A local wine and beer bottle supplier is expanding on the wine side of its business – and going mobile in the process.
Ashland-based Wine & Beer Supply has acquired Harrisonburg-based Landwirt Mobile Bottling in a deal that comes with a book of business built over two decades and a 54-foot truck that can pull into a winery and fill up to 18,000 bottles per day.
The deal, which involved rebranding Landwirt as East Coast Mobile Bottling, was finalized about a month ago. Terms were not disclosed.
With 50,000 square feet of warehouse space across Ashland and Scott’s Addition, Wine & Beer Supply provides glassware, bottles, merchandise and more to local breweries and wineries.
Co-owner and chief marketing officer Casey Werderman said the company carved out a niche among brewers and winemakers two years ago upon its founding. With the mobile bottling business in its repertoire, it can sell empty bottles to wineries and then fill them.
“Wineries and breweries were tired of going to 12 different vendors for 12 different things,” Werderman said. “The goal with the acquisition is to close the end-to-end supply chain to vineyards.”
Werderman said Wine & Beer Supply is inheriting Landwirt’s employees, book of business and bottling truck, which he affectionately called “a monster truck.” It made its first run under the East Coast Mobile Bottling name last week.
“It only does wine bottling,” Werderman said. “Wineries are where the company’s roots are.”
He said Wine & Beer Supply now has 27 employees and plans to expand outside of Virginia soon, having hired sales reps in New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
“We’re positioning to be a premier East Coast supplier,” Werderman said.
Its local clients on the supply side include Ardent Craft Ales, Blue Bee Cider, Center of the Universe Brewing Co. and Intermission Beer Co.
Werderman said while the firm has no current plans to add mobile beer canning and bottling to its portfolio, it’s also not ruling anything out.
“You never know; if the opportunity is there, we’ll explore it,” he said.