Biz Buzz


BUZZ FROM CORPORATE

→ Dayton and the University of Dayton Arena has been awarded the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments “First Four” through 2026. UD Arena has kicked off the NCAA Men’s Tournament since 2001 and has hosted more tournament games (125) than any other facility. Heidelberg has been a corporate partner of the First Four since 2013 and Chief of Staff, Kathryn Oakes and General Marketing Manager, Laura Elking both serve on the First Four Local Organizing Committee.

→ Ennoble Beverages, a producer of ready-to-drink Flavored Malt Beverage (FMB) Cocktails, announced significant expansion over the past six months, entering ten new states and signing 36 new distributors including Heidelberg Distributing in the Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Ohio Valley, Toledo and Youngstown markets. It is also available in Ashtabula, Stark and Tuscarus counties in the Cleveland market and statewide in Kentucky! Ennoble’s innovative lineup of adult beverages, includes: Tipsy Tomato Bloody Mary, TGI Fridays Long Island Iced Teas and Moscow Mule, and Frank’s RedHot Bloody Mary.

→ Vail Miller Jr. was featured in a Dayton Business Journal story regarding diversity and inclusion at Heidelberg in the October 15, 2020 edition of the paper. The story was part of a series on “Diversity in Business” in the Miami Valley.


BUZZ FROM KENTUCKY

→ Kentucky had their kickoff meeting for Old 502 Winery at the Louisville City FC Stadium on October 9. The meeting was outdoors and Team Kentucky “masked up” and followed proper safety protocol. Old 502 is Kentucky’s 2nd best-selling local winery and we are determined to make them #1! The jumbotron you see in the pictures is the largest in Kentucky, two feet wider than the big screen at Churchill Downs!

TEAM KENTUCKY POSES OUTSIDE LYNN FAMILY STADIUM HOME OF THE LOUISVILLE CITY FC PRIOR TO THEIR KICKOFF MEETING WITH OLD 502 WINERY ON OCTOBER 9. 

THE LOUISVILLE CITY FC HARD AT WORK ON THE PITCH IN FRONT OF KENTUCKY’S LARGEST JUMBOTRON SCREEN, WHILE TEAM KENTUCKY WAS MEETING IN THE STADIUM WITH OLD 502 WINERY.

→ Heidelberg will begin statewide distribution of Owensboro’s Green River Distilling Co. on November 1. Also making its statewide debut that day is Yellow Banks Bourbon. The Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which uses Owensboro’s original name, is a collaboration between the distillery and the Kentucky Corn Growers Association. Green River uses 800,000 bushels of Kentucky corn in its whiskey every year.


BUZZ FROM CINCINNATI

→ Customer Development Manager – Beer, Steve Eha, has something in common with some of the greatest Cincinnati Reds players to ever play the game. His likeness hangs on a banner outside Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds. Steve was selected as a “Frontline All-Star.” The program is a partnership between Tri Health and the Reds and includes 20 banners outside featuring the photo of an employee who serves as a representative of all the “heroes” from that line of service, which include: health care, public safety, grocery, restaurants, food manufacturing, energy, waste management & recycling, postal services, transportation, military, critical manufacturing, education and information technology.

CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER STEVE EHA’S FRONTLINE ALL-STAR
BANNER AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK. HE IS ONE OF 20 ALL-STARS
RECOGNIZED BY TRI-HEALTH AND THE CINCINNATI REDS!

CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER STEVE EHA POSES UNDER
HIS FRONTLINE ALL-STAR BANNER AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK.


BUZZ FROM COLUMBUS

WESLEY MARKWARD
BEER MERCHANDISER
→ Wesley Markward is a new merchandiser for beer department! He attended college at the University of Northwestern Ohio where he was a part of the golf team while earning a BA in Marketing. During his time in college, Wesley worked at a local drive thru / convenience store. After college, he began working at an electrical supply company in Lima, Ohio called All-Phase Electric Supply where he worked as an Inside Sales Representative. After moving to Columbus, Wesley knew he wanted to work in the beverage industry due to his experience working in college. Wesley is very excited to be working here and looks forward to his future with Heidelberg.

