The number of wine wholesalers in Indiana has dwindled from hundreds to a couple of dozen. That has raised concerns for small wineries that might not produce enough wine to attract a major distributor.
GreenLight Collectibles—a maker and wholesaler of replica cars, trucks, boats, trailers and other diminutive look-alikes—has managed to gain speed with growing revenue and new distribution deals—all while many of its competitors have hit the wall.
National Wine & Spirits Inc. suffered a staggering reversal of fortune when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission
ruled Nov. 5 that Southern Wine
& Spirits of America Inc. could distribute here.
Richard Green Co., founded in 1957, is a mini-conglomerate of sorts, selling pretty much anything necessary for work in the food-concessions business.
Twelve years after opening Natural Stone Specialists, Laura Christy is still just as passionate about the Carmel-based business,
sells high-end stone, metal and glass tiles.
At IBJ press time, the General Assembly was set to close another session without significant change to the state’s complex alcohol distribution system, ensuring another year of wrangling between wineries and wholesalers. A proposal to raise the direct shipping limit to 10,000 cases failed. So did a broader deregulation bill brought by a new Indiana wine drinker’s group, VinSense.