Distribution 360 – Need To Know
Ajax Distributing Company of Memphis has announced that they will acquire nearby BarDett Distributing. Both are MillerCoors houses.
According to an article in ClarksvilleNow.com, both companies are long-time family owned businesses. BarDett was a fourth-generation family owned wholesaler founded 142 years ago and Ajax has been family owned since 1933.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld a record $2.6 million fine against beer wholesaler Craft Brewers Guild for violating anti-price discrimination statutes and commercial bribery regulations. The decision.
CBG was fined by the Massachusetts’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission in early 2015 for a variety of tied-house “pay-to-play” violations.
The Court rejected the CBG challenge to the validity of state tied-house regulations, and held that the regulation’s prohibition against commercial bribery falls “well within the overall purpose of [Massachusetts’] Liquor Control Act.” This court decision is another important affirmation of state-based tied-house regulations.
Harbor Distributing, a southern California wholesaler division of Reyes Beverage has acquired Central Coast Distributing, the MillerCoors distributor for San Luis Obispo and the northern area of Santa Barbara counties. Coast also carries some significant craft brands including Sierra Nevada, Boston Beer, Lagunitas and others.
Columbia Distributing, the large Pacific Northwest wholesaler, has gained more territory as it has announced it will purchase Graybeal Distributing of Pendleton, Oregon. Graybeal sells a little over 1 million cases, including the MillerCoors portfolio, Heineken and a variety of craft. This is the latest in the ongoing consolidation of the middle tier as the large wholesalers get larger through acquisitions of smaller “heritage” wholesalers.
Mission Beverage in Los Angeles will be closing down after selling off its Heineken brands to both Reyes Beverage Group and Classic Distributing & Beverage. Mission just recently lost its Constellation portfolio to Reyes, which was a significant part of their total business