MIAMI and DALLAS, June 6, 2019—Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)— the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol—today announced that it is collaborating with Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) to support the new WOTVS Certified Women Owned Logo and Database program. Southern Glazer’s is now promoting the new program on its corporate website at www.southernglazers.com/suppliers, encouraging eligible suppliers and brands to apply for the prestigious certification, a pathway to supplier diversity programs.
Corporate supplier diversity programs can provide qualified women-owned businesses with a pathway to become official providers of goods or services to companies. The WOTVS Women Owned Logo and Database is a game-changer for women-owned wine and spirits businesses, making them more visible to buyers, wholesalers, supplier diversity procurement managers, and consumers who will be able to easily identify certified women-owned brands in the alcohol beverage industry. Corporate Members of WOTVS who are at least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by a woman and become certified by WBENC or WEConnect International as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), have the ability to apply for usage of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Certified Women Owned Logo and will be featured in the Certified Women Owned Database. Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry.
“We are committed to advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry and that includes supporting women-owned suppliers,” said Mel Dick, Senior Vice President, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and President of the Company’s Wine Division. “As a Founding Member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, we are honored to support this trailblazing new program with the hopes that the entire industry follows our lead.”
“Women control over $20 trillion of annual consumer spending globally and trillions of dollars are spent worldwide annually on diverse suppliers, yet less than one percent goes to women-owned companies,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Women of the Vine & Spirits is committed to raise awareness of women-owned suppliers in the alcohol beverage industry to further women’s economic growth and gender equality on a global scale. It is our goal to create a movement of support in the three-tier system. By collaborating with Southern Glazer’s, we hope to drive significant visibility of and participation in this program, ultimately making it easier for buyers to quickly identify certified women-owned brands in the wine and spirits industry.”
For more information on Women of the Vine & Spirits, Certification, Supplier Diversity, and to apply, visit www.womenofthevine.com/cpages/women-owned-and-certified-program.
About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.
About Women of the Vine & Spirits
Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry. Women of the Vine & Spirits is an organization for members to connect through our global and diverse network and collaborate across all industry sectors. Providing members with resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and success. We offer steadfast support for women at every position in the field with membership benefits that include: education, training, mentorship, entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and resources for personal and business development. Together, we are a committed community taking action and making a positive impact on the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. To become a Corporate Member, contact Elizabeth Campbell Boyd at [email protected] . For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com.