Koerner Distributor Acquires Champaign Distributing Company


Published on September 12 2013 11:42 am
Last Updated on September 12 2013 11:56 am
Written by Greg Sapp

Koerner Distributor Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Koerner announces the acquisition of Orange & Blue Distributing Company, Inc. in Champaign.

Koerner Distributor Inc. purchased Orange & Blue Distributing Company, Inc. (O&B), a primary distributor of MillerCoors, Boston Beer, Heineken, Corona and Diageo products that serves the five counties north of Koerner’s current distribution area.

“Orange & Blue has been an award-winning distributor for many years, and we are excited to acquire this company, as we expand our distribution area to the north,” said Koerner.

The purchase will expand Koerner’s footprint to include 52 of the 102 Illinois counties, while also integrating all O&B associates to their team.

“They have an outstanding group of associates who have performed at very high levels in the beer distributing business,” Koerner said. “This acquisition will combine the core strengths of each of our companies to create a world-class distributing company. And, we will continue the Koerner and O&B tradition of providing superior service to our customers. ”

Orange & Blue President, Allen Everette, also is pleased with the partnership.

“Orange and Blue has always been successful in brand development and customer satisfaction,” said Everette. “We are proud to become a division of Koerner Distributor.  We share a similar vision and commitment to the brands we offer, and believe strongly in excellent customer service and social responsibility,” he added.

Koerner Distributor Inc. has received recognition from local business and community organizations, including being named one of four inaugural recipients of the Eastern Illinois University "Business Ethics and Social Involvement Award" and having received the Greater Effingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s "EXCEL Award" for corporate community involvement.

Since 1982, Koerner Distributor, Inc. has been family-owned and operated, and it has grown to become one of the largest beverage distributors of beer, wine, liquor, and nonalcoholic
beverages in Illinois. Headquartered in Effingham, IL, Koerner Distributor, Inc. has offices located in Carterville, IL, New Baden, IL and now to include Champaign, IL.