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  • Friday, March 27, 2020 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    1,000 gallons delivered to locations across west Michigan

    HOLLAND, Mich. — New Holland Brewing Co. today announced it has produced over 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer at its distillery. This product has been delivered to health care and emergency service providers, as well as grocery and food distribution throughout West Michigan.

    “At New Holland Brewing Co., we are proud to step up and do our part to help in this time of need,” said Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland Brewing Co. “We are uniquely positioned to produce hand sanitizer for our distribution partners, health care providers and those on the front lines battling this virus.”

    Shawn Gary, president of Alliance Beverage, initially reached out to VanderKamp about producing hand sanitizer after the distributor began running low on the product for employees and couldn’t find any on store shelves. Hand sanitizer is made from three ingredients: Water, alcohol (60% or higher) and glycerin.

    VanderKamp and his team at New Holland produced the hand sanitizer while Gary and Alliance Beverage supplied him with containers to store it in and glycerin.

    “Our team at Alliance Beverage has been working nonstop to ensure our suppliers products get to market and our employees are following the necessary health and safety measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” Gary said. “I’m proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with New Holland Brewing Co. and help meet the critical need for hand sanitizer across West Michigan.”

    New Holland will continue to produce 3,000 gallons of hand sanitizer a week to be distributed though out Michigan in the coming weeks.

    Alliance Beverage distributes New Holland Brewing Co. products to retailers in more than 20 counties across West and Southwest Michigan.

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  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    Hand sanitizer produced by Detroit City Distilling

    HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — On Tuesday, March 24, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits (GLWAS) delivered eight gallons of hand sanitizer to Children and Family Services in Kalamazoo and Goodwill Industries in Traverse City. The hand sanitizer was produced by one of GLWAS’ suppliers, Detroit City Distilling.

    “All of us at Great Lakes Wine & Spirits are proud to work hand-in-hand with Detroit City Distilling to deliver hand sanitizer to health care professionals on the front lines battling COVID-19,” said Lewis Cooper III, co-CEO of GLWAS. “Our hospitals, medical providers and organizations helping those in need are in desperate need of equipment, including hand sanitizer, and we’re happy to step up and help meet this urgent need.”

    Hand sanitizer has been shown to kill the coronavirus and help stop the spread of COVID-19 when soap and water aren’t available. Because of this, hand sanitizer is in high demand. Distillers across the state, including Detroit City Distilling, have answered the call and pivoted to producing hand sanitizer, which is made up of at least 60% alcohol.

    “This is another example of Michigan’s alcohol industry stepping up when times are tough,” said Syd Ross, co-CEO of GLWAS. “If we all work together and avoid going out in public, practice social distancing and wash our hands, we can help stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

    Last week, GLWAS announced it would be purchasing $250,000 in takeout meals from restaurants across the state with the goal of providing take-home meals for its employees twice a week.

    “I want to thank everyone at GLWAS for going above and beyond during this time of need, whether it’s our warehouse employees or delivery drivers ensuring store shelves remained stocked or our leadership team for helping restaurants in the communities we call home,” Cooper said.

    On Monday, March 23, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order. Under this Executive Order, Michigan’s beer, wine and spirits distributors will continue their operations. Many alcohol distributors also distribute water, pop and juice providing an essential service to retailers across the state.

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    Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is Michigan’s largest wine and liquor distributor. With more than 800 employees and 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.


     

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    Money will be used to purchase meals for GLWAS employees

    HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — Great Lakes Wine & Spirits today announced it will begin working with local restaurants to provide meals to its employees and their families.

    “In these incredibly difficult and unprecedented times we wanted to find a way to support the restaurant community, which is taking the largest immediate hit to its business by being shut down or limited to carry-out only,” said Lewis Cooper III, co-CEO of GLWAS. “The governor’s order to close all sit-down restaurants is needed to keep us all safe, but that doesn’t make it any easier for the businessowners or their employees.”

    GLWAS will begin coordinating with restaurants around the state to have them put together meals that can be sent home with employees after their shifts. The goal is to send two meals a week home with employees.

    “We feel it’s important to show our support to our hardworking employees who are dealing with many issues at home, including educating children and caring for loved ones” said Syd Ross, co-CEO of GLWAS. “We have also been working closely with our union locals and our employees to continue to adapt our work routines and practices to create social distancing while ensuring our retail customers are stocked with wine and spirits.”

    The restaurant community has played a key role in fueling Detroit’s comeback over the last five years. By purchasing meals at Detroit restaurants and other restaurants across the state, GLWAS hopes to keep that momentum going.

