Thomas Kemper Expands East

PORTLAND, OR. March 1, 2012 – Thomas Kemper Soda, a Portland, Ore. based maker of super premium craft brewed soda and Division of Big Red, Inc, announces the expansion of its distribution network to new markets in the eastern US

Full Circle Distributors LLC, a full-service premium distributor of non-alcoholic beverages based in New Kensington PA, will distribute the Thomas Kemper portfolio to their 20 county market in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. Additionally, Empire Distributors, a major distributor of alcoholic beverages in the South East US with an extensive Craft portfolio, will distribute Thomas Kemper to customers in throughout the state of North Carolina.

“Thomas Kemper is an iconic brand in the western US” 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”.

Thomas Kemper Soda was acquired by Big Red, Inc in September 2011. Plans are to expand the Thomas Kemper line of hand-crafted super premium sodas to strategic markets in the Midwest and Eastern US throughout 1012.

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. Thomas Kemper products are available at finer retailers and restaurants in the Western U.S., with growing availability across the rest of the country. For more information, visit www.tksoda.com.