School is back in session, please drive carefully

As students in many counties return to school today, Team Cone’s Corporate Trainer and Safety Officer Dan Yero has a few reminders for those drivers who operate large vehicles, especially tractor-trailers.

As schools resume, remember to be patient.  School buses take more time to load and unload, especially along rural routes.  This could also mean frequent stops, so be prepared with longer following distances and increased focus on the road.

All traffic each way must stop for school buses unless divided by a median.  Evan an unpaved or paved median requires traffic to observe caution, since younger pedestrians may need to cross in order to get to their school bus.

Back to School also means significantly increased pedestrian traffic, too.  People walk and bike to school, so intersections and crosswalks will have more pedestrians traffic.  Observe caution and add a shot of patience to your morning coffee and everything will be ok.

Additionally, remember that the texting ban has gone into effect in Florida.  Having a device in your hand on the road is a primary (and ticketable) offense, and motorists can be pulled over by law enforcement.

Finally, remember to stay hydrated.  It seems like a simple thing to remember, but dehydration can cause a number of problems for drivers like headache, nausea, or drowsiness.  Something as simple as having a water bottle in the car and drinking from it regularly can avert minor problems on the road.

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As school buses return to the road, remember to be patient.

 

It’s Florida, so the rain comes on an almost daily basis. When the rain comes, there are a few points of caution that Dan brings up for Team Cone’s drivers:

It's Florida, so the rain comes almost daily.
It’s Florida, so the rain comes almost daily.

Reduce speed to one-third the posted speed limit.  If the speed limit is 60 miles per hour (MPH) then in a commercial tractor-trailer, reduce speed to 40 MPH.  Remember that it takes a tractor-trailer much longer to stop than other vehicles on the road.

In the case of lightning, be aware.  Do not expose yourself to lightning if unnecessary.  The true danger is when the driver is outside the vehicle in a lightning storm.

If struck your vehicle is struck by lightning, chances are that the electrical systems will become inoperable. In that case, pull over quickly, set up hazard indicators, and follow standard breakdown procedure until the vehicle can be operated safely again.

Double the following distance.  When the rain first begins is when the roads are most dangerous.  The initial burst of rain will bring up some of the oils that may have settled on the road.  In the rain, wet roads can wreak havoc on a tractor-trailer with the added danger of jackknife or rollover.  Increasing the following distance between vehicles can save lives.

No flashers while driving.  In Florida, flashers are only used to signal a breakdown or road hazard/emergency.  It is against the law to drive in the rain with emergency/hazard lights flashing.

 

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We take safety seriously at Team Cone, and we count on our drivers to do The Right Thing The Right Way All the Time.

Team Cone partners with Goldring Gulf Distributing ensuring that Franklin county students will have school supplies

Cone Distributing of Tallahassee and Ocala (Team Cone) and Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC, today committed $20,000 to ensure every student at Franklin County School has the tools they need to succeed this upcoming school year.

 

“Hurricane Michael devastated so many of the communities and families we serve less than one year ago. While many families are still rebuilding their homes and businesses, we wanted to do what we could to ensure their future is bright,” said Doug Cone, founder of Team Cone.

In this photo is sheriff AJ Smith (hat), state representative Jason Shoaf, and Doug Cone (green shirt). Also school superintendent Traci Moses.
In this photo is sheriff AJ Smith (hat), state representative Jason Shoaf, and Doug Cone (green shirt). Also school superintendent Traci Moses.

Team Cone teamed up with Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC, to make the contribution after learning that nearly 400 students in the Pre-K through 12 public school were without school supplies. Many supplies had already been donated by the district and other local businesses, but the previous donations provided for only half of the school’s student population.

 

“We wanted to close the gap and make sure that every student starts the year off right, and that requires the necessary tools to get the job done,” said Cone.

 

Team Cone founder Doug Cone in front of Franklin County school

 

“We know all too well what our neighbors in the Panhandle are going through after Hurricane Michael, “ said Elliot Maisel, Chairman and CEO of Gulf Distributing Holdings, LLC. “Cone Distributing’s commitment to their community inspired us, and we felt compelled to offer our support.”

