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>d DISTRIBUTORS j.j. taylor distributing co. of minnesota inc. 25 Years of Beer Good employees mean satisfied customers for distributor J.J. Taylor. By Russ Gager company profile J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc. Minnesota HQ: Minneapolis Employees: 226 Specialty: Beer wholesaler and distributor in joint venture to distribute wine and spirits Mike Bamonti, president: “We captained over 85 percent of the cooler resets that were done in the Twin Cities markets.” >> J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota says one of its greatest strengths is the knowledge and expertise of its employees. J .J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc. is just completing its 25th year, which President Mike Bamonti attributes to the efforts of its founder and employees. “It’s good guidance from John Taylor – his leadership and the vision that he set for the company,” Bamonti emphasizes. “Our core value is to be a first-choice distributor for our employees, our retail partners and our suppliers. Our employees are our most important asset, so we listen to and care for our employees. We really value and appreciate each and every individual who works for us.” Bamonti considers those employees the competitive advantage of J.J. Taylor Distributing. “We have the best people in the industry here – they are second to none,” he maintains. “We look to be a trusted beer advisor. Customer service is something that we pride ourselves on. When you look at independent customer satisfaction surveys that we do, we rank higher than any of our other competitors. In 2010, we captained over 85 percent of the cooler resets that were done in the Twin Cities markets.” J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. has software to draw up the configuration of different beer brands in coolers. Because J.J. Taylor does not distribute all the brands of beer in its market, its choice by its customers to do the resets indicates a level of trust that J.J. Taylor will not take advantage of its competitors, who are asked to become involved in the reset by J.J. Taylor and must be notified of it by law. “They’re there to take care of their brands and make sure they’re represented,” Bamonti says of his competitors. “It’s the credibility that our team has in putting our customer first – what’s best for their store and customer. Our people know we’re not self-serving.” Part of that customer growth is coming from J.J. Taylor’s employee training – 75 of its employees in sales and marketing have received two-day training in being Cicerones from Cicerone Certification Program Founder Ray Daniels. This is the equivalent of being a beer sommelier. Crafty Business Formerly East Side Beverage – which was founded in 1933 after the repeal of Prohibition – the company was bought by John Taylor III in April 1985. It was renamed J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc. in 2006. J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. also distributes beer in Florida around Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Fort Myers. “Roughly 80 percent of the beer that is sold in Minnesota is sold in our territory,” Bamonti explains. “Our territory goes about 85 miles to the north of us. We go east to the Wisconsin border; west about another 150 food and drink • spring 2011 •

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Food and Drink - Spring 2011
Tableside Chat
Table of Contents
News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
Three Things

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