Distribution 360 – Need To Know
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
Elgin Beverage, an Illinois wholesaler of Constellation Brands and other beverages has been fined by the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) for pay-to-play practices in the marketplace. The TTB accused Elgin of making improper payments to retail accounts seeking preferred placement of its products. The wholesaler negotiated a fine of $325,000 for the infractions.