This partnership will help open the door for Minta to enter the Western United States and increase distribution points in local markets, convenience stores, and retailers serviced by Unified Grocers.
Accompanying the distribution deal are supermarket and other retail agreements. The brand will be available in Haggen’s Northwest Fresh stores starting in June. Founded in 1933, the company currently operates 29 supermarkets throughout Washington and Oregon. Haggen is one of the 75 largest grocery chains in the United States, according to Supermarket News, and is the Northwest’s largest independent grocer.
“We are excited to have our Western distribution in place. Unified Grocers is among the nation’s most respected distributors and an excellent partner to expend our business” says Jenia Kokotuha, Founder of Minta Beverages, Inc.
About Unified Grocers
Founded in 1922, Unified Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. Unified and its subsidiaries, which generated approximately $3.8 billion in sales during fiscal 2011, offer independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry.
MINTA is a carbonated, mint-flavored soda that was founded in 2011. MINTA is available in Original (Natural Sugar) and Diet (Sugar-Free) in 12 ounce Cans, 12 ounce custom PET bottles and 355 ml custom glass bottles. Minta products are sold through specialty gourmet and natural food stores, mainstream supermarket chains, retail stores and restaurants nationwide, and in Canada.