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  • 5/20/2014 - Florida Rep. Jamie Grant Commends RNDC
    May 20, 2014 | TAMPA – Florida Representative Jamie Grant visited Republic National Distributing Company’s Tampa office this morning to personally thank company representatives for providing $15 million worth of scholarships for low-income Florida students.

    "The significance and lasting impact of this contribution cannot be overstated," said Rep. Grant. "By supporting the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, Republic National is investing in the future of our children and our community by providing educational opportunities for Florida’s lower-income K-12 students.”

    Representatives from Step Up For Students, a Tampa-based nonprofit that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, joined Grant in thanking Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) executives for the contribution, which will fund more than 2,750 full scholarships.

    Step Up For Students is funded by corporate donors, like RNDC, that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions to the program. The program provides scholarships to qualified low-income families throughout Florida, allowing recipients to choose between a scholarship to help with private school tuition and fees, or a transportation scholarship to attend an out-of-district public school.

    Ron Barcena, executive vice president of RNDC Florida, presented Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill with an oversized check representing the company’s $15 million pledge for the 2014-15 school year.

    “RNDC is thrilled to support a program that so positively affects the lives of Florida children,” said Barcena. “We know that a quality education is the cornerstone for a successful future, and we couldn’t be more pleased to help provide a great foundation for so many students in need.”

    RNDC joined Step Up For Students as a corporate partner in 2012 and has since contributed a total of $45 million.

    “On behalf of our families, we thank Republic National Distributing Company for their generosity. There are thousands of students who will now have a choice in their education, thanks to this significant contribution,” said Doug Tuthill, Step Up For Students president. “RNDC is a wonderful partner and we are thankful for their continued support.”
    During the 2013-14 school year, nearly 60,000 students throughout the state are attending a school of their parents’ choice with help from Step Up For Students Scholarships. There are currently more than 2,500 Step Up scholars in Hillsborough County.

    About Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC)
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,800 individuals nationwide. For more information, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.

    About Step Up For Students
    Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization responsible for administering the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for the free- or reduced-price lunch program and students who are in foster care or who are homeless. It provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice, or $500 toward transportation costs to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions. For further information, visit www.StepUpForStudents.org.
  • 4/23/14 - Pernod Ricard USA
    PERNOD RICARD USA APPOINTS REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY AS ITS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR IN 8 MARKETS

    New York, N.Y., April 23, 2014 -- Pernod Ricard USA, the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., today reaffirmed its longstanding relationship with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), one of the country’s leading spirits and wines distributors, as its exclusive distributor in 8 markets, effective July 1, 2014.

    The appointments – which come after an extensive review process – create a tighter alignment between the companies at the local market level. RNDC will represent Pernod Ricard spirits and wines brands in Texas, Louisiana, Maryland (including Montgomery County), Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Washington, DC. RNDC also will sell Pernod Ricard wines in Virginia, and in Georgia and New Mexico under National Distributing Company. RNDC will continue to act as an authorized distribution agent for Pernod Ricard USA in Michigan.

    “Our renewed partnership with RNDC significantly enhances our powerful route to consumers,” said Bryan Fry, President and CEO, Pernod Ricard USA. “RNDC has a strong track record of success with Pernod Ricard in its appointed markets, and we look forward to further leveraging their excellent planning and execution capabilities.”

    Tom Cole, RNDC’s President, said RNDC is pleased to enhance its relationship with Pernod Ricard USA. “We are confident that we can build upon the momentum enjoyed by Pernod Ricard’s leading brands, which are desired by bartenders, retailers and consumers alike,” Cole said. He added that he expects the leadership teams of both companies to jointly develop even stronger, mutually beneficial initiatives in support of Pernod Ricard’s portfolio.

    Fry said the new relationship will “harness the power of our premium brands by enabling both Pernod Ricard USA and RNDC to better capitalize on such key business drivers as innovation, multicultural marketing, digital media and the growth of chain stores.”

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    About Pernod Ricard USA®
    Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, which employs a workforce of nearly 19,000 people worldwide and is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI).

    The company’s leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth™ Gin, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Martell® Cognac, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod®, Ricard® and Avión™ Tequila (through a joint venture with Tequila Avión); such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.
    Pernod Ricard USA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 850 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org.
    About Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC)
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,800 individuals nationwide. For more information, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.
  • 4/21/2014 - Employer Wellness Awards
    Republic National Distributing Company Earns Silver in Healthyroads® “Fit Company” Employer Wellness Awards

    ATLANTA (April 21, 2014) – Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits, has been named a silver award winner in the fourth annual Healthyroads Fit Company Award® program. The awards recognize organizations nationwide that demonstrate their commitment to improving the overall health and fitness of their employees by offering exceptional employee wellness programs and benefits.

    RNDC’s “Wellness Delivered” employee wellness program serves more than 7,800 associates and offers participants a variety of knowledge and resources to become educated about and improve their health. For example, all associates and spouses are asked to complete a biometric testing and a Personal Health Assessment (PHA); in exchange, they receive preferred rates on their medical coverage for those enrolled in the plan. Last year this incentive helped motivate 80 percent of those enrolled in the medical plan to complete the activities, providing an increased awareness of their health which could lead to the treatment of preventable conditions.

    Once participants have a good understanding of their health risks, RNDC helps them improve their health through key programs such as walking or running challenges and healthy volunteer activities. RNDC also offers the Healthyroads Coaching® program, which allows associates the opportunity to engage with their own personal health coach at no cost. The health coach can help them set and achieve health improvement goals, such as managing their weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, controlling stress or simply living healthier. Coaches provide support to help them track their progress as they work toward changing their everyday habits and reducing the risks of serious health conditions.

    “The theme of ‘Wellness Delivered’ represents RNDC’s commitment to its associates by providing the tools, resources and incentives for them to take actionable steps to improve their health,” said Jennifer Wyant, Vice President, Corporate Compensation and Benefits, RNDC. “We’re thrilled to see such a high level of engagement in our program. It shows our associates have an interest in the rewards of participation, which include better awareness of their overall health as well as preferred rates on their medical plan.”

    A key driver of associate participation is support from senior leadership. RNDC President Tom Cole set the tone early by putting out a call for participation through a program awareness campaign. Additionally, senior leaders encouraged their markets to form local wellness committees to help plan and execute activities for their worksites. RNDC also promoted its volunteerism and community service policy which allows associates to take up to eight hours of compensated time to participate in various community volunteer events, believing that there is a positive link between volunteering and better health.

    RNDC’s wellness program was first implemented in 2012. The program is made available through Healthyroads, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH). ASH is one of the nation’s leading providers of employer population health programs.

    “We congratulate Republic National Distributing Company for incorporating the values of healthy living into their corporate culture,” said American Specialty Health CEO and Chairman George DeVries. “They’re empowering their associates to take charge of their health, which can help improve both their health and productivity.”

    The Healthyroads Fit Company Award winners were selected based on their commitment to best practices in worksite wellness, unique or creative ideas that encourage a culture of health at the workplace, clarity and consistency of employee health promotion and communications, and associate participation and engagement levels in wellness initiatives. Judges included leading wellness experts from ASH and top-ranked organizations outside of ASH.

    About Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC)
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,800 individuals nationwide. For more information, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.