 

The school supplies will be distributed at the Back-to-School Orientation on August 8, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Franklin County School, 1250 Highway 98, Eastpoint. Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith will join Team Cone at the event to help the students get the supplies and find their way to class.

 

“Our most important role as community leaders is to keep our students safe, provide them with a high-quality education and give them the tools they need to succeed,” said Sheriff Smith. “We’re proud to partner with Team Cone to make sure these students have a great year and a bright future.”

 

“This school year is already off to an excellent start for the Seahawks, thanks to Team Cone!” said Frankly County Schools Superintendent Traci Moses. “Their generous contribution, combined with others, enabled us to provide school supplies to every student at Franklin County School for the upcoming year.”

 

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About Team Cone

Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began business selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. Less than two years later, the company began expanding its territory and suppliers and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in the state for a Florida beer distributor. Today Team Cone distributes a broad portfolio of beverages from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties out of a state-of-the-art facility in Ocala and a facility in Tallahassee. Cone Distributing’s goal is to operate a World Class company, distinguishing itself by doing the Right Thing the Right Way All the Time.

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Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC is located in Milton, FL and is a division of Gulf Distributing Holdings, LLC. Gulf Distributing Holdings manages and operates seven beverage distribution entities, servicing licensed retail accounts in central and southern Alabama, essentially from Birmingham to Gulf Shores as well as the Florida panhandle and two major markets in Mississippi. Gulf Distributing Holdings carries exclusive rights to distribute world-renowned beverage brands through these wholesale distributorships. As a wholesaler, each of our companies has a commitment to its suppliers, retailers, and consumers to provide quality products in its local markets. Gulf Distributing Holdings is constantly growing and currently represents nearly 100 beverage manufacturers and employs more than 900 people throughout the primary company footprint.  Gulf Distributing Holdings takes great pride in providing its employees a quality work environment and culture, along with competitive wages and benefits.

 

Team Cone and Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC, are proud members of Beer Industry of Florida.

Team Cone named to list of Best Companies to Work For in Florida

Team Cone named to list of Best Companies to Work For in Florida™

July 29th, 2019 (Ocala, Florida) The leadership of Cone Distributing (Team Cone) is proud to announce that the company has been named to Florida Trend Magazine’s 2019 list of Best Companies to Work For in Florida™.

Team Cone earned this designation after evaluation by an independent third-party organization of the company practices, policies, information, and especially employee satisfaction surveys.  The anonymous employee satisfaction surveys contributed 75% to the overall competition score.

Team Cone’s Human Resources Director Jonathan Jarrell attributes employee satisfaction to Team Cone’s emphasis on Core Values and company culture.  “Being voted one of the Best Companies to Work For in Florida means that our teammates love coming to work here,” says Mr Jarrell,  “We promote and reward teammates that are committed to our culture and we are investing our resources in developing people to their fullest potential both at work and in their personal lives.”

“Making this list of Best Companies took a lot of work,” says Team Cone veteran Key Account Manager Charlie Feagin.  Feagin celebrated his 23-year employment anniversary with Team Cone on the same day that the company announced its place on the list of Best Companies to Work For in Florida.  “But now, more than ever, our teammates are showing how much the company’s Core Values like Team, Communication, and Giving Back With Caring mean to them.”

The title is most significant for the company’s founder.  “This designation, to me, is probably one of the greatest honors that this company has had in its 34 years of existence,” says Douglas P. Cone, Jr., Team Cone’s founder and president.  “We are humbled by it, we are proud to have earned it, and we’ll be proud to try to keep it and make sure that every day going forward we deserve what we’ve earned.”

 

TEAM CONE Horizontal No BackgroundAbout Team Cone

Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began business with selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. Less than two years later, the company began expanding territory and suppliers and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in the state for a Florida beer distributor. Today Team Cone distributes a broad portfolio of beverages from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties out of a state-of-the-art facility in Ocala and a facility in Tallahassee. Cone Distributing’s goal is to operate a World Class company, distinguishing itself by doing the Right Thing the Right Way All the Time.

