Beverage distributors consolidate companies

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2002 9:00pm
  • Business

Herald staff

Sound Beverage Distributing of Mount Vernon has purchased Clark Distributing Co. of Everett and is moving to consolidate the two companies in Everett under the Sound name.

Sound Beverage owner Ellis Tofte said he was approached by the former Clark owners, the Pitcher family, who wanted to sell out and retire.

"We distribute the same beverage products, so it made sense," he said.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The combined company will distribute Miller Brewing products and Gallo wines to retailers in Snohomish, Skagit, Island and northern King counties from Everett. Sound Beverage’s offices are moving south to the former Clark plant at 2206 36th St. in Everett, and the company has added a couple of employees to handle the additional work.

The company also will maintain a Mount Vernon sales office. The current Sound Beverage warehouse and office is for sale.

Clark Distributing was founded in 1936. Tofte has owned Sound Beverage, which was founded in 1950, since 1978.

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