2020 Top Beverage Carriers

2020 Essential Management and Operating Information for the 100 Largest Private Carriers in North America
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Top Beverage Carriers

Ranksort descending Company Tractors
1 PepsiCo North America Beverages 9,100
2 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United 1,437
3 Reyes Beer Division 1,340
4 Reyes Coca Cola Bottling 931
5 Swire Coca-Cola USA 838
6 Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution 795
7 Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits 721
8 Anheuser-Busch Cos. 687
9 Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast 677
10 Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages 611
11 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida 598
12 Columbia Distributing 452
13 Pepsi Bottling Ventures 355
14 Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 287
15 JJ Taylor Distributing 205
16 Breakthru Beverage Group 183
17 Nestle Waters North America 182
18 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. High Country 155
19 Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co. 150
20 Odom Corp. 141
21 Chesterman Co. 137
22 Clark Beverage Group 125
23 Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 118
24 Virginia Eagle Distributing 100
25 Upstate Niagara Cooperative 91
26 North Florida Sales 89
27 Republic National Distributing Co. 84
28 Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 75
29 Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Hickory, N.C. 71
30 Gulf Distributing 64
31 Pepsi MidAmerica 61
32 Pepsi Cola Newburgh Bottling Co. 60
33 Canada Dry Potomac Corp. 53
34 Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New York 52
35 Brown Bottling Group 48
35 Long Beverage 48
37 Western Wyoming Beverages 47
38 Anheuser-Busch Sales of Washington 45
39 Quality Beverage 40
40 Birrell Bottling Co 34
41 Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Corbin 33
41 Anheuser-Busch Distribution of New York 33
43 Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of New Haven 30
44 Shore Point Distributing 28
45 Lane Sales 27
46 Corwin Beverage Co. 26
47 Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawaii 23
47 House of Schwan 23
49 Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. (Virginia) 22
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