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Independent Distributor Network Introduces Two New Member Wholesalers: California and Connecticut Now Part of IDN


[Norcross, Georgia – April 1st, 2024] – Independent Distributor Network (IDN) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members, as it expands into California with the addition of Collier Barnett Distribution and into Connecticut with Murphy Distributing.

“We are very excited to have Collier Barnett and Murphy Distributing join our network of family-owned distributors. Both share our vision and values of providing a path to market for our winery and distillery partners,” said Mark Harmann, National Sales Director at IDN.

Founded in 2017 by Mike Huntzinger, Collier Barnett is owned and operated by Mike and Lisa Huntzinger out of their Rocklin, California office and warehouse. With a curated portfolio of spirits and wines, sales and delivery coverage of the entire state of California, and a deep commitment to customer service, Collier Barnett presents a strong voice for independent family-owned distribution in California.

Lisa Huntzinger, owner and Vice President of Operations for Collier Barnett said: “Collier Barnett Distribution is thrilled to have been accepted as the designated distributor member for California. As a young and growing business, we feel that our partnership with the IDN was just the support and collaboration we need to continue to grow our business. We were impressed immediately with the professionalism and industry experience of the leadership team. We feel confident in our decision to partner with the IDN and look forward to our future collaborations.”

Murphy Distributors is based in Branford, Connecticut, and has been growing their fine wine, craft beer and artisan spirits portfolio since 2008 by distinguishing themselves through strong relationships based on dependability, flexibility, enthusiasm, and product knowledge.

Matt Murphy, President of Murphy Distributors said of becoming a member of the IDN: “Joining the Independent Distributors Network was not just a strategic decision; it was a commitment to excellence. It’s about becoming part of a national family that values tradition, embraces innovation, and pursues the highest standards in distribution. This network isn’t just about reaching new markets; it’s about enriching the tapestry of the beverage culture and contributing to a legacy that respects the craft, the producers, and the consumers.”

“We strongly believe that we have found the ideal independent partners for the IDN in California and Connecticut with the addition of Collier Barnett and Murphy Distributors,” said Alex Thompson, President of IDN. “Having gotten to know Mike and Lisa Huntzinger with Collier Barnett and Matthew Murphy with Murphy Distributors, I’m confident that they share the values of our Network at large, as well as our approach to providing the very best service to our customers and our suppliers in our respective markets.”

About Independent Distributor Network, a group of 33 wholesalers in 31 states, founded in 2019 to create an alternative solution for the wine and spirits industry national footprint. IDN’s members form an alliance to give mid-sized wineries and distilleries a solid path to distribution.

About Collier Barnett Distribution, a Veteran and woman-owned purveyor of distinctive spirits and wines in California. By seeking out vintners and distillers that create superior products, they attain quality placements and growth in the right accounts with their specialized team. Delivering dependable and excellent customer service is their only standard.

About Murphy Distributors, a distributor with the vision of being Connecticut’s first choice for businesses who want to succeed and enhance their brand image. Their commitment to this vision channels their enthusiasm and knowledge for the products they represent while bringing quality and dependability as they expand throughout the market.