    About Healthyroads, Inc.
    Healthyroads, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH), offers a wide range of population health solutions, including: the award-winning Healthyroads telephone-based lifestyle and health coaching programs, member engagement promotions, program management, health risk assessments, biometric screenings, claims analytics, risk stratification, incentive management plans, competitive group challenges, worksite wellness programs and/or an integrated online wellness portal, Healthyroads.com. Healthyroads serves nearly 5.5 million members nationally. For more information, visit www.ASHCompanies.com or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Healthyroads, YouTube at www.youtube.com/healthyroads, Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/healthyroads, Twitter at @Healthyroads and Instagram at @Healthyroads.
  • 1/24/2014 - Joint Venture
    For Immediate Release

    REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY AND NATIONAL WINE AND SPIRITS OF MICHIGAN
    ANNOUNCE JOINT VENTURE IN MICHIGAN

    DALLAS – January 24, 2014 – Republic National Distributing Company USA (RNDC) and National Wine and Spirits of Michigan (National) today announced their agreement to create a joint venture in the state of Michigan. The two companies will join together to distribute wines and spirits through the State’s Authorized Distribution Agent (ADA) system and National’s existing wine wholesale distributor and current brokerage company. The new company will be named “RNDC National” to reflect a shared vision and alignment between the two companies.

    The new joint venture will benefit from National’s market-leading spirits position, winery partnerships and beer alliances as well as RNDC’s industry-leading sales, marketing and supply chain management expertise.

    Tom Cole, President of RNDC-USA, said, “We are excited to partner with Jim LaCrosse, John Baker and their Michigan team to bring superior service and offerings from our supplier partners to Michigan retailers and restaurateurs. We are fortunate to represent many outstanding producers through our ADA, wholesale and brokerage partnership with NWS Michigan and look forward to our growth prospects in the Great Lakes State.”

    Added John Baker, COO & Director of National, “NWS has already built strong and trusted partnerships with RNDC in Indiana and Kentucky, so we understand and have experienced the tremendous upside of expanding the NWS-RNDC relationship to the great state of Michigan. There are many winners in this equation: the State & ADA system, supplier partners, licensees, and employees. We are excited about the future.”

    The transaction is expected to close in the next few weeks subject to closing conditions.

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    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,500 individuals nationwide.
    For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.

    About National Wine and Spirits, Inc.
    National Wine & Spirits became the leading wine & spirits wholesaler in the Midwest under the ownership and leadership of Jim LaCrosse. National has now partnered with RNDC in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan for optimal strategic positioning. The entrepreneurial spirit of its owner continues through NWS Holdings, a venture-level investment subsidiary.
  • 1/2/2014 - Organizational Announcement
    ATLANTA – January 2, 2014 – Bob Hendrickson, Executive Vice President of Republic National Distributing Company USA (RNDC), and Chris Underwood, Chief Executive Officer of Young’s Market Company, today announced the transition of Mark Moser from Young’s Market Company in Arizona to a new role as Executive Vice President with National Distributing Company (NDC) Georgia, effective February 3. In his new role, Moser will have responsibility for the overall development and performance of NDC business in the state of Georgia.

    Moser joined RNDC in 1990 as a Division Manager of Wine in Dallas before advancing to the position of Vice President, where he led the wine and spirits teams for North Texas. In 2000, he relocated to Houston to assume the top leadership position of Executive Vice President. Moser held that title until 2007 before being promoted to the role of President of RNDC Arizona.

    In 2011, Moser was selected to lead a joint venture between RNDC and Young’s Market Company in Arizona. During his tenure, he played a significant role in leading the Arizona team in a very competitive market, while growing market share and strengthening its position in this strategic state. Young’s Market Company plans to announce Mark’s successor within a month.

    Moser is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Relations. He has more than 29 years of industry experience, beginning with the E&J Gallo organization.

    Moser will relocate to Atlanta to assume his new role at NDC Georgia and will report directly to Bob Hendrickson.

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    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,500 individuals nationwide.
    For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.

    About Young’s Market Company
    Young’s Market Company is one of the nation’s largest distributors of fine wines and spirits with operations in California, Hawaii, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming.
  • 12/12/2013 - Constellation Brands Renews
    12-Constellation Brands Renews
    Distributor Agreements with Republic National Distributing Company

    VICTOR, N.Y., DEC. 12, 2013 – Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today the signing of new, five-year distribution agreements with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), granting exclusive rights to sell Constellation’s portfolio of wines and spirits in specific markets in the U.S. The new agreements extend a 2009 collaboration and take effect in March, 2015.
    RNDC will continue to have exclusive distribution rights in nine markets: Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and the District of Columbia. The current agreements in North and South Dakota, which began in 2012, will continue for their full, five-year term.
    “Since we evolved our route-to-market strategy a few years ago with a consolidated distributor network, our work with RNDC has led to improved efficiencies and coordination of marketing and promotional programs that support our great brands and promote organic growth for the business,” said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer, Constellation Brands. “We are thrilled to extend our relationship with RNDC to continue harnessing the power of our full portfolio into the marketplace and look forward to continued success together.”
    RNDC has dedicated approximately 170 sales people to exclusively sell Constellation’s brand portfolio. “The opportunity to continue to be Constellation’s preferred distributor and broker in these nine key markets across the U.S., in addition to the other 10 markets where Constellation and RNDC do business together, further aligns our priorities, incentives, and commitment to bringing these dynamic brands to market. Likewise, we are thrilled to extend our relationship with Constellation,” said Tom Cole, president, RNDC.

    About Constellation Brands
    Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is an S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® wine, beer and spirits company with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, sales in approximately 100 countries, operations in about 40 facilities and approximately 6,000 talented employees. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become the world’s leader in premium wine and the number three beer company in the U.S. with brands that people love, including: Arbor Mist, Black Box, Blackstone, Clos du Bois, Estancia, Franciscan Estate, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Mark West, Mount Veeder, Nobilo, Ravenswood, Rex Goliath, Robert Mondavi, Ruffino, SIMI, Toasted Head, Wild Horse, Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, Tsingtao, Victoria, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.
    Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to its brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 8,000 individuals nationwide. For more information contact: www.rndc-usa.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements
    This news release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may relate to Constellation’s business strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third parties. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements.
    In addition to risks associated with ordinary business operations, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are subject to other risks and uncertainties, including factors and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2013, which could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.
  • 12/6/2013 - Organizational Announcement
    For Immediate Release

    DON WOLZ APPOINTED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF RNDC KENTUCKY

    ATLANTA – December 6, 2013 – Republic National Distributing Company USA (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, today announced the promotion of Don Wolz to executive vice president of RNDC Kentucky, effective January 5, 2014. In his role, Wolz will have responsibility for leading the business unit in sales and operations replacing current market president, Vertner Smith.

    Wolz began his career in the beverage alcohol industry in 1987 in Indiana with the E&J Gallo winery. He later went to work for Indiana Wholesale Wine and Liquor (Johnson Brothers) as a sales representative and as a district manager. In 1990, Wolz relocated to Kentucky to continue his career where he worked for Brown Kaiser and Horizon Wine and Spirits-Kentucky in key executive management positions. While at Horizon Wine and Spirits, he played a critical role in bringing the business to the RNDC network in 2006.

    Wolz currently serves as executive vice president of Sales for RNDC KY where he led the sales team that earned the Distributor of the Year award from E&J Gallo in 2008 and Brown-Forman in 2012.

    Wolz earned his Master in Business Administration (MBA) for the University of Louisville in 2000. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration which complements his 26 years of industry experience. Wolz currently serves on the executive board of Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of Kentucky and is an active member of Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America. He is also involved with Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Hand and Hand Ministries, and various other charitable and nonprofit organizations.

