CWS: Our logistics and distribution arm
Highlighting our problem solving for the Minnesota wine industry, we identified key problems many customers were having with other distributors. Namely, inconsistent delivery patterns and product picking, poor storage conditions, poor quality delivery vehicles, and sub-par delivery personnel.
Larry Colbeck and Robbin Hilgert founded Cooperative Wine Services as a way to solve these issues. From our company owned and temperature controlled 30,000 square foot warehouse in Saint Paul, manager Ken Alvarez leads a staff of ten, all of whom understand the importance of what makes wine great. Care of the product is paramount, and a well trained staff that can tell the difference between twelve different bottlings of Chassagne-Montrachet means you get the wine you ordered.
Five high quality trucks plus a transit van make the fleet, which delivers wine for The Wine Company as well as three smaller distributors in a co-op style to the best accounts in Minnesota.