• Monday, April 13, 2015 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, April 9, 2015      CONTACT: Brien Fox, (616) 949‐1210

    GRAND RAPIDS – Brien Fox, president and CEO of Grand Rapids‐based Henry A. Fox Sales Co., is being named the new chair of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the national trade association for wine and spirits distributors. Fox is to be formally installed to his one‐year chairmanship at the WSWA national convention in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, April 14.  

     “I’m honored to be selected chair of an organization that truly brings a unique cross‐section of stakeholders, businesses and entrepreneurs together to help our companies, our employees and our communities compete, succeed and thrive across all 50 states,” Fox said. “As chair, I’ll help renew and strengthen our commitment to advancing the interests and independence of wine and spirits distributors. I look forward to helping guide the WSWA as it addresses the many issues, opportunities, and trends facing our industry at the national level.

    ” Fox is the second person in his family to chair the WSWA: His father, Henry “Happy” Fox, was chair of the national trade group in 1996. Happy Fox is also the 2015 recipient of the WSWA’s Wholesaler Lifetime Leadership Award. 

    As the incoming WSWA chair, Brien Fox said his priorities include bringing diverse parties in the wine and spirits industry together to develop new partnerships that can lead to continued growth.  He said WSWA will also remain a strong advocate for common‐sense, responsible regulations that balance economic opportunities with the need to protect public health and safety.  

     “Alcohol is a product that, by its nature, will always need to be regulated,” Fox said. “WSWA will continue to spread the message that alcohol is a special product that must be marketed and sold in a special way so only responsible adults of legal drinking age have access to them. Other nations are struggling to find that balance, with sometimes deadly consequences. WSWA strongly believes that the modern regulated beverage system in the United States is a model that delivers choice, encourages growth and promotes responsibility. WSWA will continue to advocate for states’ rights and the ability for each state, including Michigan, to determine its own regulations and laws concerning the marketing and sales of alcohol beverages.

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  • Monday, March 23, 2015 2:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GRAND RAPIDS – Henry A. (Happy) Fox Jr., chairman of a three‐generation family owned beverage distributorship in Grand Rapids, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, the national trade association for wine and spirits distributors. 

    Fox is the second generation to lead Henry A. Fox Sales Co., a business established in Grand Rapids in 1952 that today is one of Michigan’s leading distributors of fine wines, and premium, imported and craft beers. Fox’s son Brien is president of the company, which delivers to all 83 Michigan counties.

     “I am honored and humbled to receive an award for doing something that I have loved doing since I was a teenager in the 1960s, and that’s providing quality service, delivering the best products and giving back to our community,” Fox said. “Henry A. Fox Sales Co. is a success today because of our team of men and women who work hard and put our customers and our community first every single day, for the past 60‐plus years. Our family of co‐workers takes pride in providing best‐of‐class value in the marketplace every day and as a team, we have positioned our company to succeed well into the 21st century.”

     WSWA’s Wholesaler Lifetime Leadership Award is presented each year to a distributor whose contribution to the association, the community and the beverage industry defines excellence, inspires loyalty and exemplifies leadership. The award will be presented to Fox at the WSWA convention in Orlando, Fla., on April 13. 

    Fox began working at his family’s distributorship in 1963 while still a senior at East Grand Rapids High School.  During his senior year of college, he took over the family business.  He continued his studies while working and graduated in 1967 from the University of Notre Dame.

     Over the next 50 years, Fox focused on growing the business with a portfolio that today represents a large variety of craft, imported and premium beers, and wines. Fox is well known for his efforts to make the alcohol industry stronger and more ethical. He established a corporate mission statement and business practice that remain well‐known and in use in the industry to this day. The company’s mission has always been to: 

       Give the best service; 

     Distribute goodness, enthusiasm and goodwill;

      Sell our products. 

