GAC Awards: Adam Mitchell, Mitchell Distributing
Mitchell Distributing is, and has always been, about family. It began in the 1940s when brothers Mann and Bilbo Mitchell began distributing Falstaff beers in the areas nearby their hometown of Meridian, Mississippi. In 1953, Mann took the helm at Mitchell Distributing and entered into a longstanding partnership with Anheuser-Busch. Mann’s son, Manny, entered the business full time in 1975 and remains the company’s owner and CEO. In 2006, Manny’s son, Adam, brought the company into its third generation when he, too, joined the company full time. Mitchell Distributing has experienced steady growth through the years. In 2002, the company expanded to Leland, Mississippi, significantly increasing volume and service territory. In 2004, the Leland operation celebrated the opening of a new warehouse facility, which features office spaces, increased warehouse capacity and a 2,500-square-foot conference room.
In 2008, Mitchell Distributing celebrated two significant accomplishments-the opening of a new state-of-the-art 90,000-square-foot warehouse in its home location in Meridian and the acquisition of new warehouses and service territories in Columbus and Tupelo.
In November 2008, Mitchell Distributing grew again to include the Columbus and Tupelo markets, doubling its volume and service territory. Later, in April 2014, the Mitchell family signed an agreement to purchase the A-B distributor in Baltimore, Maryland, which has since been named Chesapeake Beverage. In addition, Mitchell also purchased a stake in FP Winner, a distributor of non-A-B brands including Corona, Pabst, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head and Diageo. Chesapeake Beverage is operated from a single warehouse in Baltimore. This was an exciting move as it more than doubled the size of the company.
In March 2015, Mitchell Distributing purchased the assets of Delta Distributing Company in Greenwood, Mississippi. This was another exciting move for the company as it was a strategic growth opportunity that unites our Mitchell Delta territory with the rest of our Mitchell Distributing territory.
Most recently in October 2016, Mitchell completed the purchase of Rex Distributing, the AnheuserBusch distributor on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rex distributes to the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson, and the cities of Picayune, Poplarville, and Lucedale in Mississippi. In addition to distributing Anheuser-Busch and craft brands, they also carry non-alcoholic products, wine, energy drinks, and water.This was an exciting acquisition for Mitchell Distributing in the state of Mississippi, with a unique economy with casinos and tourism along the beach. This addition brought Mitchell Distributing’s total counties serviced in Mississippi to 37.
Mitchell Distributing now employs over 550 people throughout Mississippi, but despite the expansive growth of the company, many things remain the same. The company remain committed to quality, service and pride in every aspect of our operation. Mitchell believes believe, as they always have, that with the right people in the right places, you can do anything. And above all, they are “beer people.”
They love the beer distribution business, has great relationships and friendships with customers and very much enjoy working with our suppliers.