Founded in 1933 by Antonio Origlio, an Italian immigrant from the island of Sicily, Origlio Beverage has evolved from a small, family-owned retail operation based in South Philadelphia to a wholesale distributor of fine domestic and imported beers, including a large selection of craft beer, ciders, craft soda, hard seltzers and other progressive adult beverages. Origlio Beverage-Philadelphia serves the five-county Philadelphia market, while Origlio-Reading serves the counties of Lehigh, Northampton, Berks and Lancaster. Four generations of Origlios work in the family business.
The company’s original facility was located on Wharton Street in a small, residential neighborhood. Growth was steady over the years and according to the parlance of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Origlio was not only a beer retailer but also an “ID” or importing distributor for Adam Sheitz and Valley Forge beers. In 1954 Antonio was awarded the Rolling Rock family of brands. The company’s acquisition of Heineken in 1964 was the first of many imports to become part of the Origlio portfolio. Sales that year reached nearly one million cases.
By 1980, the company added another half million cases to its annual sales volume and the Wharton Street facility was exceeding capacity. The following year, Origlio Beverage built a new facility on 78th Street in southwest Philadelphia. The company continued to attract exciting brands and sales continued to rise.
Fast forward to 1999. Now located in northeast Philadelphia on Bennett Road, the company’s sales passed the 10 million case mark! Origlio Beverage now represented even more prestigious suppliers, among them Coors, Corona and Guinness. As office and warehouse space became insufficient, the decision was made to build a new, state-of-the-art facility that would utilize the latest technology and provide adequate warehouse space for future growth. A parcel of land was obtained in the Byberry East Industrial Park, located a few miles from the Philadelphia Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In October of 2001, Origlio employees reported to their current location at 3000 Meeting House Road and soon it was business as usual – for a while…
Later that year, the company acquired the distribution rights to Yuengling, Boston Beer and Barton Brands. On the second day of January 2002, Origlio trucks rolled out even more fine beers. Then in 2008, our craft portfolio took a giant leap forward after purchasing Kunda Beverage. In September of 2013, Origlio acquired All Star Distributing, nearly doubling the company’s service area and adding over six million cases to the company’s total volume of sales.
After so many years in the business, Origlio continues to promote beer as a noble beverage and strives to exceed the expectations of its supplier partners and customers alike.