SOURCE: Miller Brewing Company

August 03, 2005 13:00 ET

Kansas City Distributor Recognized as Top Miller Brewing Company Wholesaler in America

Miller Brewing Company Honors Midwest Distributors for More Than 19 Years of Passion and Performance in the Beer Business

MILWAUKEE, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 3, 2005 -- Miller Brewing Company CEO Norman Adami recently recognized local Kansas City beverage distributor, Midwest Distributors Co., Inc., with three important awards in front of more than 3,000 beer distributors from across the country.

All three awards were presented at the annual Miller Marketing Sales and Distribution Gala Awards Banquet. The High Life Achievement Award is presented every year to the distributor that outperforms in overall Miller sales performance, brand segment sales and display execution for Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft. The Gold Award is given to those distributors who achieve superior execution scores, outperform the national sales average standards and produce double digit growth in Miller's portfolio.

The celebrated Miller President's Award is granted to the distributor that not only contributes to Miller's overall portfolio and sales performance, but focuses on execution of local market growth and the inspiration of others. This recipient is recognized as the top Miller Brewing Company wholesaler of the year.

"It gives me great personal pleasure to present the President's Award to an organization that has demonstrated great personal passion for the business and the Miller portfolio of brands," said Miller CEO Norman Adami when presenting the award to Gary Marvine of Midwest Distributors. "Your team knows what it is like, day in and day out, to face challenges and build upon each and every one and succeed. You inspire everyone to be resolute and be that able challenger for both consumer choice and retailer preference."

Midwest Distributors Co., Inc. began operation in 1986, when Gary and Rita Marvine purchased an existing Miller Brewing Company wholesaler in Kansas City, Kansas. Midwest serves consumers in Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglas and Leavenworth counties with a dedicated team of 55 men and women. It is rare that a distributor would receive all three awards in the same year; and therefore an exceptional accomplishment.

About Miller Brewing Company

Milwaukee-based Miller Brewing Company is the oldest major brewer in America, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2005. Miller is a wholly owned subsidiary of SABMiller plc, one of the world's largest brewers. Miller's principal beer brands are Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft and Miller High Life. The company imports Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Foster's and has craft brews Leinenkugel's and Henry Weinhard's. Its portfolio of brands also includes Milwaukee's Best and Sharp's, a non-alcohol brew. Miller produces Icehouse from the Plank Road Brewery, a small division of Miller; Olde English 800; and Mickey's Malt Liquor. More information about Miller Brewing Company is available at the company's corporate web site, www.MillerBrewing.com.

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