News and Events

Keep up with the latest happenings at RNDC. Check here for important announcements, exciting activities and press coverage about our constantly growing company.

For RNDC media inquiries, please email media@rndc-usa.com or call 404-205-7361.

December 7, 2017
Republic National Distributing Company and Central Liquor Company Expand Relationship, Announce New Distributorship in Oklahoma

Republic National Distributing Company, LLC (RNDC) and Central Liquor Company today began a new chapter in their existing relationship by announcing an agreement to form a new joint venture distributorship in Oklahoma, effective Oct. 1, 2018. The two companies will join together to distribute wines, spirits and beer as a result of a historic law change in the state of Oklahoma that will shift from a four-tier system to a three-tier system — a move that will expand the new company’s retail customer base by 3,695 accounts.

November 20, 2017
Republic National Distributing Company and Breakthru Beverage Group to Form $12 Billion Company with North American Footprint

Republic National Distributing Company, LLC (“RNDC”), a distributor and broker of premium wine and spirits, and Breakthru Beverage Group, LLC (“BBG”), a distributor and broker of beer, wine and spirits in the U.S. and Canada—both members of the Forbes list of “America’s Largest Private Companies”—today announced the execution of a Letter of Intent to combine their assets and operations.

October 24, 2017
RNDC Launches Program to Provide Disaster Relief Support to Napa and Sonoma Counties

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest wine and spirits distributor, announced today the launch of a sales donation program to provide disaster relief support to Napa and Sonoma counties following the devastating wildfires in Northern California.

The program will benefit the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund and Sonoma County Resilience Fund to provide assistance to the victims of the fires through the sale of Napa and Sonoma County wine brands throughout the month of November. For every case sold, RNDC will donate 50 cents. The funds will assist in charities providing immediate relief and recovery to those affected. Additionally, RNDC also hopes to have a significant positive impact on its suppliers’ business and recovery efforts, with more than 800 Napa and Sonoma County brands in its portfolio.

October 10, 2017
Republic National Distributing Company Achieves Record Support for Annual Relief Fund Campaign

Republic National Distributing Company, the nation’s second largest wine and spirits distributor, announced it has achieved record support for its annual donation campaign benefitting the RNDC Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance to associates who have been impacted by natural disasters.

The 2017 campaign raised a total of $750,000. In true generosity of spirit, more than 1,350 RNDC associates made donations to the fund, where 100 percent of dollars raised go directly to associates in need. Additionally, RNDC Owners have committed to match all donations.

September 18, 2017
Republic National Distributing Company Recognized for Workplace Health Programs by American Heart Association

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, has received Bronze Level recognition from the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index recognition program. The award honors RNDC as having taken significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. This marks the fifth consecutive year that RNDC has been recognized by the American Heart Association for its commitment to implementing quality employee health programs for its associates.

June 30, 2017
Republic National Distributing Company and Freixenet USA Expand Partnership

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, today announced that Freixenet USA is transitioning distribution of its entire wine portfolio to RNDC in the states of Indiana and Kentucky, effective July 1, 2017.

December 20, 2016
Republic National Distributing Company Names Nick Mehall Chief Financial Officer

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, announced today the appointment of Nicholas Mehall as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reporting to Tom Cole, RNDC President and Chief Executive Officer. In his role, he will have the leadership responsibility for the company’s financial planning and reporting, funding, and risk management, among other strategic projects and initiatives supporting the Company’s future growth as a distributor. Mehall will serve as an important executive member of RNDC’s Operating Committee.

October 31, 2016
Indictment of Republic National Distributing Dismissed by Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland today issued an order dismissing, in full, the Indictment naming Republic National Distributing Company and three of its employees that was originally filed on May 24, 2016.

October 10, 2016
Drew Hendricks, MS Named Director of Business Development for RNDC Texas

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, has announced the hiring of Drew Hendricks as Director of Business Development for RNDC Texas. In his role, Hendricks will have responsibility for coordinating and executing RNDC fine wine initiatives. He will report directly to Leon Cikota, Vice President, Fine Wine and On-Premise Sales.

July 18, 2016
Republic National Distributing Company Appoints Darrell Riekena Chief Information Officer

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, announced today the appointment of Darrell Riekena as Chief Information Officer (CIO) reporting to Tom Cole, RNDC President and Chief Executive Officer. In his role, Riekena will have leadership responsibility for the company’s overall technology strategy and all Corporate IT projects and initiatives.

