About Major Brands

  • Major Brands sells and distributes consumer beverage alcohol to grocery stores, restaurants and other retail outlets throughout the state. The company carries more than 5,000 products including many of the industryís leading brands, domestic and imported beers and wines, and specialty non-alcoholic beverages and waters.
  • 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. Epstenís 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 500 employees and their families in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia and Cape Girardeau who make this a great company.
  • As a Missouri-owned and headquartered business, Major Brands is honored to source and promote local products from a great state. Schlafly Beer, St. James Winery, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Augusta Winery, Boulevard Brewing Company, Montelle Winery, Crown Valley Winery and Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling Co. are just a few of the many Missouri family-owned businesses we are proud to support.