Beer was legalized in 1933 with the repeal of prohibition. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., wanting to get national distribution as quickly as possible, elected to go with proven successful food distributors who already had warehouses and equipment to deliver beer, or had been an Anheuser-Busch, Inc. customer during prohibition. Budweiser of Columbia, Budweiser of Anderson, and Budweiser of Greenville were at this time part of Pearce-Young-Angel, a wholesale food distributor. Beer was sold and distributed through the food warehouses on trucks delivering groceries and produce.
Beer was a very low volume item before, during, and shortly after World War II. In 1954, the Columbia, Anderson, and Greenville operations were established as separate and distinct companies for the exclusive distribution of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. products. These companies were known as PYA Distributing Companies and proved to be very successful in gaining market share and establishing Budweiser as the number one beer in our markets.
In 1967, we were able to get permission from Anheuser-Busch, Inc. to change the names of our companies to Budweiser of Columbia, Budweiser of Greenville, and Budweiser of Anderson. Each was a separate and distinct company with a defined territory assigned to us by the brewery.
In 2001, our companies operate 88 routes in 14 counties in the central and northwestern portions of South Carolina. We serve nearly 3000 on and off-premise retail accounts, selling over 10 million cases of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. products annually. As our market share continues to increase, we are proud to introduce additional Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Products.