June 30, 2016
RNDC Announces Expanded Role for Region President Jay Johnson

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, is pleased to announce an expanded role for Jay Johnson, Region President of RNDC Texas, Colorado, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Due to his leadership and the overall success of the markets led by Johnson, his region will expand include Kentucky and Indiana, effective July 1.

June 27, 2016
Republic National Distributing Company Wins IABC Gold Quill Award for Redesigned Website

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, announced today that it has been recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) with its distinguished IABC Gold Quill Award for demonstrating excellence in digital communication related to the relaunch of RNDC's corporate website, www.rndc-usa.com.

June 5, 2016
Republic National Distributing Company Names H. Alan Rosenberg, Esq. Vice President, Legal & General Counsel

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, announced today the hiring of H. Alan Rosenberg, Esq. as Vice President, Legal & General Counsel. In his role, Rosenberg will have responsibility for leading, coordinating and executing all RNDC legal matters, initiatives and strategies across all RNDC regions and functions. He will report directly to Tom Cole, RNDC President & Chief Executive Officer.

May 24, 2016
Republic National Distributing Company Responds to Action Taken by U.S. Attorney of Maryland

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, issued the following statement today in response to the action taken by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

May 9, 2016
Republic National Distributing Company Partners with Operation Homefront to Assist Military Families

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, is pleased to announce its partnership with Operation Homefront and $10,000 donation to assist wounded warriors, military, veterans, and their families.

April 19, 2016
WSWA Presents Distinguished Political Award to Republic National Distributing Company

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) presented its 2015 Distinguished Political Award to Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) April 18 at an association board meeting held during the organization’s 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition that runs through April 21 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

February 8, 2016
Pape Swanson Named State Executive Vice President of RNDC Texas

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, is pleased to announce the promotion of Pape Swanson to State Executive Vice President for RNDC Texas effective February 8, 2016. Swanson will have responsibility for the overall development and performance of the RNDC business in the state of Texas.

February 4, 2016
Remy Cointreau USA Announces the Renewal of Exclusive Distribution Relationships

Rémy Cointreau USA announced today that it has renewed its exclusive distribution relationships with Republic National Distributing Company in 21 states, Young’s Market Company in ten states, Breakthru Beverage Group (Charmer Sunbelt Group and Wirtz Beverage Group) in seven states and Southern/Glazer’s Distributors of America in three states. The majority of these decisions represent no change to the company’s current distributor alignment except for three mid-Atlantic markets including Maryland, Washington, D.C. and South Carolina, where Rémy Cointreau USA will move its exclusive distribution to Republic National Distributing. Rémy Cointreau USA will continue its strong relationships with its current distributors in the remaining markets.

January 27, 2016
RNDC Recognized As An American Heart Association Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest wine and spirits wholesale distributor, has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA) for making its associates’ health and well-being a top priority.

January 4, 2016
RNDC Texas Surpasses $1 Billion in Wine Sales in 2015

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest wine and spirits wholesale distributor, is proud to announce that its Texas wine division has surpassed $1 billion in sales in 2015 – a first in company history.

August 17, 2015
Russell Motz Named Vice President Of Rndc Retail National Accounts

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Motz to the role of Vice President, Retail National Accounts effective September 1, 2015. In his role, Motz will have responsibility for the leadership of the Company’s Retail National Account sales team and its strategic business initiatives.

May 4, 2015
Republic National Distributing Company Recognized By Whole Foods Market With 2014 Supplier Award

Republic National Distributing Company has been awarded the "2014 Supplier Award" for "Outstanding Wine and Beer Supplier" by Whole Foods Market at an executive banquet held at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel on Tuesday, April 21. This marks the first time a distributor has been recognized with this honor, which celebrates win-win partnerships.

May 1, 2015
Banfi Vintners And Excelsior Wines Strenghten Ties With Republic National Distributing Company Adding Four New Markets, Plus Five-year Agreement

Banfi Vintners and Excelsior Wines jointly confirm the expansion of their ties with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) with the addition of four new markets. Effective June 1, 2015, RNDC assumes exclusive distribution rights for Banfi Vintners and Excelsior Wines in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. This increases RNDC’s combined representation of the two portfolios to a total of 13 states. Currently RNDC represents the brands in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Indiana, New Mexico, Nebraska and North Dakota. Both companies have signed a five-year exclusive distribution agreement in all markets.

