Wisconsin beer deal

Small brewers, wholesalers compromise on distribution rules Wisconsin’s beer wholesalers and small brewers have reached a compromise on legislation the brewers had initially opposed. The bill still would require brewers to grant exclusive distribution territories to wholesalers, something the wholesalers want. Most wholesalers already have exclusive contracts with brewers. But the small brewers said a… Read More…

Rehr to Leave NBWA

High profile leader announces departure National Beer Wholesalers Association President David Rehr announced that he will be departing the NBWA for the top spot at the National Association of Broadcasters. Rehr, 46, has been with the NBWA for 13 years, taking over the duties as president in 2000. He previously served as senior vice president… Read More…

NBWA Holds Court in Vegas

Trade show and seminars include craft beer segment Over 3500 attendees are expected to gather at the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s 68th Annual Convention and Trade Show, which will take place at the Bally’s and Paris Hotels September 18-21st. In addition to the massive trade show, there will be 22 educational seminars, a host of… Read More…

New York Distributors Move Forward with Lawsuit

The lawsuit pitting New York metro area distributors Boening Bros. and Oak Beverages against Manhattan Beer Distributors, Inc. continues to grind on, moving into the discovery stage in court. The suite was first file in January. The two distributors have accused Manhattan Beer Distributors of attempting to “monopolize the beer distribution business in a fourteen… Read More…

Southern Expands into Mississippi

Company forms joint venture with D.J. Koenig Southern Wine & Spirits of America announced the expansion into Mississippi with the creation of a newly formed company, Wine & Spirits of Mississippi. The new company will be a partnership with D.J. Koenig & Associates, Inc., a wine wholesaler based in Jackson, Mississippi. The expansion into Mississippi… Read More…

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Seattle Distributor Gets Friendly

Alaska Distributors acquires Friendly Distributors Seattle-based Alaska Distributors Co. has recently acquired Friendly Distributors of Everett, Washington. Founded in 1969 by Kim and Sharon Blunt, Friendly covered the counties of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish. In addition to buying Friendly’s assets, Alaska Distributors has signed a five-year lease for the 96,000 square foot warehouse… Read More…

St. Louis A-B Sales Slowed by Distributor Strike

Lohr Distributing Co. strike enters fourth week Union workers for Lohr Distributing Co., an Anheuser-Busch distributor in the brewers home town of St. Louis, have been on strike since May 22, leading some bars and restaurants to stop serving A-B products in support of the striking workers. The Anheuser-Busch taps are still flowing at Busch… Read More…

National Wine Spirits Turns Loss Around

Company also announces acquisition of Johnson Brothers in Illinois National Wine & Spirits announced yesterday that total revenue for the 12-month period ending March 31 rose to $553.6 million, up from $540.6 million during the same period last year. Net income for the company also increased, to $5.4 million from a loss in 2004 of… Read More…