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Longtime beer wholesaler to close after 70 years, sell rights to LaCroix, Modelo and other brands

Longtime beer wholesaler to close after 70 years, sell rights to LaCroix, Modelo and other brands

After more than 70 years of business, Wheeling-based Skokie Valley Beverage Co. is closing its doors and selling off chunks of its North Side and north suburban distribution business to longtime competitors.

Lakeshore Beverage Co., the Chicago area’s largest distributor of Budweiser — among scores of other brands — is buying the rights to distribute Old Style beer north of Armitage Avenue into Wrigleyville, which remains a stronghold for the aging brand. Lakeshore will also acquire the rights to more than 700,000 cases annually of LaCroix sparkling water, bringing its total to about 1.5 million cases. That will make Lakeshore the largest distributor of LaCroix in the U.S., according...

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