On December 31, 201, Bernie Little Distributing, LLC sold the distribution rights for all of its brands in north central Florida to Great Bay Distributors, with locations in both Largo and Holiday, and to Tri-Eagle Sales, with locations in both Tallahassee and Ocala.
The following links are being provided for Tri-Eagle Sales and Great Bay Distributors:
- www.trieaglesales.com – Tri Eagle Sales – Now servicing Marion, Dixie, Levy, Sumter and a portion of Putnam and Lake Counties.
- www.greatbaybud.com – Great Bay Distributors, Inc. – Now servicing Citrus county.
To contact Bernie Little Distributing, LLC after January 1, 2013, the following contact information has been provided:
- Bernie Little Distributing, LLC., BLD Logistics, LLC and Beverage Fleet Leasing, LLC
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5279, Ocala, Florida 34478-5279
- Physical Address: 1920 SW 12th Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
- Phone - (352) 401-0993 Ext. 235
- Email - BLL@BernieLittle.com
This transaction does not affect the Bernie Little Distributors operations in Lakeland and Sebring.
By 1995, Bernie Little Distributors was the most highly awarded wholesaler in the entire Anheuser-Busch system.
In 1997, Bernie Jr. sold his interest in Bernie Little Distributors back to his father and used the proceeds to acquire the Anheuser-Busch distribution rights for a 6 county region of north central Florida. A new distribution center was built in Ocala Florida.
Over the next 15 years, the Ocala based Bernie Little Distributing became the fastest growing Anheuser-Busch distributor in the country for 10 of those 15 years and achieved a market share of 70%. The organization accomplished this success by delivering superior service, while providing its customers with the finest malt beverages, wines, spirits and non-alcoholic products in the market.
At the end of 2012, Bernie Little, Jr. chose to sell the business in order to pursue other investment activities. At the time of the sale, the Bernie Little organization was the largest Anheuser-Busch wholesaler in Florida and thus one of the largest in the country.