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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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  • Friday, April 21, 2017 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Great Lakes Wine and Spirits has invested in energy efficient lighting, fuel efficient vehicles and car charging stations

    DETROIT Great Lakes Wine and Spirits is celebrating Earth Day by renewing its commitment to protecting Michigan’s air, land and Great Lakes.

    The distributor has transitioned to energy efficient lighting in its Highland Park facility and operates a fleet of fuel-efficient delivery trucks. All delivery trucks have automatic shut offs if they idle for more than three minutes. Their facility also has car-charging stations, which are used by employees for their personal cars as well as company-owned electric vehicles.

    “We pride ourselves on using innovative, cutting edge technology like compressed natural gas trucks to deliver products to retailers, while reducing energy waste and protecting our Great Lakes,” said Lew Cooper III, Co-CEO, at Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. “Adding greener delivery trucks has led to a yearly reduction of 14 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from our facilities, and we’re proud to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint while serving our customers.”

    Great Lakes Wine and Spirits is a statewide distributor of beer, wine and spirits, operating nine facilities across the state. Its two largest facilities, in Highland Park and Detroit, feature E24 powered roller conveyors, which reduce energy consumption by as much as 60 percent at both locations.

    “Focusing on energy efficiency saves businesses money while also protecting our air, land and the Great Lakes,” said Syd Ross, Co-CEO of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. “We lead by example through our energy efficiency initiatives and encourage our employees to follow suit, which is why we have car charging stations available at our Highland Park warehouse and are constantly seeking out ways to increase efficiencies and reduce energy use.”


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  • Friday, April 21, 2017 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Southeast Michigan beer distributor has invested in solar panels, LED lighting and hybrid vehicles

    ORION CHARTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. Powers Distributing is celebrating Earth Day by renewing its commitment to protecting Michigan’s air, land and Great Lakes.

    “We’ve worked diligently for the last four years to significantly reduce our carbon footprint by adding solar panels, LED lighting throughout our warehouse and a full fleet of hybrid tractor trailers,” said Gary Thompson, CEO at Powers Distributing. “We pride ourselves on using innovative, cutting-edge technology to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions while serving our customers across southeast Michigan.”

    The Orion Charter Township-based beer distributor, which serves retailers in Oakland and Macomb counties, has installed 16,000 feet of solar panels, cutting monthly electric costs by $2,000.

    “We have seen firsthand that focusing on energy efficiency saves money and also protects our air, land and Great Lakes,” said Gary Thompson. “We’re saving thousands of dollars every month using renewable energy to power our warehouse and energy efficient, LED lighting.”

    Powers Distributing also operates the world’s largest privately-held hybrid fleet of tractor trailers, uses and a rainwater collection system to irrigate the area around its warehouse and recycles everything from cans and bottles to shop metal and wooden pallets.


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  • Friday, April 21, 2017 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    Atlas Sales Inc. has invested in energy efficient lighting, recycles 250 tons of cardboard, cans and glass annually

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Atlas Sales Inc. is celebrating Earth Day by renewing its commitment to protecting Michigan’s air, land and Great Lakes.

    “We pride ourselves on using innovative, cutting-edge technology like electric-powered forklifts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and ensure a healthier workplace for our employees,” said Bud Dunn, vice president at Atlas Sales Inc. “We’re proud to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint while serving our customers throughout Calhoun County.”

    The Calhoun County beer distributor has transitioned to energy efficient lighting, operates electric forklifts in its warehouse and recycles more than 250 tons of cardboard, aluminum cans and glass every year. Atlas Sales Inc. also works almost exclusively with plastic, reusable pallets, which are better for the environment.

    Atlas Sales Inc. recycles 224 tons of glass, 30 tons of cardboard and 350,000 pounds of aluminum cans and bottles each year through its in-house recycling facility. In 2014, the distributor converted to energy efficient lighting saving 50,000 kilowatts of power per year

    “Focusing on energy efficiency saves businesses money while also protecting our air, land and Great Lakes,” said Dunn. “We lead by example through our energy efficiency initiatives and are constantly striving to build upon our long history of environmental responsibility by seeking ways to increase efficiencies and reduce energy use.”


  • Friday, April 21, 2017 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Earl Smith Distributing Company has invested in a LEED certified warehouse and energy efficient lighting

    PORT HURON, Mich. Earl Smith Distributing Company is celebrating Earth Day by renewing its commitment to protecting Michigan’s air, land and Great Lakes.

    “We’re proud to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint while serving our customers across Michigan’s Thumb,” said Justin Smith, vice president at Earl Smith Distributing Company. “We pride ourselves on using innovative, cutting-edge technology like a voice picking system to streamline our day-to-day operations and save time, energy and trees.”

    The Port Huron-based beer distributor, which serves retailers in St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, and Huron counties, has repurposed its warehouse in recent years to meet LEED standards, installed energy efficient lighting and transitioned to a streamlined voice picking system to fill orders.

    The voice picking system utilized by Earl Smith Distributing Company allows warehouse employees tasked with collecting the thousands of cases of beer delivered to retailers each day to do so without a cumbersome clipboard and printed orders. Instead, employees use an iPod or iPad, handheld scanner and earbuds. The system allows employees to operate more efficiently and eliminates the mounds of paper that would be printed off each day under the previous system.

    “Focusing on energy efficiency saves businesses money while also protecting our air, land and Great Lakes,” said Smith. “We lead by example through our energy efficiency initiatives and are continually seeking ways to increase efficiencies and reduce energy use.”

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    Twenty two Semis and trucks are making a 20-hour drive to Kansas to deliver grain, hay, fencing and other supplies

    WEST BRANCH, Mich. – Early Friday morning, nearly 50 people aboard 22 semis and pick-up trucks set out from West Branch on a 20-hour drive to Ashland, Kansas, to deliver hay, grain, fencing, sawdust and woodchips to ranchers who have lost hundreds of thousands of acres to recent wildfires. The convoy is scheduled to arrive in Ashland Saturday.

    “Ranches in Ashland are among the hardest hit by these wildfires, which have burned 400,000 acres in Clark County alone,” said Jock Kartes, a convoy organizer. ”We are going to personally deliver the supplies generously donated by farmers and businesses across Ogemaw County to three ranches in Ashland.”

    One of the businesses supporting the cause is Griffin Beverage, a locally owned, independent beer distributor headquartered in West Branch. The distributor provided a truck, hay and printed the signs that are affixed to the back of each semi and pick-up truck which reads, in part, “Ogemaw Wildfire Relief Convoy, from our Farm to Yours.”

    “We’re proud to be one of a number of businesses in Ogemaw County to donate our time, expertise and materials for such a worthy cause,” said Bob Griffin, president of Griffin Beverage. ”It’s heartwarming to see the entire county rally together to help these ranchers in their time of need.”

    “When Jock and I first came up with the idea to head to Kansas to help these ranchers, it was just going to be the two of us,” said Roy Smith, also a convoy organizer. “But word traveled quickly and before we knew it farmers and businesses across Ogemaw County were offering to donate materials, trucks, time and fuel. Next thing we know, we have a 22-truck convoy heading to Kansas.”

    In all, over 650,000 acres of prairie grass were scorched across Kansas, making it the largest wildfire in the state’s history.

    “We want to thank the farmers and businesses in Ogemaw County who rallied together to make these generous donations for such a noble cause,” said Kartes.

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