Thomas Kemper Soda Announces Expansion Into Minnesota

PORTLAND, OR. November 16, 2012 – Thomas Kemper Soda, a Portland, Ore. based maker of super premium craft brewed soda and Division of Big Red, Inc., announces the expansion into the State of Minnesota.

Premium retailers Lunds & Byerly’s and Kowalski’s Markets will stock the full line of Thomas Kemper hand-crafted flavors in October. Products will be distributed through a new partnership with Bernick’s Beverages and Vending.

“Lund’s & Byerly’s and Kowalski’s Markets are renowned gourmet retailers and the ideal place for us to launch our iconic brand in Minnesota” said Bill Germano, President of Thomas Kemper Soda. “Bernick’s Beverages and Vending is a long established and highly regarded full service distributor of beverages throughout the state and we’re proud to be associated with them. As the market for premium craft soda continues to grow their organization gives us the opportunity to reach retail as well as on-premise markets where gourmet consumers shop”.

Thomas Kemper Soda was acquired by Big Red, Inc in September 2011. Plans are to continue to expand the Thomas Kemper line of hand-crafted super premium sodas to strategic retailers in the Midwest and Eastern US throughout 2012.

About Thomas Kemper Soda Co.

Thomas Kemper Soda is a Division of Big Red, Inc, and produces super premium craft-brewed bottled soda. The company got its start in the explosive microbrew scene of 1980’s Seattle. Today, Thomas Kemper maintains the same Northwest spirit at its Portland, OR, headquarters and continues to bottle its soda in small batches using cane sugar and the finest ingredients. Thomas Kemper products are available at finer retailers and restaurants in the Western U.S. with growing availability across the remainder of the country. For more information, visit