The French Republic Elevated Mel Dick to Commandeur in the Order of Agricultural Merit

Feb 02, 2016, 12:00 ET from Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

MIAMI, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mel Dick, President, Wine Division and Senior Vice President of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern) and has been elevated to the rank of Commandeur in the Order of Agricultural Merit. Mel Dick joined Southern in 1969 and is an early founder and leader of the company. On December 17, 2015, Philippe Létrilliart, the Consul General of France in Miami, officially presented Mel with the recognition and medal for the Order of Agricultural Merit—an honor bestowed by the French Republic for outstanding contribution to agriculture.

Philippe Létrilliart, Consul General of France in Miami, said, "A great ambassador of the French Art de vivre, Mel Dick has dedicated his life to sharing the enjoyment of wine and fine products. For his constant efforts to promote French wine and the French culture through Southern Wines and Spirits' development, and for his unfailing friendship with my country, I was glad to award him with the collar of Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite Agricole, as a new token of France's gratitude and appreciation."

Regulated by the France's Ministry of Agriculture, this prestigious order consists of three levels—Chevalier (Knight) in which Mel Dick received in 1984, Officier (Officer) and Commandeur (Commander). As a recipient of the Mérite Agricole, Mel received a certificate commemorating the honor as well as a medal during an official decoration ceremony at the Consul General's office in Miami.

Mel is the recipient of numerous awards from the wine and spirits industry throughout the world. In 2000, he received the prestigious Legion of Honor, France's highest honor, in Paris for his outstanding contribution to the French wine and champagne, spirits and water industry and was elevated to Officier de la Legion D'Honneur in October 2010.

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