    “We should be able to support our local restaurants and help our employees all while encouraging the proper habits our health care system is requiring at this time to hold back the spread of COVID-19,” said Cooper.

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    Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is Michigan’s largest wine and liquor distributor. With more than 800 employees and 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.


  • Friday, February 14, 2020 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    Michigan wine and spirits distributor part of state’s flourishing wine industry

    DETROIT — Great Lakes Wine & Spirits (GLWAS), the largest wine and spirits distributor in Michigan, is sharing a toast with wine lovers across the state on National Drink Wine Day, which is celebrated yearly on Feb. 18.

    “As the largest distributor of alcoholic beverages in Michigan, our entire team at Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is proud to raise a glass alongside wine lovers across the state on National Drink Wine Day,” said Lewis Cooper III, co-CEO of GLWAS. “National Drink Wine Day presents a great opportunity to pour a glass of your favorite wine and celebrate its important role in history, health and relationships.”

    Thanks to Michigan's independent wine distributors, like GLWAS, our state is among the Top 10 states in wine production with more than 140 wineries. Great Lakes Wine and Spirits employs more than 800 people across the state and distributes wine and spirits to every county in Michigan through its warehouses in Highland Park, Detroit, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Traverse City and Saginaw.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with wineries big and small right here in Michigan, across the country and around the world to help them succeed today and in the future,” said Syd Ross, co-CEO of GLWAS. “National Drink Wine Day is a great opportunity for wine enthusiasts to toast their favorite winemaker or try something new.”

    Michigan’s wine industry generates $5.4 billion for the state’s economy annually. On top of ranking in the Top 10 for wine production, Michigan is also the fourth-largest grape growing state in the country. Michigan is poised to keep growing and launch even more new wineries through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.

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    Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is Michigan’s largest wine and liquor distributor. With more than 800 employees and 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.


  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    HBs 4960-4961 ensures large, foreign producers can’t crowd out small craft brewers and winemakers

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association today applauded Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist for signing bills into law supporting Michigan’s vibrant craft beer and wine industries by prohibiting large, foreign producers from placing burdensome rules on Michigan’s beer and wine distributors. 

    “We applaud Lt. Gov. Gilchrist and the Legislature for standing up to large beer and wine producers and sending a strong message that the growth of Michigan’s beer and wine industries won’t be stymied by foreign producers, regardless how much clout they might have,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “Michigan’s beer and wine industries have grown by leaps and bounds over the years and this new law will ensure breweries and wineries continue to grow and thrive.”

    House Bills 4960-4961, also known as the Distributor Independence Act, passed the Michigan House last month with strong bipartisan support, receiving more than 100 “yes” votes. The bills passed the Senate earlier this month by a unanimous vote.

    “Michigan is a Top 5 producer of beer and Top 10 producer of wine in the country, and the state’s beer and wine industries are poised to keep growing, thanks to a system that promotes fairness, choice, competition and a level playing field,” Nevins said.

    Public Acts 126 and 127 of 2019 make it illegal for suppliers to:

    • Require a wholesaler to provide financial records related to any of the following:
      • Other brands sold by the wholesaler
      • Compensation of a wholesaler’s employees
      • Business operations not directly related to the distribution of the brands sold by that supplier
    • Require a wholesaler to spend the vast majority of their resources marketing or promoting the brands sold by that supplier that is based on the wholesaler’s sales revenue generated by that supplier’s brands 
    • Force a distributor to accept shipments that exceed the order placed by a wholesaler or the forecast submitted by the wholesaler
    • Prohibit a wholesaler from having competing brands on a supplier brand logoed truck
    • Require a distributor to pay for reporting software owned or mandated by a supplier
    • Require a wholesaler to pay a fee for noncompliance with a supplier requirement that is not part of a corrective action plan for nonperformance 
    • Set or attempt to set the compensation for wholesaler employees, including incentives
    • Prohibit a wholesaler from utilizing any wholesaler-owned property or equipment to market, promote or deliver brands of another supplier 

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  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    Nationally, nearly $2 billion in wine is purchased between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve

    MARQUETTE, Mich. – Employees at Pike Distributors Inc. are putting in extra hours to ensure retailers are well-stocked ahead of the busiest stretch of the year for wine sales. According to data from Nielson, nearly $2 billion worth of wine was purchased nationwide between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2016.

    “From reds to whites to rosé for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, to bubbly on New Year’s Eve, our employees are stepping up to ensure retailers can meet consumer demand during the holidays,” said Jack Ketvirtis, vice president of Pike Distributors. “From the front office and the warehouse, to our sales team and delivery drivers, the entire Pike Distributors team is ensuring consumer’s favorite wines and champagnes are on store shelves and available at restaurants.”

