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Jordan Beck | Daily Press Nick R. Bink, general manager of Bink’s Coca-Cola and Bink’s Wines & Beverages, holds a bottle of Coca-Cola in one hand and a bottle of wine from Robert Mondavi Winery in the other. The Bink family has been involved with the distribution of beverages in the local area for more
than a century.
Bink’s Beverage Distributors Continue 116 Year Tradition
MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Com- munity Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the Beacon House and UP Health System with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of two new shops, “Gift Well” and “Coffee for a Cause” in the new UP Health System- Mar- quette hospital. Both entities are affiliated with Beacon House and all proceeds will go toward helping build the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House.
The shops have become an instant success.
“We love having the opportunity to serve the hospital staff as well as patients and families at the hospital,” said Mary Dowling, CEO of the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula. “Everyone needs a place to refresh, and these two shops are designed to do just that.”
Amy Denman, manager of Coffee for a Cause is elated by the new location and high-profile corridor. “It’s been a huge success since day one. We’re so proud of our baristas for the constant hustle to make everything from caramel macchi-
ato’s to iced cappuccino’s. We are also delighted to feature local pastries and snacks from Huron Mountain, Babycakes and Towners and provide a variety of choices for break time refreshments.”
In the gift shop, manager Patricia Wolff has created a blend of whimsical, practical and inspi- rational items for both the décor and merchan- dise offerings. “We love featuring Michigan products as well as U.P. crafted items. Our fun and affordable clothing has been flying off the racks as well. We couldn’t be more delighted by our location and how easily accessible we are for both hospital staff and patients’ families, right on the main corridor.
“Today is a great day to say thank you to Brian Sinotte and UPHS for giving us the opportunity to create this entertaining way of fundraising every day for our cause,” said Dowling. “Our goal is to add a little excitement, beauty or fun to the day, and we’re grateful that our proceeds from our efforts have another positive impact; helping to build our new Beacon House.”
New Shops To Celebrate Beacon House Entities
By Jordan Beck
ESCANABA — For more than a century, the
Bink family has been involved with the distribu- tion of beverages in the local area. This tradition is continued today by a pair of businesses — Bink’s Coca-Cola and Bink’s Wines & Bever- ages.
Nicholas A. Bink — the great-grandfather of Nick R. Bink, who is the current general man- ager for both Bink’s businesses — established Bink’s Wholesale Liquor and Supply Company in 1903. However, the business’ focus changed later on.
“During Prohibition, he started bottling fla- vored soft drinks,” Nick said.
Bink’s started selling Coca-Cola in 1931. In 1936, it became the official Coca-Cola bottling company for the counties of Delta and School- craft; in 1961, Bink’s bought the franchise to sell Coca-Cola in the counties of Dickinson and Iron, as well as areas in the counties of Florence, Menominee and Marinette.
The Bink family returned to the alcohol busi- ness decades later.
“In February of 2000, we purchased the wine business from Pryal Distributing Company in Escanaba,” Nick said.
The purchase came with the right to distribute various wines in the counties of Delta and Schoolcraft. A new business — Bink’s Wines & Beverages — was formed to handle these rights.
In 2001, Bink’s Wines & Beverages purchased a wine business from Four Seasons Distributing of Iron Mountain, giving the company wine dis- tribution rights for the counties of Iron, Dickin- son and Menominee.
Although Bink’s Coca-Cola did production work at its Escanaba facility in the past, this work has not been done there for more than a decade.
“December of 2004 was our last production run of bottling 10-ounce glass bottles,” Nick said.
Instead, both businesses now deal primarily with selling and distributing their products. Nick noted a large part of this work involves pro- moting new items.
“There are always new products coming,” he said.
According to Nick, despite the business’ name, Bink’s Coca-Cola does not deal solely with Coca-Cola products. It also distributes products such as Dr. Pepper, Bodyarmor SuperDrink and Monster Energy.
Bink’s Wines and Beverages distributes a wide variety of wines, including wines from Apothic Wines, Barefoot Wine, Robert Mondavi Win- ery and Yellow Tail Wines, among many others. Some of the non-alcoholic beverages distributed by the business include Arizona Tea products, Calypso lemonades and Cock’n Bull Ginger Beer.
Looking ahead, Nick said the Bink’s businesses will focus on extending its service areas, increas- ing the number of customers they serve and expanding their product lines.
“Our future is about (continued) growth and looking for more opportunities to expand — new products, new customers and new territo- ry,” he said.
To learn more about the businesses, visit binks-
Pictured from left to right: Hugh Miller, Beacon House/HHUP Board Member, Todd Horton, Beach House/HHUP Board Member, Rev. Marlin Kilpatrick, UPHS Spiritual Care Coordinator, Mary Tavernini Dowling, Beach House/HHUP CEO, Brian Sinotte, UPHS Market President & Hospital CEO, Patricia Wolff, Gift Well Manager, Amy Denman, Coffee for a Cause Manager, Margaret Parker, Beacon House Program Manager, Renee Prince, Beacon House/HHUP Board President, Sue LeGalley, Beacon House/HHUP Board Vice President and Mary VanTilburg, LSCP Director of Business Development.
Houghton 800-562-7684
Iron Mountain 800-872-9013
Ishpeming 877-834-3827
Marinette 866-682-8418
Sault Ste. Marie 800-867-0511

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