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Tryon Joins Nationwide Fight Against Human Trafficking

Charlotte, NC – Tryon Distributing recently partnered with the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) for an awareness training to educate employees on recognizing and reporting the warning signs of human trafficking. Tryon’s efforts are part of a nationwide campaign to help combat human trafficking in communities across the United States.

 

“Human trafficking is a very real and very serious issue both nationally and right here in North Carolina.  When we heard about the NBWA’s initiative to train beer wholesalers on how to identify potential human trafficking situations, we knew immediately that we wanted to participate,” said President of Tryon, Ed Johnston.

 

According to the Charlotte-based anti-human trafficking group A Fresh Start, North Carolina ranks #11 in the nation for human trafficking, and Charlotte ranks #1 in the state. The Raleigh-Durham area and Wilmington are also high on the list due to the ease of access to multiple highways and interstates.

 

Johnston continued, “The initiative lines up with our core values of giving back to our community and doing the right thing. We applaud the work that the NBWA and A Fresh Start are doing to help stop human trafficking and are happy that we are in a position to support their efforts. It’s our hope that with our entire statewide sales and delivery teams now trained on how to spot the red flags of this terrible crime and how to report it safely, we can begin to help combat the problem.”

 

Beer distributors collectively visit more than 640,000 retail establishments across the country, including bars, restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, package stores, sports arenas, and grocery stores. They are uniquely positioned to combat this heinous crime given their access to locations at accounts often unseen by the public. The hardworking men and women of Tryon who visit hundreds of licensed retail locations each week, are now prepared to be an extra set of eyes and ears on the ground in the fight against human trafficking.

 

Tryon Distributing is a Charlotte-based craft beer and wine distribution company started 35 years ago with three people and has grown into a statewide distributor with 270 employees. They were awarded Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year in 2018 by the National Brewer’s Association. They are proud to be family-owned and operated.

Tryon Donates over $11K to Pediatric Cancer Research

TRYON DISTRIBUTING DONATES OVER $11,000 TO PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH

Charlotte, NC – On Monday, Tryon Distributing presented a check to the Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) for $11,143.63. The money was raised via the first ever Tryon Charity Golf Classic that took place in late October.

 

“At Tryon Distributing, one of our core values is to be a family and community-oriented company. We felt that a charity golf tournament would be a great way to embrace that core value and we were thrilled to be able to partner with an organization as fantastic as the ISF. Their tireless efforts to carry out their mission to Beat, Grow, and Live really resonated with us and I’m grateful that we were able to donate 100% of our proceeds to help them achieve their goals. I am also extremely proud of everyone at Tryon and all of our partners who stepped up to help make this charity golf tournament happen,” said Ed Johnston, President of Tryon.

 

The Charlotte-based ISF is dedicated to improving rare pediatric cancer treatment options in an effort to increase survival rates of kids with cancer. Over the course of twelve years, the ISF has funded nearly $5 million toward expanding the scope of research and treatment and supporting families dealing with cancer in a variety of ways. In 2020, the ISF donated a record $1 Million to support their mission for rare pediatric cancers.

 

Tryon Beer Specialist Brian St. Clair noted, “Hosting a charity golf tournament was a way to combine two of my passions: golf and beer, while raising money for a great cause. The ISF is a wonderful partner because of their dedication to raise money for a very important cause. I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can give back to my community. Working at Tryon is more than just a job or a career – it has become a part of who I am. I’m proud to work at a company that always tries to do the right thing, is family owned, and truly cares about its employees and community.”

 

Tryon Distributing is a Charlotte-based craft beer and wine distribution company started 36 years ago with three people and has grown into a statewide distributor with 270 employees. We are proud to be family-owned and operated.

TRYON HOLDS FIFTH BLOOD DRIVE OF THE YEAR

Charlotte, NC – On Monday, Tryon Distributing teamed up with OneBlood to host its fifth blood drive of the year. Throughout the afternoon, many Charlotte-based Tryon employees stopped by to donate their time and blood to help save a life. These donations will positively impact almost 50 people.

 

“At Tryon Distributing, being family and community oriented is one of our core values and we feel that hosting blood drives throughout the year is one way that we can give back. Seeing our employees, supplier partners, friends and families signing up to give blood always makes me so proud to be a part of this great company. We are really fortunate to have so many great people within this company,” said Ed Johnston, President of Tryon.

 

While similar to organizations like the Red Cross, OneBlood maintains affiliations with prominent organizations in the health industry. OneBlood services much of North Carolina, and every blood donation received at Tryon’s warehouse will be used in and around the Charlotte area to help local individuals. This was a key aspect for us, as we strive to help our local community as much as possible.

 

Johnston continued, “Partnering with OneBlood was especially rewarding because it means the blood that we donated will go directly to helping people in our local community and giving back to the community which has done so much for us over the last 36 years is really amazing.” 

 

Tryon Distributing is a Charlotte-based craft beer and wine distribution company started 36 years ago with three people and has grown into a statewide distributor with 270 employees. We are proud to be family-owned and operated.

TRYON DISPENSES QUARANTINE RELIF BAGS

Charlotte, NC – Tryon Distributing teamed up with their supplier partners and US Foods to donate “Quarantine Relief Bags” to service industry workers who were affected by restaurant shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roughly 200 restaurant workers lined up in their cars outside Tryon’s Charlotte-based warehouse to pick up a goodie bag in a drive-thru, hands-free transaction run by Tryon employees.

 
“Restaurants and bars are where we built the Tryon business. They have always been there for us, and we wanted to help the employees,” said Angie Packer, Executive Vice President and Owner of Tryon.

Throughout the pandemic, Tryon has been trying as hard as possible to provide aid their employees, accounts, and community. In early April, Tryon purchased $6,000 worth of gift cards from independently owned restaurants throughout North Carolina, and then handed these gift cards out to their Sales Reps and Team Members on the front lines as a “Thank You” for their efforts. Also, during this time, Tryon elected to give their Drivers hazard pay, at the rate of an extra $10/day that is still in effect now.

Later that month, Tryon was featured in the Charlotte Observer for volunteering their trucks to help deliver groceries to local pantries. See the story here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article242180696.html


Brad Johnston, President and Owner of Tryon Distributing, said, “It’s the right thing to do and everyone wants to help. We are losing a bunch of money, but we are so much more fortunate than a lot of other businesses. I feel for my restaurant customers and I am good friends with many of them. It breaks my heart. Anything I can do to help; I’ve got the people and vehicles.”

Tryon Distributing is a Charlotte-based craft beer and wine distribution company started 35 years ago with three people and has grown into a statewide distributor with 270 employees. They are proud to be family-owned and operated.