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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Mid-Michigan beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    OWOSSO, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Main Beverage Company is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Keith Maike, president of Main Beverage Company. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Maike. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

    Main Beverage Company is a family-owned beer distributor servicing Shiawassee and parts of Saginaw and Clinton Counties.

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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Thumb area beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    PORT HURON, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Earl Smith Distributing is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Erik Smith Sr., VP of operations at Earl Smith Distributing. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Smith Sr. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

    Earl Smith Distributing, a family-owned beer distributor located in Port Huron, services four counties in Michigan’s Thumb area.

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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    Northern Michigan beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    WEST BRANCH, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Griffin Beverage Company is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Bob Griffin Jr, general manager of Griffin Beverage. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Griffin Jr. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

    Griffin Beverage Company, a family owned beer distributor, services 43 counties throughout Michigan with warehouses in Alpena, Marquette, Saginaw, St. Ignace and West Branch.

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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Cheboygan County beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    INDIAN RIVER, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Huron Distributors Inc. is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Clayton Southwell, sales manager for Huron Distributors Inc.’s Indian River location. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Southwell. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

    Huron Distributors Inc. is a northern Michigan family–owned beer distributor servicing five counties out of its Indian River warehouse and six counties out of its Alpena warehouse.

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  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    House Bill 4557 will increase penalties, bring them in line with illegally shipped spirits

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association today applauded the Michigan Senate for overwhelmingly approving House Bill 4557, which would increase the penalties for illegally shipping wine or beer into Michigan and bring those penalties in line with illegally shipping spirits into the state.

    The legislation, which now awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature after passing the House in May, makes illegally shipping large amounts of wine or beer into the state punishable by a fine ranging from $500 to $5,000, and four years in jail depending on the amount shipped.

    “These penalties will serve as a strong deterrent to unlicensed, bad actors that are illegally shipping millions of dollars worth of beer and wine into the state without paying state taxes,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. “We applaud the Legislature for adding teeth to a statute that will make skirting state law a costly mistake.”

    HB 4557 is a follow-up to Public Act 520 of 2016, which was signed into law by Gov. Snyder in January. The new law will help the state identify illegal shippers of alcohol by requiring common carriers, such as FedEx and UPS, to report to the state what was shipped and where it was purchased.

    “This common-sense legislation, coupled with a law giving the state additional tools to monitor shipments of wine and beer into the state will create the framework and necessary fines to end illegal alcohol shipments into the state,” said Nevins. “We urge Gov. Snyder to swiftly sign this important legislation into law.”

    A comprehensive study conducted by the Hill Group in 2015 found an estimated $64 million worth of wine is purchased from third parties and shipped illegally into the state annually, depriving the state of millions of dollars in much-needed tax revenue.

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Wine connoisseurs are encouraged to drink local throughout May during Michigan Wine Month

    Kalamazoo, Mich. – Imperial Beverage is proud to join in the month-long celebration of Michigan wine during Michigan wine month, which runs through May.

    “Michigan is a world-class grape growing state, which means our winemakers have a great starting point to create fantastic wines,” said Joe Cekola, President of Imperial Beverage. “As an independent, family owned and operated wine distributor, we’re proud to play a role in the ongoing success of Michigan’s wine industry.”

    Michigan is the fifth-largest grape-producing state in the nation and is a top 10 winemaker. Our state boasts more than 100 wineries, which produce 2.3 million gallons of wine each year.

    “Michigan wineries are receiving praise nationally and internationally, and the state is quickly becoming a must-visit region for wine connoisseurs and novices alike,” said Cekola. “We’re thrilled Michigan winemakers have received such well-deserved attention and we look forward to helping them grow and thrive.”

    Imperial Beverage proudly distributes the following Michigan-made wines:

    B. Nektar Mead - bnektar.com
    Bowers Harbor Wine - bowersharbor.com
    Fenn Valley Wine - fennvalley.com
    Forty Five North Vineyard - fortyfivenorth.com
    Free Run Cellars
    - drinkmichigan.com/free-run-cellars
    Henderson Castle Winery - hendersoncastle.com
    Laurentide Winery - laurentidewinery.com
    Left Foot Charley - leftfootcharley.com
    Marland by Wyncroft - wyncroftwine.com
    Round Barn Winery - drinkmichigan.com/round-barn
    Saint Ambrose Cellars - stambrose-mead-wine.com
    Warner Wines - warnerwines.com

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  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    New report shows Michigan’s beer distributors pump nearly $1 billion into Michigan’s economy and employ nearly 5,000 people

    LANSING – A new report released today shows just how big of a business beer is in Michigan. The Beer Serves America data, released by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, finds the state’s beer industry had an overall economic impact of more than $10.5 billion in 2016.

