This is an information only web site for the wholesale trade. Our sales professionals cover Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as export to the Caribbean and Latin America.
Who we are…
After over 30 years in the business, The Cristol Group is an active participant in the specialty food and confection business. Continually striving to do what is needed to help our customers, we are frequently adjusting and adding new and exciting products to our organization. Though we sell a great deal of gourmet foods and accessories, our company is really about the people. We have the finest, most knowledgeable and dedicated team to help you find what you need; and it is about YOU, our customers. Our Representatives cover Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee and in most cases, if we do not have it, we can get it for you. We welcome you to this “information only” web site. This site is for trade customers and potential customers only. No orders can be sent. No pricing information is given to consumers through this web site.
What we do…
Our Sales Representatives will come to your business and show you what we have to offer in the comfort of your store. No need to pay for flights or hotel rooms at shows. Why bother with the hassle? Let us save you time and money. There is no cost to you for these services. Let us help you GROW your business.
A little history and background
In 1986, Sam Cristol merged his brokerage business with that of Neil Levine to form Cristol & Levine Sales. In 1995, Sam purchased Neil’s shares in the business. The name was changed to The Cristol Group. At the end of 2021 Lynn Weinberg a well-known longtime associate and COO of a dedicated 36 years announced her retirement for The Cristol Group, Inc. Soon to follow Sam Cristol also announced his retirement. Both Sam and Lynn are off traveling the world and spending more time with their families. Together they built a legacy in the Specialty Food industry.
After the announcement The Cristol Groups very own Bryan Myers and his wife Kathy Myers, became the new owners as of November 2021.
In 2014 Bryan Myers joined the Cristol Group as Director of Mass Marketing. Bryan’s extensive background in grocery having worked for companies such as Buttercrust Bakeries, Archway Cookies, Bauducco Foods, Geraldines Cheese Straws, as VP of Sales and other positions. Bryan has worked with chains such as Publix, Winn Dixie, Kroger, Food Lion, Target, Grocers Supply, Grocery Outlet, Core-Mark, Albertson’s, Dollar General, Sav a Lot, Family Dollar, HEB, DECA, AAFES, Sedanos and many distributors such as KeHE, UNFI, GFI, McLane, Cavalerro and more.
Bryan continues to handle our Grocery-Mass Market Division, as well as spearheaded our Pet Products Division Bryan along with our staff, has the skill and expertise to provide you with the service you have grown to expect from TCG. Our goal is to help you to continue to grow your business.
As for Kathy Myers she worked eighteen years at Florida’s Natural Growers, starting as a Staff Accountant and moving up to Financial Analyst. After moving to south Florida, I opened my own bookkeeping business in 2003 where I handled all aspects of accounting and various other business applications.
In 2012 Charka Shafer joined the company as Office Manager, Administrative, and IT guru and has helped us grow technologically into the 21st century. Her skills have helped us develop our Facebook and website so our customers can keep abreast of what’s going on in our company and the industry as a whole. After the Lynn and Sam retirement Charka was appointed COO. Charka has been with TCG for over 10 years and has built relationships with our sales representatives and our principals.
In addition we have seven talented and professional field reps that cover our current territories, which include Alabama, Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Our motto of “From Independent Specialty to Mass Market” now fits like a tee!
From that beginning back in 1986, The Cristol Group, with the help of our talented staff of professionals, built what is today THE recognized leader of Specialty Food Rep Groups in the southeastern United States. We also serve the Caribbean and Latin America.