Meridian’s Mitchell Distributing has completed the geographic connection of its Mississippi markets through acquisition of Delta Distributing Co. of Greenwood, giving the Anheuser Busch distributor a presence in 32 counties in the Magnolia State.
The acquisition gains the family-owned beer distributorship Delta’s markets in Yalobusha, Grenada, Montgomery, Carroll and Leflore counties. “It is a strategic growth opportunity that unites their Mitchell Delta territory with the rest of our Mitchell Distributing territory,” the company said in a press statement.
This is the type of strategic growth that our company is looking for,” said Mitchell Distributing President Adam Mitchell, whose family operated the company since Mitchell Distributing’s inception in the early 1940s. Mitchell has operated in the Delta since 2002.
“We are excited to leverage the skills of the personnel that we have in place, as well as add to the talent of our team with the strong personnel at Delta Distributing Company and the Hargrove family,” Adam Mitchell said.
The Hargrove family, the current owners of Delta Distributing, will continue to work with Mitchell Distributing as they undergo this change to ensure a smooth transition. Hank and James Hargrove will stay on full-time with Mitchell Delta Distributing, according to Mitchell Distributing.
The expansion is the second for Mitchell Distributing in the last year. Mitchell expanded to Baltimore earlier in 2014. Before that, the last expansion was in 2008 when Mitchell acquired Cash Distributing in Columbus and Tupelo.
Mitchell Distributing employs over 400 people in two states; more than half are employed in Mississippi.
The company began in the 1940s when brothers Mann and Bilbo Mitchell began distributing Falstaff beers in the areas nearby their hometown of Meridian. 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.
In 2008, Mitchell Distributing opened a 90,000-square-foot warehouse in Meridian and acquired new warehouses and service territories in Columbus and Tupelo. Expansion into Columbus and Tupelo doubled the company’s volume and service territory and made it the second largest wholesaler in the state.
In April of 2014, the Mitchell family acquired the A-B distributor in Baltimore, renaming the distributorship Chesapeake Beverage. In addition, Mitchell also bought a stake in FP Winner, a distributor of non-A-B brands including Corona, Pabst, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head and Diageo for the entire state of Maryland. Chesapeake Beverage operates from a single distribution warehouse in Baltimore.