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Southern Glazer’s Signs Agreement to Acquire Epic Wines & Spirits  


Concurrent with the Acquisition, Southern Glazer’s will Distribute Foley Family  Wines Across its National Footprint

MIAMI and DALLAS, February 8, 2020Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (Southern  Glazer’s)—the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol—today announced that it has  signed a national distribution agreement with Foley Family Wines (FFW), a family-owned and  operated producer and marketer of luxury wines. Through this national alignment, Foley Family  Wines will benefit from Southern Glazer’s national scale, unmatched route-to-market  capabilities, and industry-leading Proof® e-commerce platform to drive efficiencies in the FFW  business and growth for its expanding portfolio of luxury brands. Concurrent with this national  distribution agreement, Southern Glazer’s has signed definitive agreements to acquire certain  assets of Epic Wine & Spirits of California (Epic), with the transaction to be completed subject  to typical closing conditions. 

This new alignment coincides with the launch of Southern Glazer’s new Fine Wine and Artisanal  spirits strategy, aimed at enhancing the route to market and customer service aspects for our  restaurant, fine wine, and craft spirits partners. 

“This is a new era for Foley Family Wines, following their recent acquisition of Ferrari-Carano,  as they look to accelerate growth for their world-class portfolio across the U.S.,” commented  Wayne E. Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “Our two family owned businesses are committed to working together to build on past successes, further develop  their great brands, and create a long-term and fruitful partnership well into the future.” 

“The expanded relationship with Foley Family Wines reinforces our commitment to the fine  wine category, one which we expect to see continued growth,” added Gene Sullivan, Chief Sales  and Marketing Officer, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “We remain dedicated to developing  the dynamic fine wine business, and with that, delivering the best results for the Foley Family  Wines portfolio of luxury brands.” 

As the FFW portfolio of luxury brands continues to grow, it is imperative that we align ourselves with a wholesale partner who has broad route-to-market capability,” commented Bill  Foley, Chief Executive Officer of Foley Family Wines and Epic Wines & Spirits. “This national  alignment with Southern Glazer’s will provide FFW unmatched access to a customer base that will help catapult FFW toward our goal of becoming a top producer of luxury wines.”  

“The national partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the right next step for Foley  Family Wines,” said Shawn Schiffer, President of Foley Family Wines. “We are confident that  the industry-leading scale and strategies of Southern Glazer’s will position Foley Family Wines  for exponential growth.”  

Established by Bill Foley in 1996, Foley Family Wines is a portfolio of highly-acclaimed wines  from some of the world’s greatest vineyards. Every brand in the company’s portfolio has a distinct style and legacy. Foley Family Wines owns the following properties in California:  Ferrari-Carano (Sonoma County), Foley Sonoma (Geyserville), Chalone Vineyard (Monterey),  Foley Estates (Sta. Rita Hills), Lincourt Vineyards (Solvang), Merus (Napa Valley), Foley  Johnson (Napa Valley), Kuleto (Napa Valley), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County), Sebastiani (Sonoma  County), Lancaster Estate (Sonoma County), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley), Eos  Winery (Paso Robles), Roth Estate Winery (Sonoma County) and Banshee (Sonoma County). In  the Northwest, the company owns Three Rivers Winery (Walla Walla, Washington), Acrobat  (Western Oregon), and The Four Graces (Dundee, Oregon). In New Zealand, the company owns  Vavasour (Marlborough), Clifford Bay (Marlborough), Grove Mill (Marlborough), Dashwood  (Marlborough), Martinborough Vineyard (Martinborough), Te Kairanga (Martinborough), and  Mt. Difficulty (Bannockburn, Central Otago). 

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits 

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and  proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44  U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. 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.

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