    Fox is a past president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association as well as a past WSWA chairman. He has been an active community leader supporting a variety of organizations including Rotary International, the American Cancer Society of Michigan, Mary Free Bed Hospital Bed and Rehabilitation Center, Indian Trails Camp for the physically challenged, and United Way, among others.  He is also a leader for family businesses looking to ensure transition from one generation to the next.  Happy’s son Brien, a 1997 graduate of Notre Dame, joined the business in 2000 and will serve as the 2015‐2016 WSWA Chairman.

     WSWA is the national trade association representing the distribution tier of the wine and spirits industry.  With 350 member companies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, WSWA is the voice for wholesalers in Congress, the executive branch, the courts, with the news media and in communities across America.  Member firms represent more than 80 percent of the total U.S. wine and spirits market.  Information about the association is available at

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  • Saturday, February 07, 2015 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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After two years with that title, he was promoted again to become the Wal-Mart regional sales manager, where he and seven other people were in charge of all the Frito-Lay sales in Wal-Marts across the United States. Willie managed sales in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. “I loved my job at Frito-Lay,” he says. “There was a lot of moving with it. I really thought I’d stayed with it for a while.” Being promoted yet again, Willie then moved on to being the zone sales leader in Sterling Heights, where he was in charge of overseeing several executives and 110 routes. Spending 10 years with the business, Willie then was in the full swing of his career when an opportunity to return home came about. His grandparents never forced either of their sons, Todd or Budde, to get into the business at Ludington Beverage, but it was something Budde wanted to do. When he started looking to slow down, he turned to his son, Ryan to see if he had any interest in taking over the family business. “Four years ago, Budde was at the point where he was needing to figure out the future of the business,” Willie says. “He mentioned it to Ryan, looking into the future and Ryan took some time, but told him that he really loved what he was doing as a photojournalist and the business wasn’t for him.” Ryan told his dad to go to his cousins to discuss their interest, so Budde went to Todd’s sons, Tad, Brad and Willie to ask them about the possibility of moving into the business. “Tad has an amazing career in the military,” Willie says. “Brad and my dad have a great thing going with the gallery (Todd and Brad Reed Photography) and their books and I really loved what I was doing. But after talking to Budde, Steph and I talked it over and it was the right thing to do.” Wanting to keep the business local and in the family as much as possible, Willie and his family moved back to Ludington and Willie got settled into a new routine with his uncle, working at the family’s business. “We are the only local beer distributor left in town,” Willie says. “I grew up with the people who work at Ludington Beverage. They were all such great mentors to me and it was an honor and a privilege to come back.” After the first year of learning the ropes, Budde turned over the president title to Willie. Willie says that without having a great group of people working with him, he wouldn’t be able to do as much as he can in the community and for the community. “The entire team really built me up,” he says. “They have a lot of knowledge and are very influential.” Coming back after being gone for a decade, Willie says he and his family are extremely blessed to be able to live in Ludington and help support the goings-on throughout the community. “I took a lot for granted when growing up,” he says. “Being gone for 10 years really made me see the opportunities the community had to offer. We’re blessed, not a lot of people can come back here.” Willie serves on many state and nationwide committees and boards for Ludington Beverage and continues to volunteer locally as much as he can including serving on the Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce board, the Manistee Chamber of Commerce board, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital finance board, United Way of Mason County’s “Children Achieving Their Full Potential,” the West Shore Community College Foundation board and the Spectrum Health Ludington foundation board.. “The opportunities I’ve had here have been mind blowing,” he says. “We all feel very fortunate for what my previous family members have done for us, the business and the community. I hope one day one of my kids carries on the tradition and wants to work here.” With a great staff behind him, Willie continues to move Ludington Beverage forward as one Ludington’s oldest family owned and operated businesses. “It’s so much more than me,” he says. “It’s the community. Mason County is pretty amazing. Our people are so great at the company. If I decided not to show up tomorrow, the business would still move forward because of the people. They have great leadership and give me good guidance. It’s all about our team, not me.” 