    According to Nielson, in 2016 consumers purchased $830 million worth of wine for Thanksgiving and over $1 billion worth of wine for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Sparkling wine sales jumped over 270 percent between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and table wine sales doubled during the same stretch.

    “Consumers in Michigan have an amazing array of choices, including wines produced in Michigan, across the country and around the world,” Ketvirtis said. “We’re proud to work with wineries near and far to help them compete, grow and thrive on a level playing field.”

    The Michigan wine industry and its more than 130 wineries generate $5.4 billion for the state’s economy. Michigan currently ranks in the Top 10 for wine production and is the fourth-largest grape growing state in the country.

    Pike Distributors, a family owned beer and wine distributor, operates out of warehouses in Marquette, Newberry and Gladstone servicing retailers throughout the central U.P.

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  • Friday, November 08, 2019 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    Skills honed from years of military service prepare veterans to help suppliers and retailers succeed

    HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – As Veterans Day approaches, Eastown Distributors is taking special steps to honor its employees who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

    “Our veterans, who have bravely defended our country at home and abroad, bring a unique skill set to the job, including self-discipline, a commitment to teamwork and a willingness to take on any task from day one,” said Paul Quasarano, president of Eastown Distributors. “These skills help our warehouse and delivery run smoothly and efficiently and ensure our local retailers and beer suppliers are poised to succeed today into the future.”

    Michigan is home to nearly 590,000 veterans, according to 2017 data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There are nearly 20 million veterans across the United States.

    “We are proud to hire veterans and are committed to ensuring those who have served our country have access to a rewarding and high-quality career when they return to civilian life,” Quasarano said. “Veterans possess skills that don’t always show up on a resume, like sense of honor, integrity and service. These skills are invaluable in an environment that thrives on efficiency and attention to detail.”

    Michigan’s independent and family owned beer and wine distributors employ thousands of Michiganders and pump millions of dollars back into local communities we call home every year.

    Eastown Distributors is headquartered in Highland Park and has serviced retailers across northeast Wayne County since 1933. Learn more at www.eastown.com.

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  • Friday, October 11, 2019 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Senate urged to pass HBs 4960-4961, which promote beer and wine distributor independence

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association is applauding the Michigan House for passing legislation Thursday to protect the state’s craft beer and wine industries and  maintain the independence of  Michigan’s  beer and wine distributors. House Bills 4960 and 4961 passed with strong bipartisan support as both eclipsed  100 “yes” votes out of a possible 110 votes.

    “We applaud lawmakers in the Michigan House who chose to side with local craft brewers and winemakers throughout Michigan and across the United States to send a strong message to huge multinational foreign companies that they can’t use their size and influence to threaten the integrity of Michigan’s three-tier system,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “Michigan’s beer and wine distributors are proud to promote choice and competition by preventing large out-of-state and foreign companies from having a monopoly on the alcohol market – and House Bills 4960 and 4961 ensure it stays that way.”

    “This was a clear choice: Representatives could stand with over 400 small Michigan craft beer and wine producers and their thousands of counterparts across the country and independent local distributors, or they could choose to support huge multinational foreign companies and their unilaterally imposed anti-competitive trade practices” said Nevins.

    House Bill 4960 passed 101-7, and House Bill 4961 cleared the chamber 100-8. For a list of representatives who stood with 400 Michigan craft beer and wine producers and their thousands of counterparts across the country, a full vote count is available here.

    HBs 4960-4961 would make it illegal for suppliers to:

    • Require a wholesaler to provide financial records related to any of the following:
      • Other brands sold by the wholesaler
      • Compensation of a wholesaler’s employees
      • Business operations not directly related to the distribution of the brands sold by that supplier
    • Require a wholesaler to spend the vast majority of their resources marketing or promoting the brands sold by that supplier that is based on the wholesaler’s sales revenue generated by that supplier’s brands
    • Force a distributor to accept shipments that exceed the order placed by a wholesaler or the forecast submitted by the wholesaler
    • Prohibit a wholesaler from having competing brands on a supplier brand logoed truck
    • Require a distributor to pay for reporting software owned or mandated by a supplier
    • Require a wholesaler to pay a fee for noncompliance with a supplier requirement that is not part of a corrective action plan for nonperformance
    • Set or attempt to set the compensation for wholesaler employees, including incentives
    • Prohibit a wholesaler from utilizing any wholesaler-owned property or equipment to market, promote or deliver brands of another supplier

    “Michigan is a Top 5 producer of beer and Top 10 producer of wine and is poised to keep growing through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” Nevins said. “We urge the Michigan Senate to pass House Bills 4960 and 4961 soon and stand up to large, multinational foreign companies that want to squelch the growth of Michigan’s thriving beer and wine industries. It’s good public policy, it’s pro-Michigan and promotes fair competition.”