 

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About Florida Trend’s Best Companies to Work For in Florida™ competition

Each year, Florida Trend Magazine partners with the Best Companies Group to administer anonymous surveys to employees in eligible companies around Florida.  Employers complete an in-depth questionnaire and employees will have the opportunity to offer their honest feedback by taking part in a company-wide survey. Once both portions of the assessment are complete, the data is analyzed to determine if an organization has what it takes to be the “best.”  The list of Best Companies is published in the August edition of Florida Trend Magazine.

 

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Beers of Summer: Wheat Ales

After last month’s talk about Summer Pale Ales, this month brings the next set of the Beers of Summer: Wheat Ales

As the mercury continues to rise and afternoon showers make walking feel like swimming, the beers of winter and spring aren’t always as refreshing as they are in their own season.  Enter the beers of summer – the light, sessionable, and refreshing thirst-quenchers.  These are the beers that are at home anywhere from off-road to off-shore and cooking out to staying in, and they will be here for you throughout the summer.

Wheat beers come from many different origins – from Belgium to Germany and reinvigorated by American brewers – the end results are some of the best beers for interrupting the summer heat.  German-inspired hefeweizens, Belgian-inspired witbiers, and New World wheat ales all share the common origin in grains of wheat.  These beers

They may come from many sources, but their light body and thirst-quenching nature along with a lower alcohol content help make these some of summer’s perfect beers.

 

In the spirit of Beers of Summer: Wheat Ales, here are a few inspired wheat ales to check out this summer:

Lake Tribe Satsuma Wheat

 

 

 

Lake Tribe Brewing Beckster’s Satsuma Wheat (5.5% ABV) Brewed in Tallahassee, this Fresh From Florida® beer is jam-packed with citrus flavor courtesy of Florida-grown Satsuma oranges.  This light-bodied wheat ale is the perfect company for a light salad or a sweet contrast to spicy chicken wings.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale (5.3% ABV) No beer quite matches the heat of summer like Samuel Adams’ classic Summer Ale.  Golden and hazy, Sam Summer is the perfect company to a great sunset, grilled chicken, or a slice of key lime pie.  No matter what’s cooking and where the party is, this wheat ale can go the distance all summer long.

 

 

Infinite Ale Works Raspberry Witfinite White Ale (5.5% ABV) Brewed in Ocala, Infinite Ale Works Raspberry Witfinite White Ale is the result of attention to detail and love of the Belgian brewing tradition and a Florida-Man-sized helping of raspberries.  The tartness of raspberries is the perfect accompaniment to the light and citrusy base and adds another layer to the parfait of flavor.

 

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Schofferhoffer Grapefruit (2.5% ABV) Born from the European tradition of enjoying a beer and fruit-juice combination after a long bike ride or run, Schofferhoffer’s Grapefruit Hefeweizen is 50% wheat ale and 50% grapefruit juice with a low alcohol content to go the distance.  Try one after a long ride or a lawn-mowing to see just how refreshing this combination can be.

Funky Buddha Brewery Floridian Hefeweizen

 

 

 

 

Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen (5.2% ABV) Created by Floridians for Floridians, Funky Buddha Brewery’s Floridian Hefeweizen loves to go anywhere Floridians want to take it.  The beer pours a hazy yellow color and an aroma of bananas, light citrus, and cloves.  Floridian can match flavors with grilled shrimp, onion rings, or event light desserts.  From deep-sea fishing trips to lazy trolling down rivers and streams, Floridian is at its best when the sun is at its worst.

 

Interested in finding more beers to beat the heat this summer?  Hop over to our Beer Finder to search for an old standby or a new favorite beer!

Beers of Summer: Pale Ales

Beers of Summer: Pale Ales

As the mercury continues to rise and afternoon showers make walking feel like swimming, the beers of winter and spring aren’t always as refreshing as they are in their own season.  Enter the beers of summer – the light, sessionable, and refreshing thirst-quenchers.  These are the beers that are at home anywhere from a bonfire to a cookout to a pool party, and they will be here for you throughout the summer.

