Superior History

The History Of Superior beverage Group

Superior Beverage Group is a privately held business with roots dating back to 1922 when Marion N. Antonucci formed the Superior Wholesale Grocery Company in Youngstown, Ohio.  Shortly following the Great Depression, Marion ventured into the wholesale beer and wine industry and established the Superior Beverage Company.  From the late 1940’s until 1984, the company prospered under the leadership of Marion’s son, John (Jack) R. Antonucci.
Under Jack’s leadership, the company continued successfully in Youngstown.  In recognition of the company’s performance under his direction, Jack was recognized in 1984 by Time Magazine with the “Distinguished Beverage Wholesaler Award”.  Jack presently serves as Chairman Emeritus.
Since 1984, when the company became Superior Beverage Group, it has been guided through an aggressive period of growth and consolidation by current Chairman, John M. Antonucci, who represents the third generation of leadership.  During the last 30 years, the company expanded from its Youngstown origin into several new markets including: Akron, Steubenville, Canton, Lorain, Columbus, Cleveland and Texas.  Each subsequent venture has provided comprehensive market insight and product knowledge, as well as, valuable transition experience, contributing to a more capable organization.
Over the years, Superior Beverage Group has earned the distinguished honor of recognition.  To illustrate, these recognitions include but are not limited to:
  • Labatt’s Excellence Award
  • MillerCoors President’s Award
  • Brown Forman Distributor of the Year
  • E & J Gallo Leadership Award 
  • Coors Founders Award
  • Pabst Central Region Distributor of the Year
  • Miller High Life Achievement Award
  • Coors Midwest FBA Excellence Award
  • E & J Gallo Pursuit of Excellence Award
  • MillerCoors Legend Award
  • Winking Lizard Distributor of the Year
  • Cleveland Food Dealer Association Distributor of the Year
Superior Beverage Group is an active member in the communities we serve.  Over the years, the company has supported numerous national, regional and local organizations through our philanthropic activities and charitable gifts.  Our philanthropic endeavors include programs related to health care, education, the environment, the arts, and community wellness.  Some of our organization's efforts  to help support these important causes include: food and clothing drives, clean environment initiatives, raising awareness for health issues and raising funds for local educational programs to name a few.
Looking ahead, Superior Beverage Group will continue to enhance its core business by employing the fundamental values established in 1922.  With a family based succession plan currently in place, including the 4th and 5th generation as associates of the organization, Superior Beverage Group is continuously taking steps to ensure that its vision, heritage and passion are a part of daily operations for the next 90 years.