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    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,500 individuals nationwide.

    For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.
  • 11/11/2013 - Vertner Smith Announces Retirement from RNDC Kentucky
    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) of Kentucky CEO and President Vertner Smith has announced his retirement from the Company, effective January 1, 2014.

    Vertner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1971. Shortly thereafter, he joined the family firm, The Vertner Smith Company, which was founded by his grandfather in 1944 and became President and CEO in 1993 coinciding with his father’s retirement.

    In 1998, the Vertner Smith Company merged with Kentucky Wine & Spirits to become Commonwealth Wine & Spirits. Recognizing there would be benefits in joining forces with a large regional wholesale distributor Commonwealth W&S selected Republic Beverage as their partner in 2006. Following the partnership, Vertner became President of RNDC Kentucky in 2007.

    RNDC Kentucky has excelled over the years, particularly in operations, winning Warehouse of Excellence awards in 2009 and 2011. Operational excellence and customer satisfaction have been the keys to success surrounding these achievements. Additionally, Kentucky’s acuity with new technology and dedication to change management has put Kentucky at the forefront of RNDC states in major technological and operational transitions. Through his leadership, Vertner also led his sales team to garner Distributor of the Year Awards from both Brown-Forman in 2012 and Gallo in 2008.

    Over the years, Vertner has also played a key role in the Industry, believing firmly that he should give back to the Industry that has provided such a great life for himself and his family. In 1994, he began working with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) and later became an officer on the Board of Directors in 2004 and would eventually hold the position of Chairman. During his term, WSWA passed its first-ever bill through Congress, fondly remembered as “All in Bond” which is still paying great dividends for all distributors. Vertner also served as President of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky many times during his 40-year career.

    Carrying this same ideology to the city where he was born and raised, Vertner served on a number of local Boards – School Choice, Kentucky School of Art, Chance School, Walden Theater, among others – in an effort to focus on improving the quality of life in Louisville.

    Upon retirement from his current role at RNDC, Vertner will continue to work for the Company with a particular focus on bringing new technology to sales and marketing in order to increase RNDC’s effectiveness and efficiency in the market. He also will continue to pursue his other avocations in his spare time – fishing, bicycling, travel and being a great Granddad to three (soon to be four) wonderful grandchildren. RNDC wishes Vertner the best of success as he transitions to this new and exciting phase of his personal and professional life.

    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,500 individuals nationwide.
  • 11/11/2013 - Republic National Distributing Company to be Corporate Patron of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust

    The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest wine and spirits distributor, have announced that RNDC is to become the first ever U.S. distributor to join WSET’s group of Corporate Patrons.

    Ian Harris, WSET Chief Executive said: “This is a very significant development for us at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. We have seen how the continuing growth in wines in the U.S. market has created a real need for sound product knowledge of international wines and spirits. We know that the role of the wholesaler/distributor remains a pivotal one in supplying not just wines and spirits but relevant background to allow its customer base to sell on. RNDC has been quick to recognize the importance of giving some structure to this, having been an approved provider of WSET’s globally recognized qualifications to their staff and clients since 2010.”

    As part of the arrangement, RNDC agreed to provide a scholarship for a week-long work experience at RNDC to gain exposure to all aspects of its business, including work at a partner vineyard. Additionally, RNDC offered data to WSET to illustrate the impact its education programs have on increasing customer knowledge and sales.

    “RNDC is a leader in the industry in terms of promoting, providing and developing wine and spirits education – and WSET plays an important role in that effort. We were the first distributor in the U.S. to be authorized to offer WSET training, so becoming a Corporate Patron was a natural progression,” said Tom Cole, President of RNDC-USA. “We have seen a growing interest in wine and spirits education on the part of buyers, suppliers and customers and want to ensure that our representatives continue to help educate their customers on how best to present wine and spirits and enhance their sales.”

    Harris continued: “Having the additional support of their Corporate Patronage will mean that both organizations can benefit from a closer working relationship, and we are delighted that RNDC has decided to take this step. They join a list of companies and organizations, including most of the major multinationals, all of whom recognize the value that education can bring to their businesses. We’re very much looking forward to working with them.”

    RNDC has a long track record of providing best-in-class training to its associates, and WSET has played a significant role in that effort. Since 2010, RNDC has sent more than 560 associates through WSET Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 with tremendous success achieving some of the highest pass rates in the world based on WSET’s global statistics.
  • 7/25/2013 - Organizational Announcement
    For Immediate Release

    REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY APPOINTS SCOTT LAMMERT SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

    ATLANTA – July 25, 2013 – Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, today announced the promotion of Scott Lammert to senior vice president of Marketing. In his role, Lammert will have responsibility for the overall development and performance of the RNDC business related to supplier marketing, and leadership of the marketing teams dedicated to supplier brand management.

    “Scott has been a longtime contributor at RNDC with a strong track record of success in multiple leadership positions. His promotion to SVP of Marketing over supplier brands will add tremendous value to our organization as well as to our suppliers and customers. Scott is an ideal fit for this new and important strategic leadership position,” said Bob Hendrickson, executive vice president, Republic National Distributing Company.

    Lammert has more than 22 years of service with RNDC after joining as a sales associate in 1990. During his tenure, he has held multiple leadership positions in wine and spirits across the state of Texas. Most recently, Lammert served as the executive vice president of the South and West Texas markets.

    Throughout his tenure at RNDC, Lammert has played an instrumental role leading his teams through significant market and organizational change in order to provide best-in-class service and support to customers and suppliers. As a result of his leadership and vision, business results for his region have translated into consistent year-over-year growth for the past six years.

    Lammert is a graduate of Texas State University where he earned a bachelor of arts in Marketing. He will remain based in Schertz, Texas.

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    About Republic National Distributing Company

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,500 individuals nationwide.

    For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.
  • 7/1/2013 - RNDC CULTIVATES CULTURE OF LEARNING
    For Immediate Release

    REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY CULTIVATES CULTURE OF LEARNING WITH DDI-CERTIFIED MASTER TRAINERS

    ATLANTA – July 1, 2013 – One year after launching its multi-faceted training and professional development program – the Center for Professional Learning – Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, continues to demonstrate its commitment to best-in-industry training and development through its partnership with the renowned Development Dimensions International (DDI).

    Since launching the Center for Professional Learning in July 2012, RNDC has invested heavily in its own, sending six associates to achieve certifications as DDI Master Trainers and 57 associates as DDI Facilitators to service all training needs across the 20 states in which RNDC operates.

    “Training and professional development are an integral part of our culture at RNDC. In order to train, develop and maximize the performance and career opportunities of our associates, we have made a strategic investment in skills certification for our HR, Training and Operations leaders. As a result, our leaders are able to deliver best-in-class training and development experiences that not only engage our associates, but truly build and improve their knowledge, skills and abilities,” states Lorraine Luke, Vice President of Field HR and Training at RNDC.

    DDI takes a comprehensive, yet practical, approach to associate talent development. DDI’s successful blueprint assists RNDC in bringing together strategies, processes, and activities to systematically manage and support the ongoing development of RNDC’s talent.

    Dean Fiala, Director of Training at RNDC, states, “The DDI-certified Master Trainers and Facilitators at RNDC provide our associates with the structured and progressive teachings needed to achieve personal and professional success - all while serving the needs of our suppliers, customers and community.’

