Many people may think that beverage distributors only deliver beer from breweries and importers to local retailers. However, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors does much more than merely deliver beer. To learn more about the local Florida beer business, please read below.
Gold Coast is the largest beer wholesaler in Florida and one of the largest in the country. Our territory spans from Tequesta in Palm Beach County down through Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), covering all of Miami-Dade County, and all the way down to the Florida Keys. We service more than 5.6 million people and nearly 10,000 licensed beverage accounts.
However, when you consider Florida distributor operations, capital investment and community involvement, the total number jobs impacted is 76,600.
The total economic contribution of Florida beer is actually $5.2 billion.
Florida beer distributor activities contribute $651 million to the federal, state and local taxes. This does not include an addition $2.4 billion in federal, state and local alcohol excise and consumption taxes on beer sold in Florida.
Out of the 8,650 beer business jobs in Florida, Gold Coast Beverage is proud to employ over 800 hard working individuals in delivery, sales, operations, marketing and accounting!
Gold Coast Beverage sells and delivers some of the best brands in the world. We are home to more than 35 brewers & importers, and over 150 brands. Within this wide range of products, Gold Coast offers global brands like Miller Lite and Heineken, as well as smaller craft brews like Florida Lager and Brooklyn Beer. Since we provide an infrastructure that allows ALL types of breweries, both large and small, access to a wide network of retailers, the end consumers are able to have a wide selection of products at their fingertips.
Our Commitment to the South Florida Environment
South Florida is one of the most beautiful resort destinations in the US. Gold Coast Beverage wants to make sure it stays that way for generations to come. In 2000, we began this process with the addition of balers to each branch. Our efforts have recycled 720,000lbs of plastic and 2 million lbs of corrugated boxes. We also recycle approximately 300,000 wooden pallets annually. A recent conversion from propane to electric forklifts has eliminated carbon monoxide gas from all our warehouses. We have an upgraded fleet of trucks to enhance MPG and a No Idle Policy for drivers and our engine management systems turns off vehicles after five minutes. Our office areas and warehouses have motion detector light switches and lower usage bulbs to reduce electricity consumption. Each year, we try to identify more ways to reduce waste and preserve the environment.
Delivering Perishable Products in a Tropical Climate
South Florida is known for its sub-tropical climate. Since we deliver perishable goods in a warm climate, we take extra measures in our product storage and delivery to ensure freshness. Our fleet and facilities must operate at the highest standards in order to keep the beer fresh. Gold Coast Beverage has 4 temperature controlled warehouses. We also maintain a fleet of insulated and refrigerated draft trucks to deliver cold, fresh kegs to our customers. Our commitment is to deliver the freshest product as quickly as possible to our valued retailers.