Moët Hennessy USA and Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Announce Signing of Exclusive Distribution Agreements in Eleven States

Jan 20, 2016, 11:04 ET from Moet Hennessy USA

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Moёt Hennessy USA, the leading importer and marketer of luxury wines, spirits and champagnes in the U.S., and Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation's leading wine and spirits distributor, today announced the renewal of their relationship in eleven open states with the signing of exclusive distribution agreements.

The renewed exclusivity agreements continue the long-term relationship for the distribution of Moёt Hennessy brands in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon (for wine only), South Carolina and Washington. In addition, Southern and Moёt Hennessy USA continue their ongoing brokerage relationships in seventeen control markets.

"Moёt Hennessy USA is very pleased to renew its existing partnership with Southern," said Jim Clerkin, President and CEO of Moёt Hennessy North America. "As an outcome of this new agreement, we reinforce our already strong relationship and have agreed to invest in additional resources and infrastructure to fuel accelerated growth for the Moёt Hennessy portfolio in the U.S."

Wayne Chaplin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern, added, "We're honored to renew our distribution agreement with Moёt Hennessy USA. The extension of this partnership is a testament to the leadership, dedication and hard work provided by each of our team members. Our long-term commitment to grow the Moёt Hennessy portfolio is the foundation of our ongoing focus of delivering superior luxury marketing and high quality distribution services."

About Moët Hennessy USA:

MOËT HENNESSY USA is the leading importer and marketer of luxury wines, spirits and champagnes in the U.S. The Moët Hennessy portfolio includes renowned brands such as: Hennessy Cognac; Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Ruinart and Krug champagnes; Belvedere vodka; Grand Marnier; Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies; and fine wines, including Cheval des Andes, Terrazas de Los Andes, Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay, Newton Vineyard, Smoke Tree and Domaine Chandon California sparkling, among others. Moët Hennessy has a strong consumer focus with an uncompromising commitment to building luxury brands. CONTACT: Samantha Barnes for Moёt Hennessy USA, 212-251-8430 or samantha.barnes@moethennessy.com.

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.:

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 35 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 14,500 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see: http://www.southernwine.com.

SOURCE Moet Hennessy USA