On Thursday November 18th, 2010 CMHDS members toured Brewer’s Distributors in Port Coquitlam, BC.
Brewers’ Distributor Ltd. or BDL is a private joint venture company owned by Labatt Breweries of Canada and Molson Breweries for the wholesale distribution of beer and the collection of returnable, refillable and recyclable beer containers within the four Western Canadian Provinces, as well as Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
The overall goal of the distribution alliance between the shareholder companies in Western Canada, is to maximize cost and service performance within the two distinct business processes – wholesale distribution of beer, and the collection of returnable, recyclable beer containers
BDL operates nine distribution centers and four cross dock facilities in the Western provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia). These facilities serve licensed customers throughout the West and the northern Territories. Corporate Head Office is located in Calgary, Alberta.
The company was established in 1995 when Pacific Brewers Distributor in British Columbia, Alberta Brewers Agents, Saskatchewan Brewers Association and Associated Beer Distributors in Manitoba were consolidated into a single operation.
The 438,000 sq.ft. Port Coquitlam facility boasts a 15,000 sq.ft. cooler area and is able to process over 180,000 cases (or 1200+ pallets) per day.