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AMERICAN WINE TRAIL } M E I E R ’S W I N E C E L L A R S True Grape-ness Meier’s Wine Cellars has an ability to adapt to industry trends. B Y HEARTLAND: Meier’s wines are loved in the Midwest. K AT E B U R R O W S C Cincinnati-based Meier’s Wine Cellars has made its mark on the winemaking industry throughout its 120 years in business by developing a number of innovations in bottling, production and growing – all while remaining a family run organization. Founder John Michael Meier started the business as a grape juice company before developing key innovations that allowed the company to enter the winemaking arena. According to Vice President of Operations Jack Lucia, it is this ability to change with industry trends that has contributed to the company’s success and longevity. “We’ve always been able to see what’s coming next in order to stay profitable,” he says. “We eventually recognized that it may be C O M PA N Y P R O F I L E more financially beneficial to contract with growers, MEIER’S WINE CELLARS rather than own our own properties.” Of the approximately 150 wineries based in Ohio, HEADQUARTERS: Cincinnati Meier’s has grown to become among the largest, EMPLOYEES: 30 SPECIALTY: Wine possibly due to its agility to adapt to important trends JACK LUCIA, VICE PRESIDENT OF in the industry. “We also found that, in Ohio, there OPER ATIONS: “We’ve always been able to see what’s coming next in order to aren’t enough grapes to support all the varietals that stay profitable.” we sell,” Lucia says. “We were basically forced to look elsewhere.” P R O D U C T P O RT F O L I O Today, sourcing from growers located throughout the Lake Erie region, the company offers a diverse portfolio of more than 45 products such as table wines, dessert wines, vermouth, sparkling wines and non-alcoholic sparkling juices. “We have such a variety that we can offer many options for the customer, from those avoiding alcohol to customers who enjoy the taste of the grape,” Lucia explains. In its Cincinnati headquarters, Meier’s Wine Cellars offers a retail shop for visitors, but most of its products are sold through a network of distributors throughout the Midwest. Although in the past, Meier’s Wine Cellars attempted to develop European- 34 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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