Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Gold Coast Eagle Bests Its Peers | Beer Distributor Tops Competition with Perfect Score | Beer Distributor Tops Competition with Perfect Score

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Gold Coast Eagle Bests Its Peers | Beer Distributor Tops Competition with Perfect Score | Beer Distributor Tops Competition with Perfect Score

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BEER BUSINESS

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Gold Coast Eagle Distributing ranked No. 1 out of 632 wholesalers and took home a perfect score in Anheuser-Busch InBev's Ambassadors of Excellence National Championship.

The Sarasota-Bradenton area wholesaler has a longstanding reputation of excellence in the competition, said Pat Bruenning, vice president of sales and marketing for Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

The annual competition judges wholesalers on community involvement, sales and image, among other categories, and typically the company ranks within the Top 15.

But this year Sarasota-Bradenton's booming tourism market spurred equally encouraging sales, and Gold Coast Eagle's staff of seasoned employees kept the company in the limelight. The wholesaler earned 1,000 out of 1,000 points on the annual evaluation.

"We got a perfect score, which is kind of unheard of," Bruenning said. …

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