Republic Beverage Company and National Distribution Company have completed their merger.

The two US distributors said today (1 May) that the combination of the two companies in 17 states - and the District of Columbia - has taken effect. The new company, which will be called Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), was announced in May last year.

"RNDC is the product of two organisations that share commonalities," said Tom Cole, president of the new company. "In this industry, combining supplier alignments, complementary geographic territories, and a shared strategic vision, as we have done, will result in an organisation that will more effectively serve the needs of suppliers and customers. That is the ultimate goal. We know that we have the right formula in place, and now it is time to execute our plan."

RNDC employs over 4,000 individuals nationwide.