About DET Distributing

Our History

DET Distributing Company is one of Tennessee’s largest family-owned beverage distributors, selling and delivering over 200 brands of beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic products to 24 counties in Tennessee. DET employs over 300 people at its Nashville headquarters and Jackson location.

Founded in 1951 by E.E. Dettwiller, Fred Dettwiller purchased the company from his father’s estate in 1973. Under his leadership DET Distributing Company continued to grow, purchasing several other distributorships over the years.

Fred’s vision and strategic planning positioned the company for continued success for many years to come. With an unrelenting commitment to professionalism, service, and excellence, DET has been serving Tennessee for over 70 years.


Our Mission

  • We identify and understand the unique needs of each customer and go beyond the expected in meeting those needs.
  • We provide each team member with the training and support needed to grow professionally and personally.
  • We adhere to the highest standards of honesty and ethical behavior towards customers, team members, suppliers, and the community.
  • We lead our industry by continually seeking and obtaining a competitive advantage based on quality products and service, generating increasingly higher sales and profits for the company.