Last year All American Containers (AAC) moved to a new location in Windsor with a 35,000 square foot warehouse space and room for their new innovative wine packaging retail store.
“We’re like your local hardware store,” says Stephanie Ramczyk, “if you’re bottling and running short on corks, you can drive over, grab a bag off the shelf, and be on your way again.”
The retail concept is centered on improved convenience for wineries with a supply store in the heart of wine country that can handle all their packaging needs, and the store has a full range of bottles on various colors and shapes, as well as capsules and closures in stock. “We can work with you to put together the full package,” says Ramczyk, “with custom cases, bottles, closures, and even labels, but that’s not all, we also have tasting room and lab supplies.”
Not only can it save time compared to shipping orders from remote warehouses, but for small orders where shipping and handling costs can become prohibitive, a local store is a good alternative. “Many suppliers don’t want to break up pallets, but we do,” explains Ramczyk, “we can handle as big or as small an order as you need.”
All American Containers has twelve location across the country from Florida to California that provide containers and packaging for the food and beverage industry. There are three locations on the Pacific Coast with the San Leandro facility working as the hub.
In Kalama, Washington All American Containers is located next to the domestic glass plant, Bennu, that makes the wine bottles All American Containers supply. “We work hard to provide quality American made products like Bennu Glass whenever possible,” says Ramczyk.
Each location specializes in supporting the local industry, and for All American Container in Windsor, that means wine, but they also supply containers for spirits, olive oils, vinegar, and other specialty foods that many wineries produce on the side.
The warehouse is fully powered by solar panels, and All American Containers is in the beginning stages of getting Sonoma Green Business Certified, but that’s only one of the things they do to be sustainable. “We work with our clients to reduce everyone’s cost and carbon footprint,” says Ramczyk, “for example, if our truck is making a delivery in Lake County, we try to time it with a shipment we’re bringing here for repackaging.” All American Containers works with their neighbors in Windsor, Alexander Valley Cellars, to provide repackaging.
“We pride ourselves on being a dependable partner and resource for the wineries,” says Ramczyk, “we understand that flexibility, service, and quick response times can make the difference in the wine industry, which is why we have our own truck, and get to know our clients and their specific needs, so we encourage everyone to stop by for themselves and see what we have to offer – no appointment necessary.”
By Kim Johannsen