While India Pale Ales (IPAs) are currently the hottest style in craft beer, their older and wiser cousins – the pale ales – are ready and waiting for their turn in the beer cooler this summer.  American pale ales are one of the oldest styles in craft beer and though they are inspired by British pale ales, American brewers love to put their own spin on the style.

The original American pale ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, was brewed in the 1980s and slowly grew in popularity until it became distributed nationwide and brewed on both coasts.  Americans’ fascination and love of these hoppy and relatively low-alcohol beers continues today.  Combined with their history and low-alcohol quality, their thirst-quenching nature helps make these some of summer’s perfect beers.

 

Here are a few inspired summer pale ales to check out this season:

Swamp Head Brewery Stump Knocker Pale Ale

 

Swamp Head Brewery Stumpknocker Pale Ale (5.6% ABV)- This summer pale ale is made by fishermen with the outdoors in mind!  Named for a little fish with a big attitude, Stumpknocker packs the hop aroma and flavor of a huge hoppy beer miniaturized into a pale ale.  Light in body and big on taste, this easy-drinking pale ale is a regular resident of boat coolers everywhere.  Knock one back and see for yourself!

Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale

 

 

Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale (5.5% ABV)- Bringing the hoppy flavor to any cookout!  The Boston Beer Company debuted their New England IPA in 2018 and 2019 sees the release of IPA’s little brother – New England Pale Ale. Bursting through the can with juicy hop flavors of mangoes and peaches, New England Pale Ale brings new layers to any summertime table. If hoppy beers aren’t your favorite, check out this style of beer since hop aroma and flavor are more on the side of “juicy” than “bitter.”

 

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Infinite Ale Works Trails Pale Ale (4.8% ABV)- The best of old-world tradition and new-world innovation!  The same yeast that makes Infinite Ale Works West Floridian Quadruple is used to make Trails Pale Ale giving the beer the fruity aroma and flavor that Belgian ales are known for. The brewery calls the beer “an easy drinking and refreshingly hoppy fusion of American hops with a distinctive Belgian yeast character.”  We call it a great twist on a refreshing pale ale with some of the great fruity flavors that make Belgian beer so interesting.

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Dogfish Head American Beauty Pale Ale (6.5% ABV)- Made for music-lovers by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in collaboration with the Grateful Dead and their fans everywhere! American Beauty, a pale ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, captures the spirit of the band’s 30 years of touring and recording.  The beer is made with granola (an ingredient selected by fans of the band), wildflower honey, and all American hops. Check out this sweet beauty of an American pale ale today!

 

Check out our BEER FINDER page to see where any of these summer pale ales can be found! No matter what beer you choose to enjoy, please enjoy responsibly.  Cheers!

Happy National Craft Distillery Day to Fish Hawk Spirits

Today is the day where the nation raises a glass to small-batch distillers around the country, and we at Team Cone are proud to do sell the handcrafted spirits of Marion County’s Fish Hawk Spirits.

From some of the best water in the world, Fish Hawk Spirits distills award-winning whiskeys and rums that are available throughout Team Cone’s 22-county footprint.

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About Fish Hawk Spirits – in their own words
There is no distillery in Florida like us making spirits the way we do. We are not in a warehouse or a fancy building. We distill on a farm in a shed with hand built stills and processing equipment. We grow our own corn for our whiskey on our land next to the distillery. We harvest fresh fruit from our own groves and from our agricultural partners. We grow our own herbs and botanicals for our infused spirits in raised gardens at the distillery. We pump our water from the Rainbow River watershed that feeds Rainbow Springs from the wells on our land, use it directly in the mash and distill it separately for blending. No municipal water or reverse osmosis found here.

Learn more about Fish Hawk Spirits’ “farm-to-bottle” mission and origins here.