    The RNDC Center for Professional Learning offers dynamic and engaging training courses and development that can spans an associate’s career life cycle at RNDC. The learning framework is based on a progressive training track concept anchored to the RNDC Leadership Competency Models, which identify what RNDC leaders and associates must to do meet current and future business challenges.

    RNDC’s learning culture leverages an integrated framework that includes the experiences its associates encounter through real on-the job-training; what they learn from others including mentors, supervisors, and peers; and the training and professional development that are already part of our formal talent management processes.
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    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,500 individuals nationwide.

    For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.
  • 3/26/2013 - Organizational Announcement
    For Immediate Release

    REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY APPOINTS BILL CAMPION EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF RNDC SOUTH CAROLINA

    ATLANTA – March 26, 2013 – Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, today announced the appointment of Bill Campion as executive vice president of RNDC South Carolina. In his role, Campion will have responsibility for leading all sales and operations for the business unit.

    “We are very fortunate to have Bill’s leadership in this important role,” said Bob Hendrickson, executive vice president, Republic National Distributing Company. “He possesses a strong track record of success delivering best-in-industry service to our customers and suppliers while ensuring our business practices are executed to the highest standards. The South Carolina market will benefit greatly from his appointment.”

    Campion brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his role. Most recently, Campion served as executive vice president of RNDC Pensacola where he made a tremendous impact positioning RNDC as a formidable and profitable distributor of choice in the Northwest Florida market. He also played an instrumental role in leading the RNDC Pensacola team through the RNDC purchase of the N. Goldring Company and its subsequent transition.

    In 2008, Campion joined the leadership team at RNDC Pensacola as vice president of Sales. Prior to that, he served as vice president of Sales and Marketing for N. Goldring Company in Pensacola. He also previously held the position of On-Premise District Manager for the company.

    Campion will report directly to Tom White, region president, and will be based in Columbia, S.C.

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    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,000 individuals nationwide.

    For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.
  • 1/11/2013 - REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY NAMES MATT FREEMAN AS CORPORATE MANAGER OF COMMUNICATIONS
    For Immediate Release

    ATLANTA – January, 2013 – Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, today announced the hiring of Matt Freeman as corporate manager of communications. In this role, Freeman will be responsible for planning, development and coordination of RNDC’s communications programs.

    “We are pleased to have Matt leading corporate communications efforts for our company,” said Tom Cole, president, Republic National Distributing Company. “His wealth of experience in strategic communications and collaborative leadership style make him an excellent fit, and will add tremendous value to our organization.”

    Freeman brings extensive experience developing and implementing strategic communications to the company. He comes to RNDC from AGL Resources, the nation’s largest natural gas distributor, where he most recently served as corporate communications manager. He also has served as public and media relations specialist for the company.

    Prior to that, Freeman spent close to six years at leading public relations firm Edelman, where he served as account supervisor managing projects across a variety of industries including retail, consumer packaged goods, insurance and sports.

    Freeman earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Vanderbilt University. He is based in Atlanta.

    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,000 individuals nationwide.
    For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.
  • 11/2/2012 - Republic National Distributing Company Announces Contribution to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    November 2, 2012

    (NEW ORLEANS) – Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) today announced a $50,000 contribution from Republic National Distributing Company Foundation to the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The contribution will help to fund vital human services and donations of critical supplies for hard-hit communities in the affected regions.

    “We want to respond immediately and effectively to help the many families coping with severe hardship from this historic natural disaster,” said Tom Cole, President, Republic National Distributing Company. “This is a natural extension of our long-standing support of charitable activities in local communities where we operate, and I want to commend our State Presidents and Associates already volunteering with relief projects.”

    “Super storm Sandy has devastated many parts of the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. Thanks to the generosity of RNDC, we will be able to provide help, hope and comfort to millions of people affected by this epic storm,” said American Red Cross representative, Terri Badour.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,000 individuals nationwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com
  • 7/5/2012 - RNDC Donates $15 Million to Fund Scholarships for Florida Children
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2012

    Republic National Distributing Company Donates $15 Million to Fund Scholarships for Florida Children

    (ATLANTA) — Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) announced today that it will be contributing $15 million to the Step Up For Students Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

    As the nation’s second largest beverage alcohol distributor of premium wine and spirits, RNDC’s generous tax redirection will provide 3,356 scholarships for children in Florida to attend the school that best meets their individual learning needs while receiving dollar-for-dollar tax credits for their donation.

    Created in 2001 by the Florida legislature, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows corporations to redirect up to 90 percent of their Florida alcoholic beverage excise tax to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program. During the 2011-12 school year, Step Up For Students awarded more than 38,000 scholarships to underprivileged students in Florida.

    “On behalf of the thousands of students benefitting from a Step Up For Students scholarship, we are so thankful for Republic National Distributing’s generous contribution that will fund nearly 3,400 scholarships for low-income students throughout the state,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students. “The impact that RNDC will make is profound and we are humbled by their generosity and partnership.”

    Built on the strong foundations of long-term, well-established family owned companies that can be traced back to 1898, RNDC is dedicated to investing its success back into the communities that it serves through organizations like Step Up For Students. RNDC’s philanthropic resume also includes various causes among the arts, history, education, religion, welfare, civic, medical, youth development and industry-related charities.

    “We are proud to announce our partnership with Step Up For Students and together we will deliver educational opportunity to low-income students and their families in Florida,” said Tom White, Region President, RNDC. “Charitable giving is at the core of our corporate culture and we eager to participate in Step Up For Students, which recognizes the power of a quality education that is tailored to the unique needs of today’s children, especially those who are less fortunate.”

    About Republic National Distributing Company
    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,000 individuals nationwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.

    About Step Up For Students
    Step Up For Students is the nonprofit organization responsible for administering the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch and provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions. For more information, visit www.stepupforstudents.org.
  • 6/18/2012 - RNDC Announces Executive Vice President for Control States
    Republic National Distributing Company Announces
    Executive Vice President for Control States

    GRAND PRAIRIE - (June 18, 2012) - Republic National Distributing Company, one of the largest premium wine and spirits wholesale distributors in America, announced today a new leader as part of the Control States management team. Bob Hendrickson, Executive Vice President of RNDC, announced today that Joe Gigliotti has been promoted to Executive Vice President of RNDC Control States. Commenting on the new role, Bob Hendrickson said, “RNDC continues to demonstrate its commitment to establish the finest sales leadership team in the industry that will result in a more effective market focus. Over the next year, Joe will partner directly with the various state sales teams and ABC commissioners to ensure our business practices are consistently executed to our high standards. Under Joe’s leadership, RNDC will continue to deliver the best service in the industry to our customers and suppliers.”

    Joe joined the sales leadership team at RNDC in June 1999 as President of the RNDC Virginia market. He has been responsible for strategically aligning the portfolio around key supplier partners through brand trades and acquisitions. In addition, under his leadership the market has attained organic sales growth in double digits over the last few years. Joe’s ability to recognize, develop, and align the market talent has resulted in an innovative and proactive results-driven sales organization. As such, RNDC is excited about Joe’s new role in the Control States in which his strategic leadership will improve brand performance and engage the sales teams to deliver positive and impactful business results.

