Columbia Distributing Announces Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative

A message from Chief Operating Officer Dave Stander

Columbia Teammates,

We have the privilege of working and living in one of the best corners of the country. We take great pride in living and working here, and with that pride comes the responsibility of keeping ourselves and our communities safe. Today we’re announcing plans to increase our awareness of a major threat to our safety, often hiding in plain sight. 

Columbia Distributing is committing to help fight human trafficking through the National Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) Distributors Against Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative

Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining or maintaining of a person by means of force, fraud or coercion for purposes of servitude, debt bondage, slavery, organ sales or participation in sex trade. It is a form of modern-day slavery, and it impacts every community in America. To learn more about trafficking in Oregon and Washington, click here.

Distributor employees are in a unique position to spot human trafficking activity because we have access to non-public areas of venues, bars, hotels, convenience stores, event arenas and more where this activity is more likely to occur. The NBWA recognizes this and has worked with anti-trafficking organizations to create a set of educational tools and training materials.

In the coming weeks we will release these materials to all of you. You will see general education and awareness information and an online training video, mandatory for those of us on the front lines. We will also make our communities awareness of our commitment through public promotion and signage on our fleet.

As a fellow Columbia team member, a Washington resident and a father of two, I am very proud of this initiative and Columbia’s desire to participate. I hope you are as well and I look forward to sharing more with you soon. 

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Columbia Distributing Employees Give Back to the Community with Their Time

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What Is Hard Kombucha? Everything You Need to Know

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Is Hard Kombucha Good for You? Exploring Possible Health Benefits

Woman pouring hard kombucha into glass garnished with raspberry

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Drinks to Toast to 2023

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Columbia Distributing provides various alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages found in most cocktails, and we work tirelessly to ensure businesses have access to the ingredients their bartenders or customers need. Here, we explore a few drink recipes to try this New Year’s Eve.

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Employee Profile: Business Development Director Brian Kampmann

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One of those employees is business development director Brian Kampmann. With over 28 years of experience working in the industry, Kampmann shares his knowledge and provides insight into what it’s like working for Columbia Distributing.

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Columbia Distributing Hosts Oregon Governor Candidates

Oregon governor candidate debate at Southern Oregon University. Pictured left to right: Tina Kotek (D), Christine Drazan (R), and Betsy Johnson (I)

Wilsonville, Oregon-based Columbia Distributing recently hosted three Oregon Beverage Alliance meet and greets for the state’s Governor Candidates, Tina Kotek (D), Christine Drazan (R), and Betsy Johnson (I). The events were followed by a debate among all three candidates down in Ashland, Oregon at Southern Oregon University.

The meet and greets were a great opportunity for Columbia’s teammates, suppliers, and others to personally engage with the candidates, while introducing them to the business and industry. During the discussions, all three candidates commented that they do not support raising alcohol taxes.

Columbia thanks its partners at the Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association (OBWDA) for sponsoring the debate. A special thank you also goes out to Columbia’s Director of Sales Lee Walton, District Manager Jeremy Merritt, and VP of Government Affairs Steve Gibbs.

Pictured left to right: Columbia Distributing employees Steve Gibbs, Jeremy Merritt and Lee Walton