About Major Brands
Major Brands sells and distributes consumer beverage alcohol to grocery stores, restaurants and other retail outlets throughout Missouri. The company carries more than 12,000 products including many of the industry’s leading brands including domestic and imported beers, spirits and wines, and specialty non-alcoholic beverages and waters.
As a Missouri-owned and headquartered business, Major Brands is honored to source and promote local products from a great state. St. James Winery, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Augusta Winery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and Montelle Winery are just a few of the many Missouri family-owned businesses we are proud to support.
Major Brands is dedicated to being a high-performance distributor of premium beverages, whose commitment to excellence is reflected in our portfolio of products, our relationships with customers and suppliers, our employees and our support of the community.
Major Brands originated as E & L Wholesale, a wine and spirits distributor in St. Joseph, MO, founded by Joseph “Kewpie” Epsten in 1934. By 1988, with the involvement of Mr. Epsten’s son, Bobby and grandson, Todd, the business had been renamed Major Brands and expanded to become a statewide operation.
Today, the company remains a third-generation, family-owned business led by Chairman and CEO Susan B. McCollum with more than 600 employees and their families in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia and Cape Girardeau who make this a great company.