For Immediate Release Contact: Wayne E. Chaplin
President and Chief Operating Officer
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Telephone: (305) 625-4171
Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Announces Expansion in Empire State, Enters into Agreement with Eber Companies of New York and its Affiliates
MIAMI - February 13, 2007 – In a transaction anticipated to close on March 31, 2007, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Inc. – a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of service excellence since 1968 – announced today that it will acquire certain assets of Eber-NDC, LLC, Eber Bros. Wine & Liquor Corp., including the House of Burgundy and the Liberty Wine Company divisions, all based in the state of New York.
Wayne E. Chaplin, President & COO of Southern Wine & Sprits of America, Inc. said: “It is an exciting day for our New York organization as we bring together the history and legacy of the Eber Organization with ours. The combined expertise will serve us well as we continue to grow in the New York State market, furthering our goal of being the most customer-oriented and supplier-focused distributor in this great state.”
Mr. Chaplin added: “I am excited that Lester Eber will join our organization as Senior Vice President and work with me and Harvey R. Chaplin, Chairman & CEO of our Company. Lester will focus on legislative and governmental relations and work with Larry Goodrich, Executive Vice President, General Manager of our New York division in helping us better understand the needs of our customers and certain suppliers.”
Mr. Eber said: “I am looking forward to working with Larry, Harvey and Wayne in continuing to help build Southern Wine & Spirits of New York into the premier wholesale alcoholic beverage distributor in New York State and to be a part of this great Southern Wine & Spirits Team. The winning combination of Southern’s already extensive investment into the New York marketplace, its strong regional and national presence, all combined with the former Eber organization’s local market expertise, will surely make for an even stronger statewide organization that will benefit all our trading partners.”
Mr. Eber added: “I want to thank all my Suppliers and Employees that worked so very hard over the years and supported Eber Brothers efforts. I am very grateful for your support, patience and guidance.”
Mr. Goodrich said, “These are great times for our organization, as I welcome Lester as a strategic member of our team. His unparalleled knowledge, experience and dedication to service in our marketplace will complement our continuing efforts to fulfill our mission of bringing world-class sales and service to New York
Mr Chaplin said: “This latest addition to our organization underscores our genuine excitement about the future opportunities here in New York and we look forward to continue to bring great people and service to retailers and restaurateurs across the Empire State”.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with operations in 27 states. The Company currently operates in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Company has a strategic partnership with Alaska Distributors Co. of Seattle, Washington, called Southern Wine/Spirits West, a joint venture that has wine and spirits brokerage operations across the Northwest Control States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members. For more information contact: www.southernwine.com.