Distributor Name: Arthur R. Gren Co., Inc.

Location: 1886 Mason Drive Jamestown, NY 14701
 
Telephone: (716) 665-3911
 
Website: www.grenbeer.com
 
Managers:

Principal Manager: Jon P. Gren Jr.

 
 

Distributor Background:

Founded February 1954:

• Brands...Budweiser
• Purchased from Frank Denato, a produce wholesaler who also had Budweiser.
• 1st Year in Business sold 35,000 cases of Budweiser with 2 employees.
• The Previous Year Denato sold 50,000 cases. The Denato’s had the only produce company in Jamestown and he made people buy Budweiser if they wanted their bananas! Budweiser was a very small brand in those days.
• 1964 we purchased more brands…Stroh’s, Schaeffer, Schmidt’s and Duquesne.
• In 1972 Jon P Gren, Sr. purchased the Company from his parents and became the second generation family owner.
• 1982 we purchased Banner Beverages who carried…Labatt, Molson, Rolling Rock, Genessee, Schlitz and Old Milwaukee.
• When Coors came into NYS we sold Labatt and Rolling Rock to Certo Brothers.
• In the late 90’s we sold Genessee to Bentges Distributing in Silver Creek, NY.
• Also in the late 90’s we lost Molson to Miller who had purchased the rights for the US.
• In 2000, Jon P. Gren, Jr. began acquiring stock in the company and currently owns the majority of stock.  We are now in the 3rd generation of family ownership.  In 2012 sister to Jon Jr, Krisahn Gren Jewett became a minority owner.
• We are always looking for the opportunity to represent new brewers and partners.
• We are one of only three distributors who service Chautauqua County.  Certo Brothers in Buffalo carries the Miller/Coors brands as well as Corona and Sam Adams.  They also have a number of specialty brewers.  TJ Sheehan also services the county from Syracuse, NY and has a few micro/specialty brands.  We are THE ONLY distributor who is actually located in the County and we have about a 65% market share.
• Currently we carry the following brewers:

• Anheuser Busch-Inbev
• Southern Tier Brewery, Lakewood, NY
• Brooklyn Brewery
• Goose Island Brewery
• Red Hook Brewery
• Widmer Brewery
• Merchant Du Vin Importers
• Diageo USA
• Heineken USA
• Mexico’s CCM Brands
• Stroh’s
• Old Milwaukee
• Gallo malt products
• Monster Energy Drinks
• Hansen Beverages

We currently have 38 Employees.  We cover the County of Chautauqua and a small portion of Cattaraugus County.  We are a non-union facility.

Following are some charities to which we donate:

American Cancer Society…Chautauqua County Unit
Bemus Bay Pops
The Resource Center Foundation in Jamestown
Jamestown Renaissance Center
Chautauqua Lake Association
Chautauqua Institution Foundation
Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
Jamestown Community College
Jamestown Public Library
Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony
Lucille Ball Little Theatre
Jamestown Guilders
Retired NYS Troopers Helping Hands Foundation
Falconer Volunteer Fire Department

 

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