Source: Beer Business Daily
July 9, 2018
Skokie Valley Beverage, a wine/spirits/specialty beer house servicing the North/Northwest part of Chicagoland, has announced the decision to “break up and sell its business” to Reyes Beverage Group’s Chicago Beverage Systems and Windy City outfits, as well as the Hand Family’s Lakeshore Beverage. Sale closes on August 1, subject to supplier approval. Skokie distributes Constellation, Pabst/Old Style, NAB, LaCroix (water) and a bevy of craft beer suppliers.
The deal sees Reyes snagging more Constellation, with Chicago Beverage Systems purchasing those rights. Windy City will get Latis Imports and Wild Onion Brewery products. All other rights will be acquired by Lakeshore Beverage (including about 700k cases of fast growing LaCroix). Reyes and Lakeshore are each getting over a million cases.
Skokie does about 2.5 million cases, all in. About 1 million of them are Constellation, and 700k are LaCroix, with the rest split amongst Old Style and other brands.