GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas and DURANT, Okla. — Kimball Distributing Inc. and Ed F. Davis joined forces to form the North Texas DSD Beverage Group.
For many years, the North Texas region has been difficult for suppliers to introduce and market non-alcohol beverages due to the lack of area distributors with good business practices and credit histories and who can adequately service both convenience and grocery/big-box market channels, the companies said.
With this alliance, the DSD Beverage Group can offer new opportunities and synergies for beverage manufacturers to penetrate all market channels in North Texas, using distributors with extensive experience and excellent business reputations, Kimball and Davis added.
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Kimball was formed in 2006 and has served the c-store channel in its 32-county North Texas market area with premium non-alcoholic beverages since then.
Durant, Okla.-based Ed F. Davis is the oldest wholesale malt beverage distributor and has served nine southeast Oklahoma counties since 1953. In 2009, Davis expanded into non-alcoholic beverages by serving 14 counties in Oklahoma, and it currently also serves the grocery/big-box market channel in 10 North Texas counties with non-alcoholic beverages.