    Joe has more than 29 years of industry experience. Prior to joining RNDC Virginia, he spent 11 years with Forman Brothers, Inc. of Washington, DC serving in numerous leadership including Gallo positions and Fine Wine sales management roles. His progressive career track included the Vice President/General Sales Manager role for four years with Forman Distributing Company of Virginia. In that role, he successfully introduced wine category management to the Virginia market and restructured the traditional sales hierarchy into separate sales execution and marketing teams. As the NDC Northern Virginia President/General Manager, Joe was instrumental in the transitioning of Forman, Inc. from a local family-owned business to a high-growth company that became part of a ten state distribution network.

    Joe will report directly to Sim Byrd, RNDC President Control States and will remain based in Richmond, Virginia.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,000 individuals nationwide.
  • 6/13/2012 - Announcing the RNDC Center for Professional Learning Launch
    Source: RNDC

    June 13, 2012

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States, is pleased to announce we have launched the RNDC Center for Professional Learning.

    The RNDC Center for Professional Learning provides our associates with a structured, multi-faceted training and professional development program that will span their entire career life cycle at RNDC. The learning framework is based on a progressive training track concept anchored to the RNDC Leadership Competency Models. According to Tom Cole, President, RNDC, "We are on a dynamic path of growth and solid positioning as a top distributor in the national market, but we must be ready for the challenges ahead. We must have the right systems in place to train, develop, and maximize the performance of our associates and attract the talent needed for the future. For that reason, it is important that each of us actively demonstrate and perfect the necessary leadership that results in success." As such, our associates will experience a dynamic blended-learning curriculum that supports and drives the RNDC vision of being the national distributor of choice.

    The RNDC learning culture leverages an integrated learning framework that includes the experiences our associates encounter through real on-the job-training; what they learn from others including mentors, supervisors, and peers; and the training and professional development that are already part of our formal talent management processes. "Training and development is already an integral part of the culture at Republic National Distributing Company. It is crucial to our success of fulfilling our vision to be the national distributor of choice for beverage Alcohol producers. By providing the best-in-industry training and professional development, our associates achieve both personal and professional success which makes our vision come to life. As such, we have developed a learning framework that provides a structured and progressive approach to leadership and skill development," stated Lorraine Luke, V.P., Field HR and Training, RNDC. Consequently, the benefit of the RNDC Center for Professional Learning truly highlights our vision to serve the needs of our associates, suppliers, customers, and community.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,000 individuals nationwide.
  • 3/1/2012 - STRENGTHENS MARKET FOCUS
    REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY STRENGTHENS MARKET FOCUS WITH EXPANDED ROLE OF REGION PRESIDENTS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 01, 2012

    Republic National Distributing Company, America’s second largest wine and spirits wholesaler, is pleased to announce several newly created regional positions.

    In May 2011, Tom White was promoted to Region President of RNDC Florida, Maryland and Washington, DC. Due to the success of the markets led by Tom, his region will now include Virginia and South Carolina. Tom began his career in the retail tier. In 1999, Tom was named president of National Distributing Company–Maryland, and in 2004 was appointed president of RNDC–Florida. Tom brings more than 31 years’ experience in the beverage alcohol industry to his new role. He will remain based in Deerfield Beach, FL.

    Similarly, Jay Johnson was appointed Region President of RNDC Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana in May 2011. Due to the positive results of a regionalized focus, Jay’s region will expand to include Colorado and National Distributing Company–New Mexico. Jay has been in the wine and spirits business for more than 22 years and began his career in the supplier tier with E & J Gallo and became part of the RNDC team in 1991. He will remain based in Grand Prairie, TX.

    Commenting on the new positions, Bob Hendrickson, Executive Vice President—Sales & Marketing, said, “RNDC continues to demonstrate its ability to be innovative when it comes to market strategy. Our commitment to build the finest sales and management team in the industry ensures a more effective market focus. As a result, RNDC delivers the highest level of service to our customers and suppliers.”

    These two men bring over half a century of combined experience in the beverage alcohol industry across the retail, wholesale and supplier tiers. They will each report to Bob Hendrickson.

    RNDC has operations in Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,000 individual nationwide.
  • 10/3/2011 - The Keepers of the Quaich
    Press Release - for Immediate Release

    The Keepers of the Quaich, the exclusive Scotch Whisky society with a wide international membership, met on 3rd October 2011 to welcome 43 new members as keepers of the Quaich and 6 Masters of the Quaich.

    The Society was founded to represent the Scotch Whisky industry worldwide, it promotes the goodwill of the industry and honours those who have made a significant contribution to it. Keepers of the Quaich have served the industry well for a minimum of five years and being made a member of the Society is considered a position of great honour. Masters of the Quaich are leading figures in the industry who have been exceptionally supportive in the ten years since being inducted as Keeper and have made a considerable contribution to the Scotch Whisky industry.

    Twice a year the Society meets in the Highlands of Scotland at Blair Castle, the ancient and historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl. Keepers and Masters are inducted at a dignified ceremony by the Grand Master, Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo plc and entertained at a banquet with the finest of Scottish hospitality.

    Amongst the new Keepers on this occasion was Mr. Robert Hendrickson, Executive Vice President, Republic National Distributing Co, 1010 Isuzu Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050, USA. There are now 2071 Keepers of the Quaich and 147 Masters of the Quaich worldwide, members come from 86 countries. On this occasion 16 countries were represented.

    The Society takes its name from the two handled drinking bowl which is described in the ancient Gaelic language of Scotland as a ‘cuach’ or quaich, a vessel long associated with the drinking of Scotch Whisky.

    For further information and photographs please contact

    Julia Thorold
    Telephone +44 (0)1494 670035
  • 1/17/2011 - Senior Management Promotions
    REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY
    ANNOUNCES SENIOR MANAGEMENT PROMOTIONS


    January 17, 2011 – Dallas, Texas


    Bob Hendrickson, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of RNDC-USA, announced two new senior management positions today. Greg Bowdish, formerly Vice President, National Accounts–Retail, will assume an expanded role as Vice President, National Accounts and Marketing. Greg will now lead three sales groups—National Accounts, Retail; National Accounts, On-Premise; and Multicultural Marketing. Commenting on Mr. Bowdish, Bob Hendrickson said: “Greg has over 30 years of industry experience on both the supplier and wholesaler side. His strong business acumen has contributed to his success as a business leader for RNDC-USA, and our suppliers and customers.”

    Joe Gardner has been promoted to the newly created role as Vice President, Fine Wine—RNDC-USA. “Joe will work closely with our wine suppliers and will act as a liaison to continue to grow our important wine business,” said Mr. Hendrickson. Joe has 25 years of industry experience working in several RNDC markets and, most recently, as a wine manager with National Distributing Company of Atlanta, Georgia.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.
  • 12/31/2010 - Acquisition Announcement
    Republic National Distributing Company Acquires Sparrow and Associates
    in Virginia and North Carolina on the Last Day of 2010

    (Dallas, Texas – December 31, 2010)


    Republic National Distributing Company today announced the acquisition of Sparrow and Associates, the leading spirits broker in Virginia and North Carolina. Sparrow will become a division of Republic National’s existing spirit brokerage company.

    Commenting on the new venture, Tom Cole, President of RNDC, said, “This strategic acquisition will create one of the largest brokerage operations in two of America’s most populous states. Sparrow’s joining RNDC will enable us to deliver the highest standards of brand-building for our suppliers, customers and consumers.”

    The Sparrow company dates back to the 1950’s. David Sparrow joined his father’s business in 1973. “We are excited to become part of the growing RNDC family. With our local expertise and RNDC’s best in class practices, this is a true win-win for everyone,” said Sparrow.