 


JESS WEST
WINE MERCHANDISER
Jess West has joined team Columbus as new merchandiser for the wine department. She is an Army combat veteran and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. Jess moved to Columbus in 2013 and graduated with a master’s degree in social work in 2017. Her three favorite things are Cleveland Browns Sundays, Shiner Cheer, and her dogs, Marcella & Max. Jess is really thankful to be a part of the Heidelberg team and looks forward to meeting everyone!

   

→ On Wednesday, October 7, Field Sales On Premise Manager Justin Wise hosted an Opus One wine dinner at Hen Quarter Dublin. He zoomed in Opus One national sales rep Gina Voci while he supported on site. It was a great event!

OPUS ONE NATIONAL SALES REP GINA VOCI TALKS TO THE CROWD
VIA ZOOM DURING THE OPUS ONE WINE DINNER.

TWO OF THE BOTTLES THAT WERE SAMPLED AT THE OPUS ONE WINE DINNER
HELD AT HEN QUARTER DUBLIN, HOSTED BY FIELD SALES ON-PREMISE
MANAGER JUSTIN WISE.

→ Due to the restraints of Covid, Columbus relied on the technology of Karma to assist Delicato, one of our suppliers, in the marketplace. The sales team did outstanding work in submitting display photos, cold box execution & distribution to the HDC & Delicato teams on survey day on October 7 via karma. Business goes on!

IF YOU CAN’T SURVEY IN PERSON, USE TECHNOLOGY. COLUMBUS SENT IN SURVEY RESULTS VIA KARMA TO DELICATO OF DISPLAYS AND COLD BOX EXECUTION.


BUZZ FROM CLEVELAND

Ron Utterback General Sales Manager Cleveland/Akron/Canton and 28 others from around the U.S. were able to join Celebrity Chef Richard Blais for an evening of great wine and burgers during the “Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Burgers with Blais,” virtual cook-along event. For the 30th anniversary of the contest, Sutter Home shipped all participants a “Build a Burger Kit” that included a cutting board, apron, BBQ utensils and all of the ingredients for the winning burger recipe. Ron and the other participants signed into a Zoom room and followed along with Chef Blais to prepare and cook the burger. Heidelberg Cleveland finished the BBB 2020 program at +14% for the timeframe of this program ending up as one of the Top 40 performers in the country.

GSM RON UTTERBACK READY TO TAKE PART IN THE SUTTER HOME
BUILD A BETTER BURGER VIRTUAL COOK-ALONG WITH CHEF RICHARD BLAIS.

 

FORMER TOP CHEF ALL-STAR WINNER CHEF RICHARD BLAIS LED 29
PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING CLEVELAND GSM RON UTTERBACK IN A
VIRTUAL COOK-ALONG

 

THE FINISHED PRODUCT! CLEVELAND GSM RON UTTERBACK’S BURGER.
LOOKS PRETTY TASTY, CHEF! NICE JOB!


BUZZ FROM LORAIN

→ Lorain was treated to a delicious grilled lunch on Wednesday, October 7. Our resident day warehouse Associate Justin Karl – AKA Chef! gave us mouth-watering marinated fillet and shrimp kabobs and homemade mac-n-cheese. Others including warehouse supervisor Glenn Bayless contributed to the feast. Justin has been to Las Vegas and competed in grilling contests. Team Lorain is thankful to be working for a manager and company who lets Associates share their talents and life passions with each other! They definitely enjoyed their celebration! They like their food in Lorain, in fact they had so much left over they enjoyed it for lunch again on the next day!

WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE JUSTIN KARL TENDING TO HIS
MARINATED FILET AND SHRIMP KABOBS. 

MARINATED FILET KABOBS GRILLING UP TO THE PERFECT TEMPERATURE.

GETTING READY FOR THE FEAST. IT’S THE CALM BEFORE THE GRILLING
STORM WITH ALL THAT FOOD JUST WAITING FOR THE GRILLS TO HEAT UP! 

WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR GLENN BAYLESS HARD AT WORK GRILLING
CHEESE BURGERS AND SHRIMP FOR A FANTASTIC LUNCH FOR TEAM LORAIN!

→ Thursday Oct 15 was “Dawg Day.” Browns apparel was encouraged. Lorain celebrated Browns vs Steelers week with dawgs….HOTDOGS! Team Lorain was treated to a hotdog luncheon from a local eatery called Hotdog Heaven. They recently had a fire and are operating out of a food truck at the moment. Vice President & General Manager Kevin Knight and all of the Lorain market feels very strongly about supporting local businesses. The joke during the lunch was Steeler fans had to eat last, but they got the last laugh with a 38-7 win over Cleveland.

RECEPTIONIST SHEILA IWANEK, WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR GLENN BAYLESS, ADMIN ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE LIZ SMITH AND DRIVER CHECK-IN KYLE KING CELEBRATE “DAWG DAY” DURING CLEVELAND BROWNS VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS WEEK.

BEN COLBY, DAY WAREHOUSE, NICHOL WEST, GRAPHIC DESIGNER
LION’S EDGE AND LOGAN CONNEY DAY WAREHOUSE ENJOY “DAWG DAY”
CATERED BY LOCAL EATERY HOT DOG HEAVEN!

GREG AND SUE THE OWNERS OF GRAFTON CREWS THRU HAVE A GREAT
DISPLAY FEATURING APOTHIC WINES. LORAIN SALES REP COURTNEY RICE
HANDLES THE ACCOUNT AND IS HAPPY TO KEEP IN FILLED IN FOR THEM! 

→ Congratulations to Paul Kanz who recently stepped down as manager of Lorain’s southern team. He is still going to work for Lorain in a sales support capacity. He did a great job keeping our southern team informed and included even though they are not close by.

PAUL KANZ GETS THE HAND WAVE SALUTE FROM HIS “FORMER” TEAM,
AS HE DEPARTS AS MANAGER OF LORAIN’S SOUTHERN TEAM. PAUL IS
NOT REALLY LEAVING AS HE WILL ROLL INTO A SALES SUPPORT CAPACITY.


BUZZ FROM DAYTON

→ Employee Spotlights for October were 1-year Associate Tom Shawcross, Sales Pro Beer; 6-year Sales Pro, Danny Stone and 14-year Associate John Kapnas, Driver.

 

 


BUZZ FROM OHIO VALLEY

OV held a wine dinner at Ivory House in Cincinnati on September 28. It was hosted by Scott Johnson of Tuck Beckstoffer Estates in collaboration with OV Fine Wine Consultant, Rachel Grossman. Ivory House is a new Independent account that opened in June 2020 and has seen great support from the community. This was their first Wine Dinner that they have hosted since opening.

SIX DELICIOUS COURSES AND SIX OUTSTANDING WINES. THE MENU FROM
THE TUCK BECKSTOFFER ESTATES WINE DINNER AT IVORY HOUSE IN CINCINNATI
AND A BOTTLE OF MOCKINGBIRD CABERNET TO GET THE EVENING UNDERWAY. 

SCOTT JOHNSON FROM TUCK BECKSTOFFER ESTATES ADDRESSES
THE PATRONS AND TALKS WINE AT THE IVORY HOUSE IN CINCINNATI.

→ Congratulations to Brandon Izor, OV’s new night shift manager. After working as a driver for the past seven years, he is starting a new chapter with the company. Best of luck Brandon!


BUZZ FROM TOLEDO

→ Toledo launched driver iPads on October 5. Thanks to the IT Department for all of their assistance!

BERMAN WINE SALES PRO RYAN SMITH OUT IN THE FIELD; MASKED UP
AND SELLING MEOMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON.


BUZZ FROM WINE TRENDS

→ In October Wine Trends launched a new winery called Cepa 21 from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain.

→ Also, in October Wine Trends held two very successful trade tastings in Cleveland that followed Covid19 safe protocols. The tastings were by appointment and customers had a chance to discover new brands such as Au Bon Climat and Cliff Lede as well as luxury wines from around the world. Wine Trends will be holding similar events in other markets in the coming weeks.