SWS National Accounts Group Named Purveyor of the Year by OSI Restaurant Partners

For Immediate Release                                      Contact: Brad Vassar

                                                                         Executive Vice President, General Manager

                                                                         Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

                                                                         Telephone: (305) 625-4171





National Accounts Team of

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.


“OSI purveyor of THE YEAR”

THIRD Consecutive TIME


Hard Work of national Accounts team is

Recognized by OSI


MIAMI May 13, 2009 – Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of delivering the highest levels of service excellence since 1968, today announced that the Company’s National Accounts Group was honored for the third consecutive year as “Purveyor of the Year” by OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC (OSI), one of the world’s leading restaurant groups. The company’s portfolio of restaurant brands consists of Outback Steakhouse units throughout the U.S., as well as Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Roy’s and Cheeseburger in Paradise.


According to OSI, the criterion for this award is that “Southern has demonstrated consistent commitment to providing a high level of quality, value and service to our organization.”


Commenting on the OSI honor, Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President-General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., said, “On behalf of Wayne E. Chaplin, our President & Chief Operating Officer, and Harvey R. Chaplin, our Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, and our entire team at Southern, I am truly gratified that our National Account Team’s hard work and high professional standards have again been recognized. Their excellent service to OSI Restaurant Partners is a true reflection of our Company’s tradition of first-class service. We have invested a great deal and worked hard to establish industry-leading capabilities for our customers in every sales channel.”


Mr. Kevin Fennessey, Senior Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., said, “I would like to congratulate Ken Kribel, Vice President-Director of National Accounts, and Bill Edwards, Vice President-National Accounts Sales, and their entire Southern team for their work with OSI and all our on-premise national chain customers around the country. We are all proud of receiving this recognition from OSI.” He added, “We are extremely fortunate to be able to work with OSI’s world-class management group as well as all of their outstanding team members across the country.” Mr. Kribel said, “This is a great honor and it should be noted that this award would not have been possible without the leadership and unrelenting focus provided by Herman Fernandez, Vice President-National Accounts, Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida, and our entire Florida National Accounts Team. It has been this group that has worked so very hard during the past year to sustain the highest service standards possible for OSI. As with all our on-premise customers, the SWS National Accounts Team continues to strive to drive growth, maintain high levels of program compliance and add unparalleled value for both our top-level chain customers as well as our key supplier partners.”

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America:

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with current operations in 29 states. The multi-state distributor currently operates in:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia—as well as the additional seven states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah through the Southern-Odom/Spirits West partnership.  In addition, Southern has announced an additional pending strategic arrangement with Glazer’s Family of Companies in the center of the country—resulting in an incremental 8 markets to Southern’s existing footprint. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members. For more information visit: www.southernwine.com.

About OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC:

OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, was founded in 1988 by a group of people who believe in hospitality, sharing, quality, being courageous and having fun!
Today, our portfolio of brands consists of Outback Steakhouse restaurants throughout the U.S., as well as Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Roy’s and Cheeseburger in Paradise. We are now one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world. We operate in 49 states and our Outback Steakhouse restaurants are also open in 20 countries around the world.





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