    “Michigan’s independent, locally owned beer distributors strive to support small businesses, like craft brewers and local retailers, and help them grow and thrive on a level playing field,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. “This new data shows that Michigan’s beer industry is flourishing, and the state’s beer distributors are proud to play a role in its ongoing success.”

    According to the report, Michigan beer distributors employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million.

    “Michigan’s beer distributors have deep roots in their communities and are proud to hire locally to fill jobs that pay well with good benefits,” said Nevins. “Thanks to Michigan’s beer distributors, our state is a top five beer producer in the country and is poised to keep growing through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.”

    The state’s entire beer industry, which includes brewers, distributors, retailers and supporting industries like agriculture, transportation and manufacturing, pumped more than $10.5 billion into Michigan’s economy in 2016.

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  • Monday, May 22, 2017 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Brandi Tribell of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association recognized as a 40 Under 40 honoree by Connect Association Magazine

    LANSING — Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association’s very own Brandi Tribell has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 honoree by Connect Association Magazine. Connect Association Magazine’s 40 Under 40 recognizes the most influential people across the country who are shaping the future of association meetings and events.

    As the Director of Operations and Events, Tribell is in charge of coordinating all of MB&WWA’s events from concept to actual implementation, including contract negotiations, event budgets and on-site management for their annual conventions, legislative events and other special gatherings. 

    “It’s an honor to be named one of Connect Association’s 2017 40 Under 40” said Tribell.  “I love the work I do for Michigan’s beer and wine distributors, and to be recognized as a game-changer in an industry full of innovators is truly rewarding.”

    Under Tribell’s watch, the association has seen attendance grow at its annual summer convention five years running, breaking their attendance goals by 20 percent. 

    “Brandi is a vital part of our team, and without her we would not have surpassed our attendance goals, improved our next-generation engagement, or received the outstanding feedback on the multitude of events we’ve had” said Spencer Nevins, president of the MB&WWA. “Year after year, her innovative and creative approach ensures our events are on everyone’s calendars and that they are truly memorable to all who attend.”


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  • Friday, May 19, 2017 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    Wine connoisseurs are encouraged to drink local throughout May during Michigan Wine Month

    Traverse City, Mich. – Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, Michigan’s largest wine wholesaler, is proud to join in the month-long celebration of Michigan wine during Michigan Wine Month, which runs through May.

    “Michigan is a world-class grape growing state, which means our winemakers have a great starting point to create fantastic wines,” said Syd Ross, Co-CEO of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. “As an independent, family-owned wine distributor, we’re proud to play a role in the ongoing success of Michigan’s wine industry.”

    Michigan is the fifth-largest grape-producing state in the nation and is a top 10 winemaker. Our state boasts more than 100 wineries, which produce 2.3 million gallons of wine each year.

    “Michigan wineries are receiving praise nationally and internationally, and the state is quickly becoming a must-visit region for wine connoisseurs and novices alike,” said Lew Cooper III, Co-CEO of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. “We’re thrilled Michigan winemakers have received such well-deserved attention and we look forward to helping them grow and thrive.”

    Great Lakes Wine and Spirits proudly distributes for 19 Michigan wineries including Black Star Farms, Chateau Grand Traverse, Leelanau Cellars and Tabor Hill.

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    Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is Michigan’s largest wine, liquor and beer distributor. With 1,000 employees and ten facilities across the state, GLWAS services nearly 17,000 accounts in all 83 Michigan counties on both peninsulas. For more information, please visit www.GLWAS.com


  • Monday, May 15, 2017 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    Comprehensive safe driving program shows real-world dangers of distracted and drunken driving

    ROMULUS, Mich. – West Side Beer Distributing, a locally owned beer distributor with four locations in Michigan, including Romulus, brought the renowned Save A Life Tour to Romulus High School today. The program uses a mix of heartfelt personal stories and realistic simulators to underscore the importance of safe driving and to show the effects of impaired and distracted driving.

    “The Save A Life Tour does a remarkable job of intertwining personal, sometimes heartbreaking stories, with state-of-the-art simulators that allow teenagers to experience distracted driving or impaired driving in a safe environment,” said Rob Moore, vice president of Human Resources, at West Side Beer. “Our hope is that these students will take the words and lessons learned from today to heart and make good decisions before and after they get behind the wheel.”

    The comprehensive, high-impact safe driving awareness program informs, educates and demonstrates the potentially deadly consequences resulting from poor choices and decisions made by drivers. The program places emphasis on distracted driving, impaired driving and proper seat belt usage. 

    “The Save A Life Tour is a comprehensive, high-tech and highly interactive program that thoroughly explains the dangers of drunken and impaired driving,” said Moore. “The Save A Life Tour has proven to do just that – save lives – which is why we thought it was so important to bring this program to Romulus High School.”

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