Huatang Beverage Co. is a liquor distributor established in April of 1996. It serves as agent for Baotuquan and Asahi beers. Its customers include major hotels, liquor stores and supermarkets in Tianjin. Starting in August 2002, Huatang began to distribute Gold and Silver brands of Jiannan spirits. This led to a significant increase in profitability, and the company has grown from its original twelve employees to include mature capabilities in accounting, sales and distribution. Registered capital has increased from¥300,000 to¥2,000,000.