US importer welcomes addition of acclaimed beer brands
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – Total Beverage Solution (TBS) and Vanberg & DeWulf are pleased to announce that TBS has acquired the exclusive rights to the Vanberg & DeWulf portfolio.
Founded in 2002, Total Beverage Solution is a fast-growing, fully integrated importer and supplier with a highly selective portfolio of wine, beer and premium spirits, including iconic beer brands such as Weihenstephan, Old Speckled Hen, Cooper’s, Birra Moretti and Affligem. TBS has earned a reputation for market expertise and proven sales results by creating value and demand for exceptional brands. TBS is a four-time Beverage Industry Top 100 company.
Writing from Belgium, Vanberg & DeWulf co-founders Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield explain, “Since starting Vanberg & DeWulf in 1982, our mission has been to champion the cause of Belgian beer made by independent, family-run breweries. We have positioned our breweries for long-term growth in the United States. In TBS we have a successor who understands the value of our portfolio, and will help our beers fulfill their potential in the decades to come. We feel this is the right move at precisely the right time with exactly the right team. Our brewers and their beers are in capable hands.”
TBS founder Dave Pardus states, “Vanberg & DeWulf is unique in the pioneering role it has played in the Belgian beer category and the connoisseurship it has brought to the expansion of its portfolio beyond its Belgian roots. Don and Wendy’s relentless passion for beers of quality and terroir has created a terrific following for their beers. With the additional resources and infrastructure we bring, there is tremendous opportunity to grow their portfolio, and it complements our prestigious existing lineup of breweries and beers.”
The Vanberg & DeWulf portfolio consists of a tight knit group of hand selected breweries representing twenty-five distinct beer styles, including beloved beers like Saison Dupont and Scaldis. Vanberg & DeWulf was the first U.S. importer to specialize in Belgian beers. The company experienced a ten-fold increase in sales over the last decade. Vanberg & DeWulf has twice been nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional – the only beer importer ever to be so honored.
Feinberg and Littlefield will coordinate the transition with TBS over the coming year. Mitaro Consulting LLC acted as advisor to Vanberg & DeWulf.