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Moet Hennessy USA and Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Announce Signing of Exclusive Distribution Agreements

Submitted By: Lewis Perdue, September 01, 2009
Moet Hennessy USA and Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Announce Signing of Exclusive Distribution Agreements



NEW YORK,. Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Moet Hennessy USA, the world's leading luxury fine wine and spirits importer, and Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the largest wine and spirits distributor in the U.S., today announced the renewal of their relationship across the country.



The renewed exclusive agreement provides a long term relationship for the distribution of Moet Hennessy brands. This exclusive distribution relationship will operate in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina and Washington. In addition, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. and Moet Hennessy USA will continue their ongoing brokerage relationships in the control markets of Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.



Mark Cornell, President & CEO of Moet Hennessy USA stated, "We are very pleased to solidify our long-standing strategic relationships with Southern Wine & Spirits of America. This renewal with Southern -- our largest and among the most progressive distributors -- will make our already rewarding relationship even stronger. This agreement also continues to reinforce our commitment to NGG, in the markets where we have an existing distribution alliance in the U.S. with Diageo North America."



Wayne E. Chaplin, President & COO, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., commented, "We are thrilled about our new agreement with Moet Hennessy USA. This accord extends one of Southern's longest and valued supplier relationships. The renewal of this agreement is a testament to our collaboration over nearly four decades, and we are excited to start this new chapter in our relationship." Mr. Chaplin added, "Moet Hennessy USA has built a prestigious portfolio of outstanding champagnes, wines and spirits -- and we have been, and will always be, proud to represent them."



About Moet Hennessy USA



Moet Hennessy USA, the wine and spirits division of parent company LVMH, is the importer of luxury wine and spirits including Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon Champagnes, Hennessy Cognac, Terrazas de Los Andes, Belvedere Vodka, Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Veuve Clicquot, Domaine Chandon, Grand Marnier, Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau d'Yquem.



About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.



Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor, with current operations in 29 states. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia -- as well as the additional seven states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah through the Southern-Odom/Spirits West partnership. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members. For more information contact: www.southernwine.com.



Source: Moet Hennessy USA; Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.



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