Honolulu (July 19 2022) – Beverage Marketing & More along with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) hosted the launch of Gran Coramino Tequila and a Taste of Luxury at Bar 35 in Chinatown. The event featured tequila and whiskey from the Proximo Portfolio which is distributed by RNDC. Attendees sipped cocktails and snacked on a sushi bar while sampling the Luxury marks of the portfolio including the featured spirit of the night, Grand Coramino. The evening concluded with luxury cigars provided by Brix & Stones/ Cigar Bar Hawaii.
Gran Coramino tequila, is a new cristalino reposado tequila by comedian. actor, and producer Kevin Hart and Juan Domingo Beckmann, the 11th generation tequila maker and CEO of Becle S.A.B., the maker of Jose Cuervo. As part of the ethos of the product and in continuation of both founders’ missions to give back to their communities, every purchase of Gran Coramino will donate $1 per bottle to two non-profit organizations which help provide critical financial resources and learning opportunities to diverse-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs of color, from under-represented groups in the US and Mexico. These organizations are:
Odom Corporation’s acquisition of A-B Sales of Hawaii will expand services to existing supplier partners while growing the brands currently distributed by A-B Sales of Hawaii. According to Odom Corporation’s COO Adam Hilpert, “The Odom Corporation is excited to expand our beer presence in Hawaii. The acquisition of A-B Sales of Hawaii allows Odom the ability to quickly scale our alcohol distribution coverage in this market and our existing supplier partners will see a substantial increase in the available universe of accounts through this expanded coverage. We believe that local independent ownership is an important part of building community engagement and that by providing great customer service and outstanding brand support, there are tremendous opportunities for us to expand the beer business in Hawaii.”
The plan is to assume the existing structure of A-B Sales of Hawaii, Hilpert explained, “The talented individuals of A-B Sales of Hawaii will make a great addition to Odom’s team. We also believe that the [A-B Sales of Hawaii] personnel have a strong understanding of the market and the conviction to be the best. Odom will provide the resources necessary to continue the growth and development of this business. People make the difference! Odom’s current beer team will be integrated into the new A-B Sales of Hawaii acquisition with their focus remaining on brand building, customer development, and supplier relations.”
From a facilities perspective, John Ioane, Executive Vice President of Odom Corporation who is helming the transition explained, “We are looking to house 100% of our beer operations in the Halawa facility. The Odom operations team is working on those plans now. The actual project will start post acquisition. The addition of Vailima, now versus later, is a one off exception based on retailer distribution.” “We will be evaluating the need for additional resources over the coming months, and we will make the appropriate investments as we build out Odom’s Hawaii beer capabilities,” Hilpert added.
About Odom Corporation
The Odom Corporation is family-owned, second and third generation beverage and beer distributor with deep roots in the islands, a strong local management team and a willingness to invest in the future of Hawaii and its workforce. With supplier and customer relationships spanning 80+ years, they bring extensive knowledge of the unique Hawaiian market and its customers and a proven track record of success in the distribution of craft beer and major beverage brands, including Coca-Cola.
To learn more about Odom Corporation, visit odomcorp.com
“We realized yesterday that we are in the unique position to be able to help our community in this way; we are able to both make Old Pali Road whiskey AND produce hand sanitizer that meets WHO standards so that we can help our greater ‘ohana through this unprecedented situation,” KO‘OLAU DISTILLERY CEO Eric Dill said.
Dill anticipates providing a product as early as March 25, 2020. Kōkua Sun Care has also stepped up to assist with the initiative by donating empty bottles for some of the sanitizer.
“We are proud to see our local businesses stepping up to protect the community. Adding the production of hand sanitizer to KO'OLAU's operations is the right thing to do,” said Lieutenant Governor Josh Green.
KO‘OLAU DISTILLERY is based in Kailua, Hawaii where they produce a Old Pali Road, a high-quality whiskey that has been rated one of the 15 best craft whiskeys under $60 in America.
To contact Koolau Distillery directly, go to: https://www.koolaudistillery.com/ or call (808) 261-0685.