    David Sparrow will continue in the new venture as Vice-President of the Sparrow division in North Carolina and Virginia. Avery Sparrow will continue in his present role as State Manager of the Sparrow division in North Carolina.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com.
  • 6/15/2010 - Fosters Signs Long-Term Contract with Republic National Distributing Company
    NAPA, California – Foster’s Wine Estates announced today it has signed a long-term distribution agreement with the Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC).

    Under the agreement, RNDC will retain the exclusive rights to sell Foster’s global portfolio of wines in Colorado over the next five years. Foster’s brands include Beringer, Penfolds, Chateau St. Jean, Lindemans, Meridian, Etude, Stags’ Leap Winery and others.

    The new contract marks the continuation of Foster’s Route-to-Market Initiative launched after the completion of its Global Wine Review last year.

    “RNDC’s Colorado team has distinguished themselves by their performance in this key market since our partnership began with them more than 30 years ago,” said Foster’s Managing Director Stephen Brauer. “We have great confidence that our continued partnership together will deliver great results.”

    “We have a great history and alignment with Foster’s iconic wine brands and look forward to continuing our valued partnership,” said RNDC’s President Tom Cole.

    The new contract will become effective July 1, 2010.

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    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.rndc-usa.com


    Foster’s Wine Estates Americas (FWEA), is the premium wine portfolio owned by Foster’s Americas, a regional division of Foster’s Group of Australia. With a proud history that dates back to the 1800’s and a legacy marked by the highest commitment to making quality wines and producing strong business returns, FWEA produces and markets an international portfolio of award-winning brands from iconic estates like Beringer Vineyards and Chateau St. Jean in California, Penfolds, Rosemount and Wolf Blass in Australia, Castello di Gabbiano in Italy, and Matua Valley in New Zealand. Many of these estates were founded by pioneers in their regions and continue to craft wines at the forefront of quality, innovation and regional expression. More information can be found at www.fosterswineestates.com.
    www.fosterswineestates.com
  • 4/19/2010 - Fund Raising Partnership
    For Immediate Release
    Atlanta, Georgia

    The Atlanta location of NDC and RNDC are pleased to announce a fund raising partnership with Atlanta’s Shepherd Center. The Shepherd Center is private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury or suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. They have also expanded their mission to include pain management. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Patients at Shepherd Center get more than just medical care; they get an experience that brings healing and hope. Shepherd takes a team approach to rehabilitation. They understand patients and families are going through more than just recovery from an injury; they are learning a new a way of life.

    Through charitable giving, our company founders have a long and generous history with Shepherd. In an effort to grow the relationship between our company and Shepherd, a steering committee was formed to lay the foundation and to work closely with Shepherd to develop a strategic plan. The committee members are: Fred Bleiberg, Natalie Byers, Kari Carlos, Richard Davis, Frank Grames, Mitch Kerpoe, Rob Kurz, Neil Merson, Claus Reissig, Chip Stevens, Chase Underwood and Karl Wagner. The group recently toured Shepherd and then met with James Shepherd and other Shepherd leaders to brainstorm next steps. Although volunteer and fund raising opportunities may be available for employees later, the committee’s initial focus was decided to be on charitable giving at the company level. Chaired by Mitch Kerpoe, plans are underway to have the company sponsor an Annual Wine and Food pairing fund raiser on the Shepherd property during 1QTR11.

    Some of you may know about the Shepherd center and its 35 years of work to get the catastrophically injured people back to school, home, work and into normal society as a whole. Their patients have come from 36 states as well as several foreign countries. During a recent tour, the committee met and learned of many stories of hope and return to living life. They learned about work done with our military heroes to assist them in recovery. They learned Shepherd provides 30 days complementary housing on site so family members can be nearby during the critical first month of therapy as well as intensive family and patient education and training..

    Look for more to come about this important pairing of our company and The Shepherd Center and opportunities for us all to participate in such a worthwhile cause.
    www.shepherd.org
  • 3/17/2010 - Republic National Distributing Company Announces Expansion into Hoosier State, Enters into Agreement with National Wine and Spirits
    For Immediate Release

    Dallas, Texas
    March 17, 2010

    Republic National Distributing Company Announces Expansion into Hoosier State Enters into Agreement with National Wine and Spirits

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) and National Wine & Spirits (NWS) today announced an agreement in which RNDC will acquire certain assets of NWS, LLC, Indiana.

    Tom Cole, President of RNDC-USA said, “Today is an exciting day for both Republic National and National Wine & Spirits of Indiana. It marks the culmination of several months of discussions and provides the national, best-in-class support and resources of RNDC combined with the outstanding talent and local market expertise of Indiana’s largest wholesaler.”

    Jim LaCrosse, Owner and Chairman of NWS commented, “After carefully reviewing our options to partner with a national wholesaler, Republic National was the clear choice. RNDC has a reputation for its integrity and its commitment to excellence in sales and customer service. Our combined organizations will ensure our new company will continue to grow.”

    “The new company will be named Republic National Distributing Company of Indiana to reflect the alignment of the shared vision of the partners,” said Cole.

    Cole and LaCrosse announced Greg Mauloff will continue in his current capacity as EVP Sales & Marketing, and John Baker will continue in his current role as Chief Operating Officer of RNDC-Indiana.

    Mr. LaCrosse added, “I want to personally thank all of our customers, suppliers, and associates who have supported and worked hard for National Wine & Spirits through the years. Our association with RNDC will provide stability to the market and ensure continued superior sales and service to the sixth most important adult beverage market in the U.S.”

    Mr. Cole said, “The addition of Indiana to our organization continues to underscore our commitment to build RNDC into the best network of wine and spirits wholesalers in America.”

    Greg Mauloff, EVP Sales & Marketing, added, “We are excited about the opportunities our association with RNDC brings to the new company as we look to continue to grow organically and through acquisitions.”

    John Baker commented that “as soon as the licensing process is completed, we will close the transaction.”

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 7,000 individuals nationwide.
  • 7/4/2009 - Multi-year Distribution Agreements
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2009

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: James P. Soggs, 404-472-2292

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) announced today the signing of multi-year distribution agreements with Constellation Brands, which will result in the exclusive right to sell Constellation’s U.S. portfolio of wines and spirits in eight markets. Specifically, RNDC will have exclusive distribution rights in eight markets, consisting of Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Washington D.C.

    Constellation Brands’ largest operating company, Constellation Wines U.S. (CWUS), recently reorganized into a single sales and marketing structure to align with this new go-to-market strategy. The CWUS portfolio includes iconic leading brands such as Robert Mondavi Winery, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Kim Crawford, Toasted Head, Black Box, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.

    "Given the way our portfolio has grown into a collection of some of the most sought-after brands of premium wines and selected spirits, our recent organizational change was a logical next step. And now, we are changing how we bring this portfolio to market in a more effective and efficient way that will enable us to better establish priorities in the marketplace," said Jose Fernandez, chief executive officer of Constellation Wines North America.

    "The opportunity to be Constellation’s preferred distributor and broker in eight markets consisting of Texas, Colorado, South Carolina, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia represents a major leap forward for us. Building upon an already strong relationship across the U.S., this long-term agreement further aligns our priorities, incentives, and commitment to bringing these dynamic brands to market," said Tom Cole, RNDC president.
  • 11/19/2008 - Customers Online Product Training
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2008

    Republic National Distributing Company
    Offers Customers Online Product Training

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) now has a comprehensive beverage training program available online for its on- and off-premise customers as well as its supplier partners, announced Peter Madden, Corporate Vice President of Wine for RNDC. Called the RNDC Academy, this highly regarded educational program includes both introductory and advanced courses in each of the three categories of wine, spirits and beer.