    The MB&WWA represents nearly 50 beer and wine distributors throughout Michigan. The association is recognized as one of the strongest business trade associations in the state and one of the alcohol beverage industry’s most progressive state trade associations.

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  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    $302,300 included in Michigan Liquor Control Commission budget to continue enforcement

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association is applauding the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for renewing critical funding for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, which took effect on Oct. 1. Included in the MLCC’s budget is more than $300,000 to combat illegal wine shipments coming into Michigan from unlicensed out-of-state retailers. There’s also funding to hire more full-time employees, including one dedicated to licensing and enforcement.

    “We applaud the Legislature and Gov. Whitmer for understanding the importance of continuing funding for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to support its crackdown on illegal wine shipments coming into Michigan,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “Our analysis shows more than 100,000 bottles of illegally shipped wine are flowing into Michigan every quarter, making this funding so vitally important.”

    Last year, the MB&WWA began compiling quarterly reports on illegal wine shipments coming into Michigan. A new law enacted in 2018 requires common carriers, such as FedEx and UPS, to submit reports showing how much wine is coming into Michigan and where it’s coming from. The MB&WWA uses those reports and excise tax information to compile its data.

    Data from the second and fourth quarters of 2018 showed more than 1 million bottles of alcohol were shipped into Michigan in just six months, and at least 300,000 of those bottles were wine illegally shipped from out-of-state retailers. Data from the first and third quarters of 2018 were unavailable. So far in 2019, nearly 130,000 bottles of wine have been illegally shipped into the state.

    “We encourage the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to continue cracking down on bad actors who continue to thumb their nose at Michigan’s laws and regulations by knowingly shipping wine illegally,” Nevins said. “Every bottle of wine illegally shipped into Michigan robs our state of much-needed tax revenue and hurts mom-and-pop retailers that give back to their communities and are proud to call Michigan home.”

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  • Thursday, October 03, 2019 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    House Bills 4960–4961, passed with strong bipartisan support, will protect Michigan’s booming craft beer and wine markets

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association today applauded members of the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee for passing legislation to stop big, multi-national breweries and wine producers – like Anheuser-Busch – from threatening to slow the growth of Michigan’s craft beer and wine industries.

    House Bills 4960–4961 will preserve the integrity of Michigan’s regulatory system – a driving force in making Michigan the Great Beer State – and ensure Michigan’s independent beer and wine distributors maintain their independence.

    “We applaud lawmakers from both sides of the aisle for advancing this important legislation to protect the integrity of Michigan’s three-tier system and ensure the state’s beer and wine industries remain on a fast-track to growth and success,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “We urge the House Ways and Means Committee to take up these bills soon and send a strong message to large brewers and wine producers that they can’t use shady tactics and burdensome rules to rob Michigan’s beer and wine distributors of their independence.”

    Michigan is a leader in beer and wine production, thanks to a three-tier system that promotes fairness and a level playing field. At a time when craft beer production is decreasing across the country, Michigan craft beer production increased by 10% in 2018.

    “Thanks to Michigan’s independent and family owned beer and wine distributors, Michigan is a top producer of beer and wine and is poised to keep growing through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” Nevins said. “Sadly, some large brewers and wine producers are threatening the integrity of the three-tier system and Michigan’s renowned craft beer and wine industries.”

    HBs 4960-4961 would make it illegal for suppliers to:

    • Require a wholesaler to provide financial records related to any of the following:

         o Other brands sold by the wholesaler

         o Compensation of a wholesaler’s employees

         o Business operations not directly related to the distribution of the brands sold by that supplier

    • Require a wholesaler to spend a set amount of resources marketing or promoting the brands sold by that particular supplier based on the wholesaler’s sales revenue generated by that supplier’s brands
    • Force a distributor to accept shipments that exceed the order placed by a wholesaler or the forecast submitted by the wholesaler
    • Prohibit a wholesaler from having competing brands on a supplier brand logoed truck
    • Require a distributor to pay for reporting software owned or mandated by a supplier
    • Require a wholesaler to pay a fee for noncompliance with a supplier requirement
    • Set or attempt to set the compensation for wholesaler employees, including incentives
    • Prohibit a wholesaler from utilizing any wholesaler-owned property or equipment to market, promote, or deliver brands of another supplier

    The MB&WWA represents nearly 50 beer and wine distributors throughout Michigan. The association is recognized as one of the strongest business trade associations in the state and one of the alcohol beverage industry’s most progressive state trade associations.

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