Crown Distributors Inc., was started in 1953 by L.C. Bill Helbert and was the distributor for Adolph Coors Company in Central and North Central Kansas. In 1990 the company was purchased from Bill Helbert by Joe Ritter. Six years later Joe sold Crown Distributors to his son and daughter, Mark Ritter and Karrie Sullivan. In 2005 Crown Distributors Inc. merged with Junction City Distributing Inc. to become what is now Crown Distributors, LLC.
The company continued to grow and in 2007 it purchased Jayhawk Beverage Inc. in Topeka, KS and DeBauge Bros, Inc. in Emporia, KS. Two years later Crown Distributors LLC purchased the Miller distributors of Capital Distributing in Topeka, KS and Heartland Beverage in Manhattan, KS. In 2019, The Nichols (High Country Beverage) family partnered with Mark and Karrie to operate Crown Distributors LLC. In 2020 The Nichols purchased the remaining rights to Crown Distributors to become sole owners.
Today, Crown Distributors LLC employs over ninety employees at two locations in Salina and Topeka and is the second largest MolsonCoors distributor in the State of Kansas. It distributes products in 40 counties throughout Central and North Central Kansas extending to Eastern and Southeastern Kansas. It is solely owned by Mark Ritter, Karrie and Richard Sullivan and Kelly and Gail Frakes.