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The Growth of Great Bay

Great Bay Distributors was founded in 1968 by Claude & Nina Focardi and family. From its humble beginning, operating a tiny warehouse in St. Petersburg and carrying only three brands from a single supplier, Great Bay has grown into one of the largest beer distributors in Tampa Bay. Today, Great Bay distributes 350 beer brands […]

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Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and Gadsden County Men of Action Partnered with Tri-Eagle Sales for the Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Midway, FL (December 2015) — The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and locally owned and operated Tri-Eagle Sales, an Anheuser-Busch distributor, are pleased to announce the collection of 807 toys for the annual Holiday Toy Drive through the Gadsden County Men of Action. Chamber members, employees of Tri-Eagles Sales, other local businesses, and caring members of the community […]

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Three Cheers for Three-Tier and Your Craft Beer Distributor

I’d like to present a handful of scenarios to you: It’s 5:00 P.M. on a Friday (finally), and like many Americans, your work week is ending. You’re ready for two things: the weekend, and some good damn beer – because let’s be honest, the weekend isn’t the weekend without the good damn beer. Lucky you, […]

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Bottoms Up! Study Finds Florida Beer Industry Taps in $14 billion to State Economy

Florida is a thirsty state, and one of its favorite beverages is beer. For the Sunshine State, a fast-growing beer industry has developed into a strong economic engine, one that pumps billions into the state’s economy, with more than 125,000 jobs, says a new report unveiled Tuesday. Brewers, importers, distributors, suppliers and retailers contribute more […]

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At $14 Billion, Beer is Big Business for Florida

Florida loves a cold brew — a lot, according to a new study that says beer pumps $14 billion into the state’s economy every year. The beer industry accounts for more than $5 billion in wages and benefits for more than 125,000 jobs in the state, according to the study commissioned by the Beer Institute […]

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Booming Craft Beer Industry Catches USFSP Attention

Inside 3 Daughters Brewing warehouse near downtown St. Pete workers mix up a batch of one of their popular craft beers. In another room, an intern is examining and testing recipes. Breweries like 3 Daughters need more people doing this. That’s where the University of South Florida St. Petersburg comes in. “There are very few […]

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Florida Governor Signs Bill to Allow 64-Ounce Beer Growlers

TALLAHASSEE – The vexing battle over beer sizes in Florida is finally coming to end. Starting July 1, Florida breweries will finally be able to sell beer in the popular 64-ounce refillable size known as a “growler.” Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed into a law a measure that ends the “growler war” over craft […]

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Florida’s Largest American-Made Rooftop Solar System

Norcross, Georgia – Suniva Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announced that it is powering the largest rooftop solar system in Florida. The energy generated from the array, designed and installed by Tampa-based Solar Energy Management (SEM) with ARCO/Murray Construction Co. as the general contractor, is slated to decrease […]

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