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 23, 2014  

     By Meg Peters , Staff Writer  

     Last night, while Powers Distributing delivered around 24,000 cases of beer, drivers saved about 7.4 million tons of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

     Just one of their hybrid delivery tractor saves the world from 53 million tons of carbon emissions over seven years. They have 20.

     Powers Distributing is the first beverage wholesaler in the United States to purchase a fleet of hybrid tractors, making them one of the greenest businesses in southern Michigan. Over the past three years the Orion Township business has come to be known as having one of the largest, privately held hybrid fleets in the county.

     Since 2009 the beer distribution company located off Giddings Rd. has been converting their diesel fueled delivery trucks to B20 biodiesel hybrid tractors which are powered with by an electric motor and a percentage of biodiesel fuel.

     With the conversion, the company has seen a 60 percent lift in miles per gallon in all their trucks, which typically would get about eight miles per gallon. Only one every‐day delivery truck used at Powers is not hybrid. 

    With about 350 deliveries a day, that's a lot of carbon emissions not being released into the air. 

    "If you look at it from a purely financial return, it's difficult to justify the things we do," Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Gary Thompson said. "But we believe the benefits—financial, marketing and social—outweigh the costs.

     That's the biggest reason we pursue this, to make Michigan a better place to live." 

      Power's green technology extends far beyond their hybrid distribution vehicles. 

    Apart from the 20 hybrid tractors, about a $3 million investment, Powers has also purchased 10 hybrid cars for their sales team, and seven flex fuel vehicles, with plans to update technology in the future. 

    And the vehicles are only the tip of the 'go‐green' iceberg Powers is tapping.

     In 2013 Powers finished a 360 solar panel installment on top of their recycling building on the 27 acre campus. 

    Not only does the energy gained from the solar system power the 40,000 square foot recycling building, a portion of it back feeds into the other 170,000 sq. foot distribution building. Producing about 120,000 kilowatt hours a year, the solar array could power about 20 homes. In total, the solar array cuts Power's typical $15,000 electric bill every month by $2,000.

     "We've seen a change from the green minded or agenda people to people that want to see just the return on investment," Mike Haggerty with Michigan Solar Solutions who installed Power's solar array said. Powers is receiving about a nine percent annual return on investment, he added, compared to retirement accounts which are seeing about a two to three percent return. 

    "Assuming electricity goes up the same it's gone in the past 10 years, it's about an eight year return on investment for residents, and a little less for commercial.

    " The recycling building itself is pretty radical. Apart from providing its own energy, Powers earns about $1.5 million a year from selling recycled materials they recover from their retailers. 

    Over the year Powers picks up about 2 million pounds of aluminum cans from their 2,700 retailers in Oakland and Macomb counties, about one‐third of the distribution market.

     Trucks drop the cans off at the recycling center and machines bale what once contained refreshing beverages into 2,500 pound aluminum cubes that earn deposits under Michigan's bottle and can program. 

     According to Michigan legislation, about 25 percent of unreturned deposits—at 10 cents a can/bottle— are held by retailers and distributors. The other 75 percent of unreturned deposits are placed into the MI Cleanup and Redevelopment Trust Fund used to clean up contamination sites in the state. About 95.5 percent of all Michigan deposits are redeemed.

     Powers also recycles 500,000 pounds of cardboard per year, 250,000 pounds of plastic, and ships un‐ returnable glass to Glass Recyclers in Dearborn which produces post‐consumer cullet, or crushed scrap glass used in new bottles.

     For Powers, it's all about the little things. 

    A retention pond near the recycling building captures rain water, which in turn waters the grass, the truck washes and the men's urinals in all bathrooms of the plant. 

    About half of the lighting of the warehouse facility has been converted to T3 and T5 LED lightbulbs in an effort to drive down costs and electrical usage. LED lighting can provide anywhere from 30 to 75 percent savings in energy usage. If Powers were to convert the other 50 percent of lighting, it would cost roughly $90,000 with a return on investment in a little over 3.5 years. 

