The company began with the repeal of Prohibition in 1937 as "Bush Distributing Company" under the management of C.C. Bush. In 1950, Joe Adams joined the company. At this time the company had 3 employees. Joe Adams performed multiple tasks from unloading freight to selling and delivering product. In 1973, the name was changed to Adams Beverages, Inc. and the company was incorporated.
In 1972, Joe's son Bill joined the company. In 1973, Bill moved into the sales department as a route salesman and later as a Sales Manager. In 1979, Adams Beverages moved into its new facility at 234 N. Range Street. The Facility featured 3,000 square feet of office space, 5,000 square feet of ambient space, and 7,500 square feet of climate controlled warehouse space. In 1980, Bill Adams was elected President of Adams Beverages and was approved as Equity Agreement Manager by Anheuser-Busch. In 1996, Bill's son Clay joined the company. In 1997, Clay moved into the Sales Department as a route sales representative. In 1998, he became Sales Manager. Clay was approved by Anheuser-Busch as Successor Manager in 1999. Adams Beverages then moved into its new facility at 3116 John D. Odom Road in Dothan, Alabama. This facility features 42,000 square feet of total space with 7,000 square feet of office space, 12,000 square feet of drive-thru for truck loading, 8,000 square feet of ambient area, and 15,000 square feet of climate controlled warehouse space. At this time Adams Beverages employed 33 people and distributed over 1,000,000 cases of Anheuser-Busch product. In April of 2000, Bill's son-in-law Philip Mullin joined Adams Beverages as a delivery representative. As Joe, Bill, and Clay did, Philip worked through the company as a Sales Representative and a Sales Supervisor. In June of 2002, Philip became General Sales Manager of the Dothan Operation.
In June of 2001, Adams Beverages purchased Eagle Budweiser Distributing Company in Opelika, Alabama. Eagle Bud employed 45 people and sold over 1,750,000 cases of Anheuser-Busch product. The acquisition gave Adams Beverages the exclusive right to distribute Anheuser-Busch product in the counties of Barbour, Lee, Macon, Russell, and Tallapoosa counties. With the acquisition, Bill Adams relocated to Opelika to facilitate the acquisition process. In January 2002, Bill Adams promoted Steve Wamick to General Sales Manager of the Opelika operation. Steve had been employed with Eagle Budweiser for over 18 years beginning as a route sales representative. In August 2010, Philip Mullin was approved as Successor Manager of Adams Beverages. At that time, Adams Beverages sold over 3,400,000 cases of Malt Beverages and Non-Alcoholic Brands representing over 20 suppliers. It services 10 counties in Alabama employing over 80 people and operating out of 2 facilities in Dothan and in Opelika.
In November 2012, Adams Beverages acquired the Charlotte, North Carolina market. Clay Adams and his family relocated to Charlotte. Currently, Bill Adams is the Chairman of Adams Beverages, Philip Mullin is the President for Adams Beverages in the Alabama market, and Clay Adams is the President of Adams Beverages in the North Carolina market.
In January 2016, Adams Beverages acquired both the Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Shelby, North Carolina markets.
In March 2019, Adams Beverages acquired 23 counties in Eastern North Carolina. Adams Beverages currently services 20 counties in Alabama and 28 counties in North Carolina
C.C. BUSH DISTRIBUTING
C.C. Bush Distributing which later became Adams Beverages.
BILL ADAMS JOINS FAMILY BUSINESS
Bill Adams, Joe Adams’ son, graduated from The University of Alabama and began working in the family business.
CLAY ADAMS JOINS FAMILY BUSINESS
Clay Adams, Bill Adams’ son, graduated from The University of Alabama and began working in the family business.
ADAMS BEVERAGES ACQUIRES NEW LOCATION
Adams Beverages acquired the Charlotte, North Carolina market, and Clay Adams and his family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.
ADAMS BEVERAGES ACQUIRES NEW LOCATIONs
Adams Beverages acquired Tuscaloosa, AL and Shelby, NC markets in January 2016
ADAMS BEVERAGES ACQUIRES NEW LOCATIONs
Adams Beverages acquired 23 counties in Eastern North Carolina in March 2019
Philip Mullin joins family business
Bill Adams' son-in-law Philip Mullin began working Adams Beverages.
acquisition of the Opelika, AL market
About ADAMS BEVERAGES
Adams Beverages, Inc. is a family owned Anheuser-Busch Wholesaler that has been owned and operated by family members since 1937. We have been providing beer and service for over 75 years. Our passion for beer and our commitment to the highest standards is evident in all that we do. We value our customers and employees, and we treat all of our customers and employees like family.
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