Southern Wine & Spirits Of America Acquires Sterling Distributing Company

MIAMI, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern)—the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with operations in 35 markets—today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sterling Distributing Company in Omaha, Nebraska. Sterling Distributing Company is Nebraska’s premier distilled spirits and fine wine wholesaler.

Commenting on the acquisition, Wayne E. Chaplin, President & CEO of Southern, said, “The Sterling Distributing Company is a great family-owned business with a talented workforce and a long-standing reputation in the state. Southern is honored by the opportunity to work with and learn from the Sterling leadership and employees deeply engrained in the market and to bring our industry best practices and expertise to the Nebraska market. We anticipate a smooth transition with no disruption for employees, suppliers and customers alike.”

Greg Alevizos, Chairman of Sterling Distributing Company, added, “This is an exciting time for our company, as we expect that Southern will help take our business to the next level in the beverage alcohol industry. We are confident Southern will continue Sterling’s heritage of providing superior stewardship of our exceptional supplier brands, outstanding service to our customers and exciting career opportunities for our dedicated and capable employees.”

Closing of the acquisition is expected at the end of February 2016, subject to final regulatory approvals. Southern has been licensed inNebraska since August 2007. Upon the closing of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, LLC in the second quarter of 2016, the Sterling acquisition will be integrated into the new organization.

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 and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 14,000 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly.

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About Sterling Distributing CompanySterling Distributing Company is Nebraska’s premier distilled spirits and fine wine wholesaler and distributor. Our exceptional product portfolio includes some of the best-selling brands in our industry. Sterling Distributing Headquartered in Omaha services the entire state of Nebraska.