    Powers didn't forget about their beer delivery machinery either. The 3‐level Pick System used to shuttle different cases of beer to the correct truck at the correct time is completely mechanized. In one night the machine processes roughly 350 orders, transporting about 24,000 cases of beer to the delivery trucks. Photo‐electric eye lasers placed every 18 inches along the conveyer belt ensure that the machine does not move unless it senses a case of beer on the belt. 

    Every energy efficient step Powers Distributing takes is to keep Michigan healthy.

     "I'm not the classical definition of a tree hugger and I don't know enough about it, but I do believe we've got to take better care of the earth," Thompson said. "Economically tourism is our number one industry, and we don't want people leaving the state. 

    "When that happens, all of us hurt. There are fewer people to enjoy beer, fewer people to go to restaurants and grocery stores. So the more we can keep people here, and make Michigan a great place to live, the better off we all are.

     "It's all about trying to do everything we can do to put ourselves into a little better position to be ecologically responsible."

  • Friday, December 19, 2014 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP (December 19, 2014) – Petitpren Inc. and its employees have raised thousands of dollars this year that they will donate to nine families who are survivors of domestic violence in Macomb County. The Clinton Township-based beer and beverage distributor will hand its donation on December 19, 2014 to Turning Point, an organization based in Mt. Clemens that provides shelter and other support services to domestic violence survivors.

     In 2014, Petitpren raised $5,450.00 for Turning Point. 

    “Turning Point and the families we serve are truly grateful for the generous support from Petitpren Inc. and its employees,” said Turning Point Development Director Lynn Wilhelm. “For many years, this local business has opened its hearts to survivors of domestic violence, and we are truly grateful that Petitpren and its employees are continuing their support for another year. Their donation will help bring a much-needed smile to so many people this holiday season.” 

    “Nobody, especially women and children, should have to live in fear through no fault of their own and we wanted to continue doing our part to show support and help share some cheer during this holiday season to people who have already been through so much,” said Mark MacDonald, operations manager at Petitpren. “Our employees at Petitpren have deep roots in this community and we want to support families in any way we can.”

     MacDonald was a delivery driver at Petitpren when he first came up with the idea several years ago to support Turning Point as part of the company’s yearly commitment to community giving during the holiday. He had read an article in the Macomb Daily about the shelter and the work it does to help victims of domestic abuse and violence. Whatever funds employees raise during the year, company President Dean Petitpren and Vice President Brad Petitpren match. Over the past 30 years, Petitpren and its employees have supported more than 200 families through this community project.

     “Our company is really proud to have employees with such strong loyalty to our community and commitment to helping our fellow neighbors,” said company VP Brad Petitpren. “This community has supported our company and our employees for generations. We are proud to give back and help make our community better and stronger for everyone.

    ” About Turning Point 

    Turning Point has been serving the community for over 30 years. Our mission is to provide programs and resources that enable victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence to regain control of their lives. Services consist of an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, advocacy, Personal Protection Order assistance, a Forensic Nurse Examiners Program for victims of sexual assault, and a Prevention Education Program. Turning Point provides services to more than 3,000 individuals and answered over 12,000 crisis calls each year. Go to:

     About Petitpren Inc. 

    Petitpren was founded in 1933 by Frank Petitpren and today is run by Brad, the fourth generation in the family. The company started with one vehicle and has since grown to include a 95-vehicle fleet. Petitpren is a leading job provider in the community, employing more than 130 people in good-paying jobs. Petitpren delivers quality beer products to 1,220 retailers in Macomb County and Hamtramck. Petitpren accounts for 60 percent of beer sales in Macomb County and sells more than 4 million cases each year. Petitpren is an Anheuser-Busch distributor committed to providing quality products and service, and creating local jobs. 

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Roof leaks affect children’s wing and other rooms; donation also funds removal of potentially dangerous tree limb  

    DETROIT – December 2, 2014 – Santa Claus – in the form of Eastown Distributors – will donate $3,500 to the SVSF to fix the roof of the Center’s children’s wing. 

