Carter Distribution wins national award for second consecutive year

Authored By Eric Wise

Constellation Brands, a producer of wine, beer and spirits, recently honored Carter Distributing Co. with two awards. 

The company won the Gold Crown, Tier Three Award, taking first place regionally and nationally for the second consecutive year, according to a news release. 

Gold Crown regional award is given to Gold Network partners who achieve the highest attainment of their volume and distribution goals, according to a news release. The national winner is then chosen from the regional winners by Constellation’s sales leadership team for having represented top performance among that elite group.

“This should be a proud moment for all the members of Carter Distributing Company,” Bob Shannon, market development manager for Constellation Brands, said in a prepared statement. “I’d like to congratulate Carter on an excellent 2016, having seen firsthand the attention and focus Carter put toward the high-end, and in particular, the Constellation Brands Beer Division portfolio.”

Additionally, the company won the Gold Standard Award, which is given to Gold Network partners who consistently achieve volume and distribution goals and prove long-term performance, according to a news release.

“Being recognized with these prestigious awards from Constellation Brands is a huge accomplishment for our company, and two years in a row is extremely telling of the hardworking team we have at Carter,” Blair Carter, owner and CEO of Carter Distributing, said in a prepared statement. “I’m honored to keep the great legacy of this third generation family owned business alive in honor of my father.”

In 2016, Carter Distributing grew its overall volume by 26 percent, as well as its off-premise effective distribution by nearly 35 percent, according to the news release. Not only did Carter grow double digits in off-premise effective distribution, but also grew its on-premise simple distribution channel by 36 percent.

“We’ve continued to grow in volume over the past two years-increasing by over 50,000 cases yearly, and we are incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” Bob Monroe, general manager of Carter Distributing, said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate our great relationship with Constellation Brands and we’re excited to keep the momentum going.”

Carter Distributing Company founder Bill Carter started the company in 1959 and it has since grown to over 1,200 retailers in over nine counties.

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