Who We Are

Defined by our people, our dedication to the communities, suppliers and customers we serve since 1934.

About Major Brands 

Relationships are key to Major Brands’ success and 80-​year plus legacy as a wholesale wine and spirits distributor in Missouri. Since 1934, we’ve been representing the leading global, national and local wine, spirits, and beer producers in the industry, delivering premium beverages and service to our more than 9,000 licensed customers across the state. 

It’s not just what we serve, but how we serve it that matters. At Major Brands, it’s our people that set us apart.  We lead the way with a team of customer focused employees with a Midwest ethic, who care about each other and their communities.

Our History

Since 1934, we have done business with the belief that if you work hard and do what’s right, you’ll be successful. This approach is evident throughout our company’s history. We’re proud of where we began, what we’ve accomplished, and where we’re headed.

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  • Repeal of Prohibition

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  • Epsten Family receives one of the first wholesale distribution licenses in the state of Missouri and E & L Wholesale is founded

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  • Robert Epsten, second generation, expands family business with General Wholesale in Kansas City, Missouri

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  • General Wholesale acquires Standard and becomes General Standard

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  • Under third generation leadership, General Standard expands and Major Brands is established

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  • Todd Epsten appointed CEO of Major Brands

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  • Sue McCollum assumes leadership of Major Brands from her husband, Todd Epsten

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  • Major Brands receives industry recognition for ongoing commitment to social responsibility

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  • Major Brands acquires Missouri Beverage Co. and Garco Wine Co. to further expand breadth and depth of product portfolio

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  • The Wirtz family acquires ownership of Major Brands from Sue McCollum, who continues to lead the company as CEO

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  • Major Brands maintains outstanding service levels through pandemic and partners with key supplier to raise $100,000+ to support Missouri restaurant workers

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Our Mission

Major Brands is a high-​performance distributor of premium beverages, whose commitment to excellence is reflected in our: 

Responsible distribution of premium products
Exceptional relationships with customers and suppliers
Unwavering support of our employee family and the community

Our Values

Our commitment to our shared values informs how we achieve our mission and include:

Performance | Integrity | Respect | Teamwork | Community

Our Leadership

Major Brands leadership team places a strong emphasis on values and relationships which are the building blocks and foundation of our culture.

Sue McCollum

Sue McCollum

Chief Executive Officer

Tom Schawang

Tom Schawang

Chief Financial Officer

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

President of Sales and Operations

Melva Pete

Melva Pete

Chief Human Resources Officer

Ron Snider

Ron Snider

Vice President/​General Sales Manager

Dan Matuszek

Dan Matuszek

Vice President of Wine Strategy

Derek Holmes

Derek Holmes

Vice President of Spirits, Beer and Non-​Alcoholic Sales Strategy

Steve Maitland

Steve Maitland

Vice President of National and Strategic Accounts

Roy Cherian

Roy Cherian

Vice President of Information Technology

Major Brands Careers

Join Our Team

At Major Brands, our people are our key competitive advantage and are the heart and soul of our company. The entire Major Brands team is dedicated to serving our customers across the state of Missouri and building relationships with our Suppliers and the community.

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