    The roof leaks, making one classroom unusable and also affecting other rooms at 16800 Trinity St., Detroit, one of SVSF’s four program locations. 

    “When I think about the recent Buffalo, N.Y. weather and recall the weather Detroit had last year, I’ve been very worried about how our roof was going to make it through the winter,” said Diane Renaud, SVSF Executive Director/CEO. 

    Eastown’s donation will also pay for removal of a potentially dangerous tree limb hanging over SVSF’s administration wing. The donation is in addition to the annual donations that Eastown has made to SVSF for 24 years.

     “We at the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center are very grateful to the staff at Eastown for their generosity in fixing the roof over our heads and providing Christmas to many of the children in our program,” said Renaud.

     St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center began in 1844 as St. Vincent’s Academy in Detroit, a kindergarten for orphaned children. The organization evolved through the years and moved to Farmington Hills, establishing an adoption/foster care residence for children. In 2006, when policies and the economy changed, the Center closed its residential doors, but wanted to continue to fulfill its mission of serving at‐risk children and adults. Identifying the significant need, the Center returned to Detroit and its roots of education and now provides free, personalized educational support for children and adults. These programs are designed to help build self‐sufficiency skills for academic and employment success, personal achievement and dignity.

     Eastown Distributors is a family‐owned business, founded in 1933 and now in its fourth generation. Eastown has grown from a 1,000 square‐foot warehouse to its current 120,000 square‐foot facility employing over 100 employees and servicing 1,700 customers. For more information, visit

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  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PAW PAW – Family-owned beer and wine distributor Paw Paw Wine Distributors and local craft brewers Paw Paw Brewing Co. are teaming up to donate to Eleanor’s Pantry and help families during the month of November through an interesting and innovative way. 

    Paw Paw Brewing Co. is gathering much-needed donations during Tuesday presentations on the history of beer and the craft of brewing. The public event is open to adults over the age of 21 and attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods, non-perishable foods and beverages that will be donated to Eleanor’s Pantry, a food bank that helps provide food and support to families in need in Van Buren County.

     Paw Paw Brewing will hold a presentation at 6:30 this Tuesday at 929 E Michigan Ave., Paw Paw.

     Paw Paw Wine Distributors has been partnering with Paw Paw Brewing for the event, including donating cases of non-alcoholic beverages.

     Paw Paw Wine Distributors President Dave Bogen said: “Eleanor's Pantry provides an essential service to the community. The staff and volunteers provide outstanding service to families in need. As a family-owned business with ties to the community, Paw Paw Wine Distributors is pleased to support Eleanor's Pantry. It is wonderful to work with Paw Paw Brewing on this project as well. Not only are they a great craft brewing company, but a caring group that is giving back to the community that has supported them and we are happy to be part of this.

    " Paw Paw Brewing Co. President Ben Fleckenstein said: “It’s about getting people fed. Strong community is important to Paw Paw Brewing Company. Eleanor’s Pantry helps tremendously with the people of this community and we’re happy to have a creative way of both educating folks about craft beer and supporting their efforts this month.

    ” Eleanor's pantry serves about 1,000 adults and children a month from the Paw Paw-Lawton area who are struggling to make ends meet. The food bank is staffed by over 70 volunteers from the community with support form other West Michigan individuals and businesses providing donations, distribution and labor. 

    In addition to food and beverage items, Eleanor’s Pantry also specifically requests: canned salmon, peanut butter (18 oz. or smaller), cereal, instant oatmeal, dry beans, hearty soups with at 2 least 6 grams of protein, tuna helper, canned fruits such as pineapple, mixed fruit and oranges, canned vegetables such as carrots, mixed vegetables and spinach, 100-percent juice, ranch dressing, baking mixes (brownie, cake, cookies, etc.), frosting, coffee or tea, vegetable oil, sugar and flour. 


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