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BuzzBallz Ends 2019 By Reaching Million Case-Year Milestone

Merrilee Kick

BuzzBallz LLC made company history by selling more than one million cases of ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails in a one-year span.

The company says RTD cocktails are a growing trend BuzzBallz are 15 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and made with all-natural juices and creams, providing the craft cocktail taste on the go.

“I believe customer awareness and demand are at the core of our expansion, as well as chain retail exposure,” said Merrilee Kick, CEO and founder of BuzzBallz. 

In 2009, Kick left her career as a high school teacher to learn about the alcohol manufacturing process. Today, Kick is the only female owner of a combined distillery and winery in the United States, operating the business with a team of more than 100 men and women in Carrollton, Texas. What was once a small, family-owned-and-operated business has grown to a midsized, alcohol manufacturer, managing distribution across the U.S. and internationally. 

In February, Kick was selected as a top 10 finalist for the National Women Business Owner of the Year Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners. BuzzBallz was also ranked the 60th fastest growing company in the North Texas region by the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and is nominated for an Innovation Award by D CEO magazine.

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