Please join us in enjoying some Fish Hawk rum and whiskey and raising a glass to this World Class distillery today!

 

Fish Hawk Spirits Wood Sign with Whiskey

About National Craft Distillery Day
On May 22, National Craft Distillery Day adds spirits to the small batch revolution. Recognizing the diversity of distilled spirits, the industry followed in the footsteps of the craft brewers and began creating a market for themselves.

Celebrate National Craft Distillery Day with a glass of handcrafted spirits and support your local craft distillery by using #NationalCraftDistilleryDay. Visit a local distillery and enjoy your favorite spirit. Take home your favorite and one for a friend. Use #NationalCraftDistilleryDay to share your favorites on social media.

Team Cone celebrates 34 years in the beer industry

Team Cone is proud to celebrate 34 years of selling World Class products from the best in the business. 

On May 20th, 1985, a bright-eyed Doug Cone opened Cone Distributing, Inc. for the first time and began selling five beers in four counties of rural Florida.

With the help of his family, Cone had purchased the assets of an existing distributor and opened the doors of the facility at 500 Northwest 27th Avenue in Ocala as Cone Distributing, Inc.  With hard work and dedication, Cone Distributing began growing into the business it is today.  Team Cone has purchased distribution territory and has been awarded selling rights from breweries across the world. To accommodate a growing team and territory, Cone Distributing built a 160,000 square-foot warehouse in Ocala in 2011. From small roots to now serving almost a third of the counties in Florida, Cone Distributing’s trucks and cars can be seen all around those same counties and in front of the fine establishments of the customers they serve.

Although Cone Distributing, known to many as Team Cone, now sells beer, energy drinks, soda, fermented spirits, and distilled spirits from over 40 suppliers in 22 counties, the company is proud to maintain and uphold the Core Values it always has. The values that drive the organization can be seen in many facets of the operation – from excellence in serving customers to giving back to the community it serves. Team Cone would not have grown and continue to grow without World Class people and products in the market every day.

Team Cone thanks the teammates that have helped grow the business and customers that continue to look to Team Cone for World Class products and service – for the last 34 years and onward into the future.

 

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Team Cone founder, Douglas P. Cone, in front of beer truck circa 1985.
Team Cone trucks, circa 1985
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While the trucks and the beers have changed a little over time, Team Cone’s commitment to excellence remains the same.

Team Cone Spring Rib Fest raises over $5000 for charity

Cone Distributing (Team Cone) is proud to announce that their 2019 Spring Rib Fest earned $5,660 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Team Cone’s Rib Fest is an employee-run event that involves teammates selling tickets for slabs of ribs and proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Ribs are then cooked up and teammates come to pick up the ribs at Martin’s Yamaha in Ocala.

In 2018, Team Cone Rib Fest Coordinator Ben Whiting noticed that the event would routinely bring in between $4000 and $5000 for St. Jude. After a discussion with Team Cone management, he decided to organize the event twice each year.

Whiting says that he is grateful for all of the help and all of the money the company is able to raise for St. Jude Children’s Hospital:

“I would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s spring event. Special thanks to Steve Beckwith, Charlie Ingrilli, Clarence Thomas, John Finch, Hunter Spink, Ty Chatterton and the entire Brady family for all their help. We raised $5660.00 making this our largest Ribfest yet.”

Team Cone Teammates pose during 2019 Spring Rib Fest
Team Cone Teammates pose during 2019 Spring Rib Fest

Each year, Team Cone raises money with the help of local businesses across the 22 counties in the state of Florida and makes a large donation to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the conclusion of the year.

Team Cone’s fundraising goal for 2019 is $75,000 to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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About Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude – research that is shared freely with the global medical community. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

 

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About Cone Distributing

Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began business with selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. The company expanded territory and suppliers and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in the state for a Florida beer distributor. Today Team Cone sells beer from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties from a state-of-the-art facility in Ocala and a facility in Tallahassee. Cone Distributing’s goal is to operate a World Class company, distinguishing itself by doing the Right Thing, the Right Way, All the Time.