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Beer delivery relies on a well-organized transportation system

The transportation committee’s areas of focus this year include learning more about how supply chains and transportation networks foster economic development in our region. In April, Constellation Brands hosted the committee at their San Antonio office for a presentation by John Kester, SVP of Operations Services, Beer Division. Kester’s presentation focused on why Constellation decided to put a regional office in San Antonio, and what role transportation plays in getting their high-quality Mexican beer brands to consumers in the United States.

Constellation Brands is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine, and spirits, with operations in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy, and Canada. Constellation is the third largest beer company in the United States, with high-end, iconic imported beer brands such as the Corona and Modelo brand families and Pacifico.

To support the brand portfolio’s growth, Constellation Brands opened a regional office in San Antonio to help oversee Compania Cervecera de Coahuila, a Mexican-based brewery Constellation acquired in 2013. Today, more than 45 members of the Beer Operations team are located at the San Antonio office.

Since 2013, Constellation has tripled the size and production capacity of the brewery. Each year they ship 300 million case of beer and in total they have 15 percent share of beer consumed within the country. To move the beer, Constellation Brands depends on rail and while it is not the only mode of transportation used, rail is an important and cost-effective way to ship beer.

”Constellation is a great example of a company bringing jobs to San Antonio due to supply chain and transportation activity in the region and across the border.  San Antonio is wonderfully situated to capitalize on the strengths of our region, including trade with Mexico,” Transportation Committee Chairman Ivan Jaime said.

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