News Stories and Press Releases
TRAIL BLAZERS, PAUL G. ALLEN FAMILY FOUNDATION AND MAKE IT BETTER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PHILIPPINES| 11/20/2013
Check Presentation Friday to Include a Donation from Columbia Distributing
Earlier this month, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, displacing more than 600,000 people and affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. In an effort to support those experiencing hardship, the Portland Trail Blazers have teamed up with local non-profits and corporate partners to raise funds for the relief efforts in the South Pacific.
The make it better Foundation will donate its portion of funds raised from the 5050 Rip City Raffle during Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. The Trail Blazers will match the amount donated by the make it better Foundation with a donation of their own.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will match the sum donation of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks, who held a collection during last Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The team will present a check to the American Red Cross during the first timeout in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game. The check will include donations from the make it better Foundation, Portland Trail Blazers and Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, as well as donations from team partners Moda Health, adidas and Columbia Distributing.
Tickets for the 5050 Rip City Raffle, in partnership with The Safeway Foundation, can be purchased at kiosks located inside the Moda Center at Entry A7 on the 100 level or Entry C31 on the 300 level. Additionally, volunteers from AC Portland and the American Red Cross will be on-foot with raffle tickets throughout the arena. Tickets can be purchased from the time doors open until the 6:00 mark of the third quarter.
Those unable to attend the game can make donations through the American Red Cross website, www.redcross.org.
Portland vs. Chicago game
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
6 p.m. through the 6:00 mark of the third quarter
One N. Center Court
Portland, OR 97227
HOPWORKS URBAN BREWERY EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH COLUMBIA DISTRIBUTING| 11/06/2013
Portland, OR – Hopworks Urban Brewery and Columbia Distributing expanded their relationship today by adding a majority of Washington markets to their distribution footprint. Hopworks and Columbia first joined forces in Oregon on July 1, 2012.
“We love what Columbia has done to promote and grow our organic beer distribution in Oregon,” said Christian Ettinger, Hopworks brewmaster and owner. “The next logical step was to align our distribution in most of Washington with Columbia to improve the quality and efficiency of the process. Their ability to ship daily and store cold means that our Washington customers get the best beer experience possible.”
“Columbia is very excited to expand the strong relationship and incredible success our team has built with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Oregon. We are so delighted by the opportunity to now sell, distribute and build these world-class brands in our Washington markets,” stated Chris Steffanci, Columbia Distributing President-Washington State.
The Washington market was previously served by Click Distributing since June 2010 and Stein Distributing continues to sell Hopworks organic beer in the SW Washington region.
About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery offers an assortment of award-winning, world-class beer made from organic malts and hops sourced largely in the Northwest. The company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 11,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Hopworks incorporates a range of sustainable practices in its operation and makes every effort to protect “our” future with a thoughtful alternative. For more information, please visit Hopworks online at www.HopworksBeer.com or follow on Twitter @HopworksBeer.
About Columbia Distributing
Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s largest beverage wholesalers. Our success is based on the fact that we never lose sight of delivering what are really important—quality products, timely service, and a genuine concern for our customers’ needs. Columbia Distributing has over 2,600 employees and operates out of nine primary distribution facilities throughout Oregon and Washington. For more information, please visit Columbia Distributing online at www.coldist.com.
COLUMBIA DISTRIBUTING RECEIVES "DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR" HONOR| 10/27/2011
Columbia Distributing is proud to announce that it has received the 2011 Beverage Distributor of the Year award by Beverage Executive magazine.
View the full article: http://www.beverageexec.com/articles/full/14833/having-the-beer-gene
COLUMBIA DISTRIBUTING EMPLOYEES DONATE OVER 2000 BOOKS TO BRIDGE MEADOWS| 10/27/2011
A generous donation of over 2000 books was delivered on October 25th to local non-profit Bridge Meadows’ library by employees of Columbia Distributing. Columbia held a “Fill the Shelves” book drive at branch locations in both Oregon and Washington throughout the month of August asking employees to donate new or gently used books. The large donation will help Bridge Meadows, an inter-generational community for adoptive families located in North Portland; serve the families and senior residents of the community.
The donation was well received by Bridge Meadows Executive Director Derenda Schubert, “The Bridge Meadows community is so very grateful for the incredible donation of books by the employees of Columbia Distributing. The library is a special place for children, parents and elders to gather and learn, and the books from the Columbia Distributing team will be a wonderful addition contributing to a love of reading!”
Columbia Distributing is a corporate sponsor of Bridge Meadows and has worked with the organization since 2008 to help partially fund the building of one of the units located within the community. Bridge Meadows placed its first family in the community this past May and already houses six of the nine family homes.
About Bridge Meadows: Bridge Meadows (www.bridgemeadows.org) is an intergenerational, affordable housing community located in North Portland whose mission is to develop and sustain intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of foster children that promote permanency, community and caring relationships, while offering safety and meaningful purpose in the daily lives of older adults.
YOUNG’S MARKET COMPANY PURCHASES COLUMBIA DISTRIBUTING’S INTEREST IN YOUNG’S-COLUMBIA COMPANIES IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON| 4/15/2011(Portland, OR)
Young’s Market Company and Columbia Distributing jointly announced today that Young’s Market purchased Columbia’s 50% interest in Young’s-Columbia of Oregon, LLC and Young’s-Columbia of Washington, LLC, effective April 18, 2011. The Young’s-Columbia entities are the largest distributors of wine in Washington and Oregon, with annual sales in excess of $500 Million. The parties have agreed to continue their highly successful shared services business arrangement in Oregon and Washington pursuant to which Columbia Distributing will continue to strategically partner with the Young’s Columbia entities to maximize operational synergies.
In announcing the purchase, Christopher Underwood, the CEO of Young’s Market Company said: “This acquisition is a further demonstration of Young’s absolute and unqualified commitment to the beverage alcohol distribution business in the Western United States. Columbia Distributing has been a loyal and supportive partner and they will continue in that role as the services provider for the Young’s-Columbia companies. Neither our customers nor our suppliers will experience any operational changes as a result of this transaction. We are very excited about the future of our business in the Pacific Northwest”, Mr. Underwood concluded.
Gregg Christiansen, the CEO of Columbia Distributing said: “Our company has worked closely with our partners at Young’s-Columbia since 2003 to implement the most innovative and efficient shared service agreement in our industry. This has enabled both companies to provide optimum service standards to our retail and supplier partners. Columbia Distributing looks forward to continuing this successful relationship with Young’s-Columbia”.
About Young’s Market Company: Young’s Market Company is one of the nation’s largest distributors of fine wines and spirits with operations in California, Hawaii, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming.
About Columbia Distributing: Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s largest beverage wholesalers, with annual sales of more than 33 million cases of beer and 11 million cases of non-alcoholic beverages. The Company has over 2,500 employees and operates out of nine primary distribution facilities throughout Oregon and Washington.