Arkansas Distributing Company
Arkansas Distributing Company (ADC) has been Crittenden County's locally owned and operated Anheuser-Busch distributor since 1952. Kenny Wheeler and his wife Ceil have been the owners since 1998 when they purchased the company from Richard Upton. In 2006 Kenny and Ceil purchased a second Anheuser-Busch distributorship in Staunton, VA near Kenny's hometown of Charlottesville & since then Kenny & Ceil have continued to grow their operations in Virginia to include distributorships in Charlottesville, Winchester, Blacksburg, Lynchburg, Springfield & Fredericksburg.
Arkansas Distributing's beer marketing territory covers nine counties in Northeast Arkansas including Crittenden, Cross, St. Francis, Poinsett, Mississippi, Jackson, Woodruff, Greene & Sharp counties. Arkansas Distributing sells over 80 brands and over 200 packages including the Budweiser family of beers, Michelob Ultra, Shock Top, Ziegenbock, Busch, Natural, Rolling Rock and a full line of Rita flavors. In addition to these core domestic brands ADC offers a full line of imports including Stella Artois, Bass, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Spaten & St Pauli Girl. Randy Sullivan, ADC’s General Manager commented 'Innovation and variety continue to drive our business.” In February 2018 ADC was proud to begin offering the Yuengling brands to NE Arkansas. Yuengling, not previously available for purchase in the state, expanded into the Arkansas market in 2018 officially making Arkansas only the 21st state to offer their brands to consumers.
Priced just above premium beer pricing, the Yuengling brands appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers, often preferred by both craft beer drinkers as well as mainstream brand loyalists. “The introduction of Yuengling into Arkansas has been a much anticipated and well received expansion that our consumers have said is long overdue. We're very pleased and honored to finally be able to bring these brands to our customers through our local retailers.” Other crafts offered by ADC include Goose Island, Redhook, Omission, Kona, Widmer, Tallgrass, Founders, Ghost River & High Cotton out of Memphis and Lost Forty out of Little Rock.
These crafts, along with our Shock Top wheat beers, Stella Cidre, a very smooth apple cider, and Best Damn Root Beer & Cream Soda, ensure that ADC has something to offer every type of consumer.
“People love the flavors and variety & they just like to mix things up a bit by continuing to try new things in addition to their primary brand of choice.”
Chuck Eaton, Sales Manager for ADC, commented on Yuengling as well… “Everywhere you go it seems like people are talking about it. We expect it to be our strongest new brand introduction in recent history right out of the gate. That's saying a lot when you think about other iconic brands that are not that old like Ultra, Bud Lt Lime & Platinum.” Chuck added that ADC currently offers the two best-selling craft brands in the Memphis & Little Rock regions with Ghost River & Lost Forty. ADC also brought High Cotton on board in 2017, another great Memphis craft beer company. In regards to ADC's commitment to growth outside the beer industry Chuck adds, 'By now I believe most everyone knows that we're not just the local Bud guys.
When it comes to the non-alcoholic side of our business, we've been the Monster guys since 2006. We also sell Calypso & Sparkling Ice. In 2018 we will bring the Teavana teas (from Starbucks) to retail outlets.
Non-alcohol continues to become a bigger player for us. More than 1 out of every 10 cases we sell now is a non-alc.”
With an average employee base of 42 people, most of whom live in Crittenden County, ADC services around 500 retail accounts running ten dedicated delivery routes daily.
With an office staff, sales and delivery team plus day and evening warehouse crews, ADC has many career options for its employees.
“Along with supporting local businesses we have a strong commitment to community involvement”, said Jacque Nance, CFO. Nance added that “ADC is a major sponsor for Esperanza Bonanza and has rendered support to many other local non-profits such as: The Delta Arts Council, ASU Mid-South, WM Chamber Gumbo Fest, The Downs Syndrome Association of Memphis, The American Heart Association, Junior Auxiliary, Crittenden County Leadership, Ducks Unlimited, the Knights of Columbus Oyster Supper and many other worthy local causes.”
“It is the mission of Arkansas Distributing to be the most professional and customer focused company in our industry,” said Sullivan.
“The primary focus of that mission is centered on quality service, an open line of communication between the business and its customers and a dedication to excellence through the education and motivation of each employee of the Arkansas Distributing team.” The company also has committed itself to adhering to a statement of values that Kenny Wheeler believes will strengthen its position in the market place, as well as assure customer satisfaction. Through honesty, enthusiasm, creativity, teamwork, professionalism and integrity, Arkansas Distributing is poised to continue the Anheuser-Busch tradition of excellence and assure its place in the Eastern Arkansas beverage market.
Office Staff (L to R): Phillip Burch (Graphic Artist), Stacie Trevino (HR Mgr), Misty Hardy (Administrative Assistant) & Jacque Nance (CFO)
Warehouse Team: (Back row) Scott Miner, James Smith, Kendall Brawner, Kenny Boone (Front row) Rick Walls, Danny Moore, Richard Stroud