    According to Madden, the Academy will provide an extremely valuable education in beverages to the employees of RNDC’s on- and off-premise customers. “American consumers want to know more about what they are drinking and are becoming more interested in all categories of alcohol beverages,” says Madden. “We are very pleased to offer this excellent program to our retail, restaurant and supplier partners so that their personnel can broaden their product knowledge and increase service to their customers.”

    Registration for the program is offered on the RNDC website at www.rndc-usa.com. After finishing the coursework, students will take an online exam for each class and will receive an RNDC Academy Certificate of Completion.

    “We believe in supporting our customers with the best possible tools for increasing their sales. This online, educational program will undoubtedly improve the performance of their front-line employees, making them more knowledgeable, professional and effective in dealing with their customers – ultimately increasing sales,” says RNDC President Tom Cole.

    This education program has long been a high priority for RNDC. An internal Beverage Education Board, headed by Madden, annually reviews the curriculum and ensures that the RNDC courses maintain their high quality and remain current.

    Originally developed for RNDC sales professionals, the educational program is a key element of maintaining a sales force with superior product knowledge. All of the company’s sales representatives are required to complete the three introductory courses within 60 days of becoming employed with RNDC. The advanced courses are also required for all managers in the sales division, key account specialists, and fine wine or spirit specialists.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide.
  • 8/4/2008 - Technology Partnership
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2008
    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
    George Gleeson at 1Vine, 415-717-4990, ggleeson@1vine.com, www.1vine.com

    Republic National Distributing Company and 1Vine Marketing
    Create Technology Partnership

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest wholesaler of premium wine and spirits, is teaming up with 1Vine Marketing, Inc. to streamline the distribution of wine-related sales information across the U.S. 1Vine is a marketing web portal for the wine industry.

    “1Vine provides a great tool for disseminating wine marketing material to our sales teams,” says Ken Rosenberg, assistant vice president of wine for RNDC. “Their web portal enables us to share time-sensitive information much faster and more efficiently than traditional methods.”

    According to Rosenberg, the 1Vine service fulfills a major wine industry need to make beverage marketing information readily available to sales personnel, allowing the wineries to concentrate on the production of their products and the distributors to focus on selling those products.

    Previously, wineries’ product information was created in a print format, which was then sent to the wholesale distributor by the winery sales force. Now with the 1Vine web portal, wineries have a single online location to post product information that can be distributed to wholesalers across the country with one mouse click. Similarly, the wholesaler’s sales force can go to one web location to easily access marketing information from many different suppliers.

    “1Vine solves a problem that affects not only RNDC, but also our suppliers and the industry in general,” explains Rosenberg. “They provide a central web location for in depth wine information as well an opportunity to improve the communication of critical marketing information throughout our business and for our key business partners. We believe this service will save our suppliers time and money and improve how the industry communicates as a whole.”

    The 1Vine online resource also assists wine suppliers and distributors in their “green” conservation efforts, since the need to produce paper sales slicks is greatly reduced with sales teams printing only the slicks needed for their accounts.

    RNDC has wholly-owned operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC also has joint- venture operations in Kentucky, Ohio, and Oklahoma. In total, RNDC has more than 6,000 employees nationwide.
  • 6/12/2008 - David Friedland Dies At 75
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2008

    Leading Nebraska Beverage Distributor
    David Friedland Dies At 75

    David Friedland, Chairman of the top beverage alcohol distributor in Nebraska, died on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 after a long illness. He was 75.

    The son of a wine and spirits retailer, Mr. Friedland started to work in the beverage industry in 1955 with Seagram Distillers in New York. A year later he returned to Chicago to work for Brown Vintners, the Seagram Import Company, and later joined the Munson Shaw Company.

    He and his wife, Nancy, met in his hometown of Chicago and were married in 1962. At age 29, Mr. Friedland moved with her to Nebraska to work at United Distillers Products Company, a business that was started by her grandparents in 1893.

    In February of 2008, United Distillers became a part of Republic National Distributing Company, the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States. David Friedland retained his role as chairman and his son, Ted Friedland, retained his role as president of the new organization, called RNDC-Nebraska Eagle Division.

    Mr. Friedland was past president of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. He also was past chairman of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, and a former board member of the Nebraska Humane Society, the Children’s Hospital and the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

    Mr. Friedland is survived by his wife, Nancy, his daughters, Melissa Steiner and Paula Boggust, and his son, Ted, as well as son-in-laws Gary Steiner and Matt Boggust, daughter-in-law Jamie Friedland and eight grandchildren.

    Services will be held on Friday, June 13th at 2:30 P.M. at Temple Israel, 7023 Cass Street, Omaha, Nebraska. Donations may be made in memory of Mr. Friedland to The Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, the Nebraska Humane Society and the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.
  • 5/15/2008 - Top Distributor
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2008

    Target Names Republic National Distributing Company
    As A Top Distributor For 2007


    Target selected Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) as a top distributor for 2007, announced Tim Horton, senior alcohol buyer for Target.

    “RNDC is a great partner who really understands Target, our brand, and our guest,” said Horton. “RNDC is always proactive, running in-stock reports weekly to ‘own’ their performance. RNDC always sets new stores in stock and on time. RNDC is a Regional Category Advisor for the vast majority of our states and stores across the country due in part to their understanding of the business and their understanding of Target’s strategies. We want to thank Republic National Distributing Company very much for their partnership and commitment to Target.”

    RNDC, which is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the nation, works with 444 Target stores in 12 states. RNDC has a national team devoted to Target, as well as dedicated resources focused on maintaining service excellence in each of the chain’s stores.

    “We are proud to work with Target to help them realize the potential of the beverage alcohol business in their stores. It is gratifying to know that our hard work delivers results that meet their high expectations,” said Tom Cole, president of RNDC.

    The Target team at RNDC is lead by Greg Bowdish, corporate vice president of national accounts-retail, and Ingrid Harris, retail national account chain manager. Both work extensively with Target across the United States.

    According to Bowdish, “We appreciate the recognition and will work hard to continue to provide the kind of value that earned us this award. Target is very young in the alcohol beverage category but has a clear vision of where they want to go. It is exciting to be part of that vision so early in their endeavor. As a distributor, it is always rewarding to deal with a positive, forward-thinking buying team that is interested in looking outside the box for innovative ways to grow business.”

    RNDC has operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 people nationwide.
  • 3/17/2008 - Purchases
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2008

    Republic National Distributing Company Purchases
    The N. Goldring Corporation

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has purchased the N. Goldring Corporation in Pensacola, Fla., RNDC President Tom Cole and N. Goldring Corporation Vice President Bill Campion announced today.

    “The acquisition of N. Goldring by RNDC will benefit both the suppliers and customers in the Pensacola area,” said Cole. “I am confident that the combined operations will be able to deliver better, more comprehensive service and also expand our reach in this growing region.”

    The N. Goldring Corporation was founded by Newman Goldring in Pensacola in 1898. The Corporation’s 60 employees will join the RNDC-Pensacola operation. Bill Campion will serve as executive vice president and report to RNDC-Florida President Tom White.

    “The integration of these companies is commensurate with our shared philosophy of creating a performance-oriented distributor that meets the needs of our valued customers and distributor partners,” stated Campion.

