Lima's C&G Distributing and Anheuser-Busch Agree to Terms of Sale
Transaction expected to close in near future
(COLUMBUS) – Officials with C&G Distributing Co., Inc. in Lima, Ohio and Anheuser-Busch today announced the two companies have agreed to terms for the wholesale beer distributorship to be sold to the brewer and are expecting to close the transaction in the near future.
The Cecala and Guagenti families have owned and operated C&G for more than 60 years. Since 1967, the family-owned distributor has been selling Anheuser-Busch products throughout a nine county area in west-central Ohio. The current owners have indicated that through multiple generations of hard work and strong management, they have built a customer base that can be confident in the quality of products that they offer and service. It is expected that this committed service will continue onward after the sale of the company.
Kevin Feehan, Anheuser-Busch's Regional Sales Vice President, said the opportunity to purchase a distributorship is something the company examines very carefully and decisions to buy are based on numerous factors, including the existence of a willing seller and the best interest of the retailers and consumers.
"This investment reinforces our commitment to providing local retailers with exemplary service and consumers with a broad portfolio of brands and unique beers to enjoy," said Feehan. "For more than 100 years, Anheuser-Busch has been dedicated to adding value to, and providing competition in, the wholesale tier. We look forward to growing our brands and enhancing competition in this market, which will benefit west-central Ohio retailers and consumers."
For more than 40 years, Anheuser-Busch has operated a brewery in Columbus, which currently produces 18 brands. Since 1994, Anheuser-Busch has operated A-B Sales of Canton, serving more than 1,000 restaurants, bars, convenience and grocery stores throughout Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Wayne and Holmes counties. Between the two facilities, Anheuser-Busch has nearly 800 employees across the state of Ohio.