(Phoenix, AZ) – Hensley Beverage Company, one of the largest beverage distributors in the nation, has completed the acquisition of New Mexico based Premier Distributing Company. This acquisition adds around 7.5 million cases to Hensley’s portfolio.

“This is a new day for Hensley Beverage Company as we expand our geographic footprint outside of Arizona,” Andy McCain, President and COO of Hensley Beverage Company, said. “We have known the Premier organization for many years and are excited that they have entrusted our company to continue their legacy.  We look forward to getting to know the Premier team and integrating them into the new combined organization.”

Already the leading distributor of craft, domestic and import beer, spirits, fine wine and non-alcoholic beverages throughout Arizona, Hensley Beverage Company will now expand its sales and service of Anheuser-Busch InBev beverages throughout the majority of New Mexico. Hensley Beverage Company will continue to operate all the New Mexico locations as Premier Distributing Company, while welcoming the addition of 300 new employees in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Clovis, Farmington and Gallup.

Hensley Beverage Company is committed to the communities it serves and looks forward to the opportunity to expand its tradition of quiet but substantial philanthropy and volunteerism into New Mexico communities as well. Hensley’s philanthropic support extends to hundreds of organizations in the areas of education, arts & culture, health and human services and the promotion of diversity. Many of Hensley’s executives and senior leaders have served in multiple leadership positions among local nonprofits. In addition, a comprehensive corporate social responsibility program is implemented annually by Hensley Beverage Company and Anheuser-Busch InBev to promote the moderate use of beverage alcohol and to stop underage and illegal consumption.