Massachusetts Beverage Business



J. POLEP DISTRIBUTION SERVICES, a fifth generation distribution company, has a new alcohol beverage distribution division. Based in Chicopee, the company now carries a variety of prepared cocktails and gelatin shots as well as wines from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, and Italy, with plans for beer and a premium vodka brand in the works. Joining their existing staff is a dedicated team of alcohol industry experts that includes James W. Fiore as the Director of Alcoholic Beverages, Mark Platt as the General Manager and Sarah Varney as the Sales Supervisor. Fiore has over 3O years in the industry and is the developer of the One Stop Liquor and Convenience Store concept. Mark Platt was previously a brand manager for United Liquors and the Massachusetts State manager for Banfi Vintners. Sarah Varney is a wine expert who joins from Ruby Wines where she amassed a wealth of knowledge by traveling to wineries around the world. She is also a sales representative for J. Polep's existing product line. The company plans to branch out to include restaurants as well as package and convenience stores. For more information call 8OO.447.6537.

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