Thomas Kemper Expands in East, West

Acquired by Texas-based soda company Big Red last fall, Premium CSD brand Thomas Kemper has begun a period of geographic expansion.

The company has announced new distribution on both coasts and in the Midwest, along with a few new retail agreements.

In the East, Kemper will go through Full Circle in the Western PA and Eastern Ohio. It will also use Empire in North Carolina.

In the West, Kemper has signed with Sound Beverage Distributors in Bellingham WA and Harbor Wholesale Foods in Lacey WA. New distribution in Southern California include Unified Grocers Market Centre and Garvey Wholesale.

Accompanying those deals are supermarket and other retail agreements. The brand will be available in Raleys Supermarkets and Stater Brothers in California, as well as Central Markets in Austin TX and Food City stores in Virginia. Additionally Thomas Kemper Soda has expanded to all Harry and David gourmet retail stores.

“Thomas Kemper is an iconic brand in the western U.S.” said Bill Germano, President of Thomas Kemper Soda. “But as the super premium category continues to grow we’ve found that our rich, complex flavors have developed a following in many other areas of the country. With Full Circle Distributors and Empire Distributing we’ve found partners that share our passion for quality and a proven ability to serve their respective markets well. We are proud to be associated with companied that have such a tradition of excellence”.