Firkin Around...Tampa, Florida.
|Trucks in the loading bay|
J. J. Taylor is just such a distributor - - - and they differentiate from the pack with distinction. Fact is, J. J. Taylor was named, "The Best Beer Wholesaler of 2010" according to Impact newsletter, Market Watch. J. J. Taylor was established in 1958 as a single brand supplier, but has evolved into the ninth largest beer wholesaler in the country. Operations are in Minnesota and Florida with headquarters located in Jupiter, FL.
|Some of the vast stock on hand|
The Boulder Beer Co., Boston Beer Co., Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co. and Bell's Brewing Co. are just few names in their specialty beer arsenal. In addition to beer and ale, a line of "ready-to-drink" items such as Mike's Hard Lemonade and others, are also available.
Taken from their website, the company has a straightforward mission statement that clearly defines their goals for success:
J. J. Taylor Companies’ mission is to be the "FIRST CHOICE" in beer distributors as measured by it's employees, customers, and suppliers: Take care of your people, Take care of your customers, Be aggressive in the marketplace, Do not get greedy.One can glean from this statement that they are not just in this business for their own endeavor and gain, but that they also take responsibility to partner with their direct customers and suppliers. At the same time, J. J. Taylor ensures that those they employ, along with the ultimate consumers of their products, remain satisfied.
Wow, that's a lot of beer!
|A whole lotta' Heineken, right there.|
|Joe Burns with Sam & Sam & Sam...|
Largest Distribution Operations Under One Roof
|Manuel and Joe|
During my tour I was introduced to Jay Martin, Vice President of Operations. He was enthusiastic about all brands, but particularly exuberant about how the craft beer movement has helped to add more SKU's to their ever increasing portfolio of beer.
Proving their commitment to efficient beer distribution in the state of Florida, we can quickly sum up J. J. Taylor by the numbers:
- Largest single distribution center under one continuous roof
- Largest refrigerated keg cooler on the east coast of the US
- 900 - 1000 SKU's (Stock Keeping Unit) and growing every year
- Enough product supply on hand for a 15 day delivery inventory
- Picking and packaging (VERTIQUE™) line can be operated by as few as 7 to 8 employees
- Up to 16 trucks at one time, can be loaded in an environmentally controlled indoor setting
- 130 daily truck routes, covering 17 South Florida counties
- Two satellite distribution facilities located in Fort Myers and Fort Pierce
350,000 square feet - reduced carbon footprint
|It's easy being green|
Now that you know...
So, the next time you take a trip to the fridge to crack open a cold one, you may want to take a moment to thank all of those great beer folks that helped make it happen.
|Beer, beer, and more beer|
J. J. Taylor Distributors
5102 South 16th Street
Tampa, FL 34201