    RNDC, which is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States, also has Florida houses in Deerfield Beach, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

    Other RNDC operations are in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide.
  • 3/4/2008 - Rewards
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2008

    Republic National Distributing Company Rodeo
    Rewards Top Forklift Operators and Truck Drivers

    Cowboys are not the only ones competing in rodeos. The warehouse personnel at Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) had their own kind of rodeo on February 9 in Tampa, Fla., without a bucking bronco in sight. Instead of riding horses, contestants drove 18-foot trucks and forklift machines and demonstrated skills just as impressive as any bull-rider.

    This year’s event was almost twice as large as those held in the past 10 years because it was the first combined RNDC/National Distributing Company (NDC) national rodeo. The 23 competing teams, who represented 23 houses from 15 states, qualified for the national event by winning the rodeos held at their local warehouses

    The rodeo teams consisted of a truck driver and a forklift driver from a RNDC or NDC house. Contestants competed in events that tested many of the skills used in their daily jobs, including maneuvering vehicles in very small spaces, and moving large stacks of items without dropping anything. They also had to follow all safety rules during the competition and complete a written test that required extensive knowledge of safety and standard operating procedures.

    “Most people have no idea how difficult it is to use a forklift in a warehouse with narrow aisles and high shelves” says RNDC Corporate Vice President Steve Feldman. “It takes special people who can do this kind of job well. And that goes for our truck drivers, too, who frequently have to go to congested urban environments and see to it that deliveries are made and our customers are well serviced,” he said.

    At a gala banquet that concluded the weekend, trophies and cash awards were presented to the first, second and third place winners in the truck competition as well as the three top winners in the forklift competition. Two winners came from Tampa with the others from San Antonio, Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas, Albuquerque, N.M., and Columbia, S.C. Judges also recognized three other top finishers with Awards of Merit.

    In addition, the outstanding warehouses of the year were recognized at the banquet. The Tampa Warehouse and the Grand Prairie, Texas Warehouse both received the 2008 Warehouse Award of Excellence and a $10,000 prize. An Award for Special Achievement, along with a $5,000 check, also was presented to the warehouse in Albany, Ga.

    “These awards are a great way to honor the people who work behind the scenes and get the job done,” said Feldman.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide.
  • 2/25/2008 - Organizational Announcement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2008

    Republic National Distributing Company Completes Acquisition
    of Republic Beverage Company in Nebraska

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has completed its purchase of Republic Beverage Company (RBC) of Omaha, Neb., RNDC President Tom Cole announced today.

    “We are pleased to be in the RNDC organization and know it will be very beneficial for our supplier partners, our customers and our employees,” said RBC President Ted Friedland. “Joining RNDC is a great next step for our family-owned business.”

    RBC, formerly known as United Distillers Products Company, is now the Eagle Division of RNDC-Nebraska. RBC Chairman David Friedland will serve as chairman of this new division and Ted Friedland will serve as division president. All other members of RBC management as well as their sales team also have joined RNDC.

    In addition, RNDC-Nebraska has created the Falcon Division following its recent purchase of Nebraska Wine & Spirits. Also based in Omaha, this RNDC division is headed by Paul and Gary Epstein whose father, Harold Epstein, was the founder and board chairman of Nebraska Wine & Spirits.

    “With RBC now as an official part of our company, we are the largest distributor of wine and spirits in Nebraska, which will enable us to provide more comprehensive services to our suppliers and customers in the state,” said Tom Cole. “It is especially gratifying to have both the Friedlands and the Epsteins on our team. Their experience and expertise in Nebraska will be an enormous benefit for RNDC.”

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide.

  • 1/21/2008 - Organizational Announcement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2008

    Republic National Distributing Becomes Majority Owner
    Of Nebraska Wine & Spirits

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has become the majority investor of Nebraska Wine & Spirits, announced Tom Cole, president of RNDC and Paul Epstein, president of Nebraska Wine & Sprits.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the nation, with operations in 17 other states as well as the District of Columbia. Nebraska Wine & Spirits, a statewide distributor with 108 employees, will become RNDC-Nebraska.

    “This is a positive development both for RNDC and for Nebraska Wine & Spirits that will benefit our suppliers, our customers and our employees. We are happy to be entering Nebraska and believe there is good opportunity for growth in the market,” stated Tom Cole.

    Paul Epstein will serve as chief executive officer for the new company and Gary Epstein will serve as chief operating officer. Their father, Harold, founded Nebraska Wine & Spirits in 1975 and has served as chairman of the board.

    “We are thrilled to be part of a fabulous, growing organization that has the same passion for our business as the Epstein Family and its employees,” said Paul Epstein.

    RNDC has wholly-owned operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company also participates in joint partnerships in South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, and Oklahoma. RNDC employs more than 6,000 people nationwide.
  • 1/21/2008 - Organizational Announcement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2008

    Republic Beverage Company of Nebraska to Join RNDC Team

    Republic Beverage Company (RBC) will join the ever-growing network of Republic National Distributing Company, announced RNDC President Tom Cole and Ted Friedland, president of RBC-Nebraska.

    According to Cole, a letter of intent has been signed by RNDC to acquire an interest in Republic Beverage Company LLC, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly known as United Distillers Products Company. Completion of the transaction is currently underway.

    “We are pleased to be working with the Friedland family and believe that together we will form a strong, profitable alliance in Nebraska,” said Cole.

    RBC Chairman David Friedland, President Ted Friedland and their entire management and sales team will remain in place with the RNDC organization. Ted Friedland is the fourth generation of his family in the Nebraska business, which traces its roots back to 1893.

    “After considering options for the future of our family-owned business, RNDC was the clear choice to ensure that our employees, customers, and supplier partners would have a bright future,” said Ted Friedland. “It is exciting to know that we will be apart of such a professionally-run, service-oriented organization.”

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 individuals nationwide.
  • 1/3/2008 - Organizational Announcement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2008

    Republic National Distributing and Capital Group of South Carolina
    Combine in Joint Venture

    Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) and The Capital Group of South Carolina are entering into a 50/50 joint venture to create RNDC of South Carolina, announced Tom Cole, president of RNDC and Peter Fawcett, president of The Capital Group. The new company is based in Columbia, S.C.

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the nation, with operations in South Carolina and 16 other states as well as the District of Columbia. The Capital Group, which employs 290 people, has South Carolina subsidiaries in West Columbia, Easley, Myrtle Beach and North Charleston. As of December 10, 2007, The Capital Group and its subsidiaries began doing business under the new company name.

    “We are pleased to be working with the Fawcetts to build a more dynamic business in South Carolina. This joint venture combines our strengths and capabilities and will enable us to better serve our suppliers,” commented Tom Cole.

    Peter Fawcett is chief executive officer for the new company and Charlie Bradford, who has been the RNDC state president in South Carolina, is president. The Capital Group began in 1982 as Capital Wine and Beverage Distributing Company of Columbia. It was founded by Peter Fawcett, his father John Fawcett, Jr., and his brothers John, David and Michael and has remained a family-run business.

    “I am very excited about combining our 25 years of experience in South Carolina with the phenomenal national presence of RNDC and believe it will be a wonderful marriage in a wonderful state,” said Peter Fawcett. “The real winners in this deal are our customers who will benefit from the increased resources and expanded services we now can offer.”

    RNDC participates in other joint partnerships in Kentucky, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The company also has wholly-owned operations in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 6,000 people nationwide.
 
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