MARPAC celebrates 50th with launch party

Posted on Feb 23 2023

MARPAC’s new alcoholic beverages found at stores near you include the Cutwater Vodka Mule, which is vodka with ginger beer and lime flavor, and Cutwater Rum Mojito, which is mint and lime flavored. (LEIGH GASES)

Icy beer and fresh gear were given out during Marianas Pacific Distributors Inc. or MARPAC’s 50th anniversary happy hour and launch party at the Jonny’s Bar & Grill Monday night.

The first 50 customers were gifted with MARPAC gear such as Bud hats and T-shirts as well as a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes throughout the night, and were also welcomed with music from The High-Tide Band, promotions on Bud family buckets of 5, and food.

According to MARPAC sales manager James Lee, this Friday is the start of their 14-week promotion—Budweiser $50,000 giveaway, in which a purchase of a 12-pack of Budweiser, Bud Light, or Michelob Ultra will qualify those to win prizes totaling $50,000, including 50,000 United Miles, $500 worth of gas, shopping sprees, and more.

MARPAC resident manager Guy Pudney, right, poses with sales manager James Lee, left, along with staff handing out Bud shirts and hats during their 50th anniversary happy hour and launch party at the Jonny’s Bar & Grill Monday night. (LEIGH GASES)

After purchase, sign the raffle entry form, drop it in the drop box, and wait for the call. Customers can find more information on Instagram by following @currentcnmi.

There will be additional promotions later on in the year on MARPAC consumer products and their wine and spirits, as well. 

The first 50 customers who made their way to MARPAC’s 50th anniversary happy hour and launch party at the Jonny’s Bar & Grill Monday night were greeted with Bud gear and beer.(LEIGH GASES)

What you can also find in a store near you right now are MARPAC’s two new beverages to try—Cutwater Vodka Mule and Cutwater Mint & Lime Rum Mojito—both of which are perfect for those hot beach days or barbeque parties with family and friends. 

You don’t need to bring all those bottles of alcohol to make your mixed drink as it’s already pre-made and ready for you to guzzle down on those days you just want to relax.

MARPAC resident manager Guy Pudney, who was at the celebration, said that the past years of business despite the pandemic has been great. 

“It’s been great but it’s been hard at times as well. But we persevere. We’re able to get through all the trials, the tribulations, and all the challenges, but we remain steadfast. We want to be here for 50 more years. We want to continue serving the CNMI and continue to be a great community partner as well.

Pudney then thanked the community for their support over the past 50 years. 

“I would like to thank all of our customers and all of our supporters that have stuck by us. All the sports organizations and nonprofits that we continuously help and donate to, I want to thank all of them for standing by us. We want to be here for them for the next 50 years and beyond. So, thank you for your patronage and for supporting us.”

MARPAC was established in 1973 and has sponsored many sporting events and has donated to many nonprofits and organizations throughout the CNMI.

MARPAC is a responsible and upstanding family-owned business, built on a foundation of service. Our mission is to provide the best products to our customers, and be a local partner helping to bring communities together, as well as supporting their growth to excellence. From our family to yours—MARPAC is committed to serving the people of the CNMI, now, and for generations to come.

Leigh Gases
Leigh Gases is the youngest reporter of Saipan Tribune and primarily covers community related news, but she also handles the utilities, education, municipal, and veterans beats. Contact Leigh at

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