Business Buzz: Summit Beverage expands to northwest Montana

David Erickson

Here’s some business news in the Missoula area:

Summit Beverage is acquiring Fun Beverage and expanding its footprint to serve the Kalispell and Whitefish areas in northwest Montana.

Summit acquired the assets of Fun Beverage and began operations in the new region on Monday, according to a press release.

“On behalf of Paul, Gary , Kim, and I, after 41 years it’s time to pass the torch, and we could not be more pleased and confident in the knowledge that Summit Beverage and the Markovich Family will carry on our traditions of People First — Mission Always, a commitment to community, responsible alcohol distribution and operational excellence throughout northwest Montana.” said Brian Clark, president and chief operating officer of Fun Beverage.

Fun Beverage served Lincoln, Flathead and Glacier counties since 1981.

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The Markovich family has owned Summit Beverage since 1968. The company employs 165 people and operates in 13 counties in western Montana. Summit facilities in Butte and Missoula will continue to operate, as well as the distribution facility in Kalispell.

“We’re thrilled to be acquiring an incredibly well-run business that has an excellent reputation with its employees,

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