Category: Press Release

Brandon Scott named Regional President – Central

Johnson Brothers has announced Brandon Scott as the new President of the Central Region. He will be responsible for executing the company’s commercial strategy across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

“We’re excited to have Brandon join our team,” said George Marsden, Johnson Brothers Chief Commercial Officer. “His years of supplier and distributor leadership will play an important role in the future of Johnson Brother’s commercial organization.”

Scott entered the wine and spirits industry in 2001 as a Sales Consultant for Premier Beverage Company in Miami, Florida before joining Windham Distributing Company in Wilmington, North Carolina as a Field Sales Manager. Following his time with Windham, Scott went on to additional supplier and distributor leadership roles in Arkansas and Maryland before relocating to Illinois with Breakthru Beverage where he led a 144-person team, covering three sales divisions and representing their entire supplier portfolio, including Diageo, Bacardi, Brown Forman, and Jackson Family Estates, amongst others.

Most recently, Scott served as Managing Director at the E&J Gallo Winery for the Midwest, where he was responsible for sales execution in the on-premise and retail channels.

“I’m excited to join an amazing family company with great heritage and a clear plan for growth,” said Scott. “I look forward to working with our team members to continue to build upon the existing high-performance culture and ensure we have the right path to market in every state to best service our customers.”

Johnson Brothers Expands Partnership with Cedar Ridge Distillery

Johnson Brothers has signed a new agreement to become the exclusive distributor of Cedar Ridge Distillery in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Indiana.

“With nearly 200 percent growth over the past five years, Cedar Ridge is on a journey to become the Midwest’s choice for whiskey,” said Jamie Siefken, Cedar Ridge Distillery Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We believe Johnson Brothers understands our vision and will be with us every step along the way.”

With the relationship expanding across the upper Midwest, Johnson Brothers is excited about fostering growth across the region.

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Cedar Ridge Distillery across the Midwest and look forward to working alongside them to grow their whiskey portfolio,” said Frank Kohoutek III, Johnson Brothers Corporate Sales Director. “We believe this new partnership positions both companies for future growth in the expanding whiskey category.”

About Johnson Brothers:

Johnson Brothers is a family-owned wine, spirits, and beer distributor with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company has been providing world class service to customers throughout the United States since 1953 and now operates in 21 states. To learn about their story, services, and locations, please visit

About Cedar Ridge Distillery:
In 2005, Jeff and Laurie Quint founded Cedar Ridge Distillery because they believed it was time for Iowa–the number one corn-producing state in the U.S.–to share its homegrown bourbon whiskey with the world. Today, as Iowa’s first and oldest distillery, Cedar Ridge Distillery provides premium Midwest whiskey from America’s grain belt, managing every step of production while allowing nature to be the ultimate guide. Influenced by its heritage of wine making and roots in agriculture, Cedar Ridge Distillery consistently produces high-quality, award-winning products.  Learn more at

Warehouse and Delivery April Appreciation Events

Everything is batter with freshly baked cookies and April’s St. Paul warehouse and delivery appreciation events are no exception! Throughout April, team members are being thanked for their ongoing passion and dedication with cookies from local nonprofit Cookie Cart, a new community partner we are supporting.

Cookie Cart provides teens of color 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, and life and leadership skills through experience and training in urban nonprofit bakeries. The bakeries are classrooms, where hundreds of teens learn and build real-world skills that prepare them for successful futures.

We’re thrilled to support local youth baking bright futures while thanking our team members for making Johnson Brothers a butter place!