April 6, 2015
Beam Suntory Partners with Republic National Distributing Company in Colorado

Beam Suntory plans to transition distribution of its entire spirits portfolio in the state of Colorado to Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), effective May 1, 2015.

October 22, 2014
Stacy Gabel Named Vice President of Sales for RNDC-Ohio

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, is pleased to announce the promotion of Stacy Gabel to Vice President, Sales for RNDC-Ohio. In her new role, Gabel will accept full leadership responsibility for the RNDC-Ohio business unit upon the retirement of the incumbent RNDC-Ohio President, Ed Nemo.

May 20, 2014
Florida Rep. Jamie Grant Commends Republic National Distributing Company for its $15 Million Contribution to Step Up For Students Scholarship Program

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.

April 23, 2014
Pernod Ricard Usa Appoints Republic National Distributing Company As Its Exclusive Distributor In 8 Markets

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.

April 21, 2014
Republic National Distributing Company Earns Silver In Healthyroads® “fit Company” Employer Wellness Awards

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.

February 21, 2014
Newly-Formed Stoli® Group (USA), LLC Signs New Distribution Agreement with Republic National Distributing Company to Grow Portfolio in U.S.

New York-based Stoli Group (USA), LLC (Stoli) announced a new distribution partnership with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) for representation of the full Stolichnaya brand portfolio, which includes Stolichnaya® Premium and Flavored Vodkas, Stolichnaya® Gold Vodka and elitTM by Stolichnaya® Ultra-Premium Vodka in various states across the country.

January 24, 2014
Republic National Distributing Company And National Wine And Spirits Of Michigan Announce Joint Venture In Michigan

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.

October 31, 2013
Sim Byrd Announces Retirement from RNDC

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) Control States President Sim Byrd today announced his retirement from the Company effective January 1, 2014.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Troy University, Sim began a successful 38-year career in the beverage alcohol industry. While Sim started out as a Sales Representative for a local wholesale beer and wine operation in Montgomery, Ala., he quickly progressed to the roles of Sales Manager, General Manager and, eventually, Chief Operating Officer. Sim later became President of MBC United, a brokerage operation serving nine states.

September 23, 2013
Republic National Distributing Company Announces Two Key Promotions To Support Its Growth In Texas

Republic National Distributing Company USA (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, is pleased to announce two important promotions in its Texas market.

July 15, 2013
Republic National Distributing Company Hires Vice President Of Marketing For Proximo Brands

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, today announced the hiring of Pape Swanson as vice president of marketing at RNDC. In his role, Swanson will have responsibility for the overall strategic development and implementation of the Proximo brand portfolio for RNDC.

May 30, 2013
American Craft Distillers Association Welcomes Republic National Distributing Company As First Distributing Partner And Founding Sponsor

Craft distilling is a powerful new phenomenon that is sweeping the country and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, sees a vibrant future for the entrepreneurs and artisans that are driving it. To help these distillers achieve their goals, RNDC announced its support of the American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) through a commitment as a Founding Sponsor - the first distributer to carry the distinction.

April 10, 2013
Robert Daws Announces His Retirement from NDC New Mexico

After earning his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from North Texas State University, Bob joined the beverage alcohol industry. He has over 35 successful years in the industry, of which 27 have been with NDC and its affiliates. Bob’s professional career progressed from District Manager to Division Manager in North Texas and New Mexico, respectively. Following these important management positions, Bob was promoted to Executive Vice President, Sales in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

January 11, 2013
Republic National Distributing Company Names Matt Freeman Corporate Manager Of Communications

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.

November 2, 2012
Republic National Distributing Company Announces Contribution To The American Red Cross For Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

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.

July 5, 2012
RNDC Donates $15 Million To Fund Scholarships For Florida Children

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.

June 13, 2012
Announcing The RNDC Center For Professional Learning Launch

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.

March 1, 2012
Republic National Distributing Company Strengthens Market Focus With Expanded Role Of Region Presidents

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.

October 3, 2011
Republic National Distributing Company Executive Vice President Bob Hendrickson Inducted As Keeper Of The Quiach

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.

January 17, 2011
Republic National Distributing Company Announces Senior Management Promotions

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.”

RNDC is one of the nation’s leading wholesale beverage alcohol distributors, specializing in wine and spirits. As the preferred partner for alcohol producers who value the three-tier system, RNDC creates branded products and productivity for all parties involved. RNDC serves as a product liaison between suppliers and those who sell alcoholic beverages – defined by its impeccable customer service, unrivaled expertise in beverage education, and a broad product portfolio.
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