Merger in AZ

Young’s and Republic to merge operations Young’s Market Company and Republic National Distributing Company jointly announced last week that they will merge distribution operations in Arizona. The transaction is expected to close on August 1. The name of the combined venture will be “Young’s Market Company Southwest, LLC” and the President of the new venture… Read More…

No Way! ‘Brick’ to Close

DC’s famous Brickskeller rumored to close this month According various news articles and blog reports, the famed Brickskeller in Washington, DC will be closing soon. Apparently due to the sale of the building, reports have said that the closing date could be as early as Dec. 18th. The building will apparently be remodeled into a… Read More…

Lohr Diversifies

St. Louis A-B distributor acquires wine and spirits house. Lohr Distributing Co., the Anheuser-Busch Distributor in the city of St. Louis, has purchased nearby distributor Gateway Wine & Spirits. The move unusual in that the A-B wholesaler located in A-B ground zero St. Louis is expanding into a brand portfolio that will include wines and… Read More…

Craft Brewers Lose in Illinois

Court rules against AB which disallows self-distribution A federal court has thwarted Anheuser-Busch’s attempt to buy the rest of its largest Chicago-area distributor; and in the process, made it unlawful for craft brewers to self-distribute in the state. The court upheld an Illinois Liquor Control Commission ruling that because A-B’s parent, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is based… Read More…

Micro Matic Grow

Expansion of Florida facility to handle growth and consolidation A Denmark-based draft-keg-beer-dispense-equipment manufacturer Micro Matic is expanding its Tampa Bay, Florida facility for the second time in the last three years. In 2007 it grew its location from 20,000 square feet to 50,000. This week the company announced the plans to add another 32,000 square… Read More…

Start of a Trend?

Starbucks to add beer and wine in its cafe Starbucks Corp announced last week it will give beer and wine a try in one of its namesake cafes when it reopens a renovated Seattle store in the fall. According to an online Routers story, the world’s biggest coffee chain has been selling beer and wine… Read More…

7-Eleven Private Label

“Game Day’ brand to be rolled out nationwide 7-Eleven, the third-largest beer retailer in the U.S. will be rolling out an in-house brand billed as a premium beer at a budget price. Game Day comes in two varieties. Game Day Light is 3.9 percent alcohol by volume and 110 calories per 12 ounces. Game Day… Read More…

Glazer Buys Two More

Glazer acquires two beer wholesalers Glazer’s Distributors a Texas-based distributor of alcoholic beverages, has acquired Harbor Distributing, the MillerCoors distributorship in Little Rock, Arkansas and G & G Distributing, a MillerCoors distributor based in Shreveport, Louisiana. The combined houses will total about 20 million cases of beer per year in sales. At present, Glazer’s has… Read More…

More Distributor Consolidation

Heidelberg Distributing purchases A-B distributor The A-B distributor in Springfield, Ohio, Eagle Beverage Company, has been purchased by Heidelberg Distributing one of the region’s largest wholesalers of beers, wines, spirits and non-alcohol beverages and also an A-B house. Heidelberg’s Dayton facility will start deliveries as early as Monday, December 14. The transaction is expected to… Read More…

Chicago Distributors Settle

TTB announces settlement in trade practice violations The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced the acceptance of Offers-in-Compromise from 10 wholesalers in the Chicago, IL. market area for violations of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. Last year, the Trade Investigation Division of TTB completed a three year investigation of alleged trade practice… Read More…