Coast Brands Hires John Thomas as VP of National Accounts

Newport Beach, Calif. (March 12, 2012) — Coast Brands Group announced the hiring of yet another top?notch industry executive, John J. Thomas, who joins its team as Vice President of National Accounts. John brings a very impressive history in the beverage business having spent most of his career in sales at Anheuser Busch as head of National Retail Sales.

Based in St. Louis, John will be managing sales of Coast’s portfolio of brands to chain accounts including Wal?Mart, Target, key National Convenience Accounts including 7?Eleven, Circle K, AMPM, Kangaroo Express, Chevron, Quick Trip among others. In addition to heading up those key accounts, John will also be responsible with calling on some of the drug chains such as CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens on a national level.

John’s vast sales experience and retail relationships on a National level will be a tremendous asset for Coast Brands’ Clients. Coast Brands continues to solidify its leadership position as the only contiguous Beverage Management
Services provider in the country, assisting brands to attain distribution and chain authorizations.

About Coast Brands Group, LLC

Coast Brands Group, LLC, located in Newport Beach, California, is the leading brand representation provider for beverage companies looking to establish or expand sales and distribution to key markets in the United States. Its DSD Network has over 200 distributors in 50 states that together reach over 100,000 retail accounts in the West, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Northeast. Coast Brands is unique in that it represents brands to DSD distributors as well as retailers. Its impressive list of brands/clients include ACTIVATE, OhYeah!, Celsius, Kronik Energy, Green Planet, Volcanic Mineral
Water and, most recently, craft beer.