Our Mission
Wright Beverage Distributing is a full-service wholesaler, marketer and supplier of world class beverages to retail accounts. We strive to provide exceptional service, premier product quality and valuable support with industry leading operations and technology. Our commitment to financial stability ensures continued investment in our employees, customers, and brands. Dedication to our communities and environment through promoting responsible drinking and superior corporate citizenship is fundamental to our core values.

 

Our History
Wright Beverage Distributing’s story begins in 1953 with its founding by three partners: Claude G. Wright (Sr.), Robert E. Wisner, and Bruce E. Wright. In these early years the company distributed for three primary brewers: Joseph Schlitz Brewing, F.X. Matt Brewing Co., and Molson Breweries of Canada. Claude Wright Sr. was an absentee owner employed by Page Airways in Rochester, NY. His son, Claude H. Wright, CEO, purchased Wright Beverage Distributing in 1977, after seven years of employment as an Assistant Vice President in corporate banking with Marine Midland Bank. Over the course of the past thirty-five years, Claude has grown the company from five-hundred thousand cases and twenty-eight employees to over ten million cases and more than three-hundred employees today. With a fervent passion for customer service and employee morale, the corporation now services thirteen and a half counties in Western New York operating out of two state-of-the-art facilities. Wright Beverage Distributing has received numerous national awards including the Coors Founders Award and the Guinness Golden Bar Award which is given to the National Distributor of the year. The company celebrated 60 years in business in 2013 with its second and third generation of ownership represented by Claude and his 2 children: Tessa Tobin & Claude A Wright.

Affiliations:
Rochester Key Bank Advisory Board - MillerCoors KEG groups
New York State Beer Wholesalers Association
North American Breweries Board
Rochester Business Alliance
Oak Hill Country Club - Past President
Northeast Independent Distributors Association (NIDA)
Brewer's Association
Cicerone Certified
NYS Beer Wholesalers
Charities:
University of Rochester George Eastman Circle
Wilson Commencement Park ALS-University of Rochester
Penn State University Smeal School of Business Scholarship Fund