The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) jointly presented the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year award to J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, FL at the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, CO.
The award, now in its eighth year, recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote craft beer. When considering distributors for the Award, the NBWA & BA most heavily measure the following: the distributors overall long term commitment to the Craft beer category, distributor Craft beer portfolio growth trends (particularly within the last 12 months), general brewery & brand portfolio management, creative outside marketing of the Craft beer category at retail, innovation in creating portfolio and brewery awareness using digital resources and interaction with the Craft beer consumers & retailers in their marketplace.
Of the 3,300 beer distributors located in the United States in 2014, only 40 were nominated for the prestigious honor. The Award is known as the foremost industry recognition that a Craft beer distributor can receive. “Beer distributors like J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc… are providing a valuable service by giving craft brewers a presence in the marketplace. These awards recognize the creativity, innovation and specialized services independent beer distributors are providing on behalf of small and independent brewers.” Charlie Papazian, Brewers Association President. J.J. Taylor was previously honored with the 2011 Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award.
Jay Martin, President & General Manager of J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. stated, “We are honored and humbled by this recognition. It is a tribute to our People and Portfolio of brands, both of which are the best in the business. And it’s an exclamation point on our Mission, to be the ‘First Choice in beer distributors for our employees, customers and suppliers.’”
J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. is the second largest volume beer distributor in the State of Florida with sales centers located in Tampa, Ft. Myers, Ft. Pierce and Sebring. It employs 690 Florida residents and will distribute approximately 20 million cases of beer in 2014. Currently J.J. Taylor offers over 850 brands to retailers in their 17 Florida County footprint and is projected to sell over 2.1 million cases of Craft beer in 2014.
J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida is partnered in the distribution & marketing of many of the world’s most notable Craft breweries including: Boston Beer Company, New Belgium Brewing, Cigar City Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Florida Beer Company, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Abita Brewing Company and Harpoon Brewery to name a few. In all, J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. represents 41 American Craft breweries including 8 of the 10 largest production Craft breweries and 14 of the top 25 in the US (only 18 of the top 25 are in the state of FL).
Of the many great Local breweries that reside within Florida, J.J. Taylor proudly represents 15 of Florida’s foremost innovative Craft breweries including: Cigar City Brewing, Florida Beer Company, JDub’s Brewing Company, Orange Blossom Brewing Co., Dunedin Brewery, St. Pete Brewing Company, Two Henry’s Brewing Company, Intuition Ale Works, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company, Concrete Beach Brewery, Brew Bus Brewing, Rock Brothers Brewing, Native Brewing Co., Inlet Brewing Co. and Holy Mackerel Brewing.
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