Moёt Hennessy reaffirms US ties with Southern

21st January, 2016 by Amy Hopkins

Moёt Hennessy USA has renewed its exclusive distribution agreement with Southern Wine & Spirits of America in 11 states, continuing the “long-term relationship” between the two groups.

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Southern Wine & Spirits of America and French drinks group Moёt Hennessy have renewed their “long-term relationship”

Southern will continue to handle Moёt Hennessy’s brands in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon (for wine only), South Carolina and Washington.

In addition, the companies will continue their ongoing brokerage relationships in 17 control markets.

“Moёt Hennessy USA is very pleased to renew its existing partnership with Southern,” said Jim Clerkin, President and CEO of Moёt Hennessy North America.

“As an outcome of this new agreement, we reinforce our already strong relationship and have agreed to invest in additional resources and infrastructure to fuel accelerated growth for the Moёt Hennessy portfolio in the US.”

Earlier this month, Southern Wine & Spirits of America signed a deal with fellow drinks distribution heavyweight Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to form Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits – now the largest wine and spirits distribution firm in North America.

However, the deal is not set to be completed until the second quarter of 2016. It is not yet known if Moёt Hennessy USA will move its business to the new company once it is active.

“We’re honored to renew our distribution agreement with Moёt Hennessy USA,” said Wayne Chaplin, President and CEO of Southern. “The extension of this partnership is a testament to the leadership, dedication and hard work provided by each of our team members.

“Our long-term commitment to grow the Moёt Hennessy portfolio is the foundation of our ongoing focus of delivering superior luxury marketing and high quality distribution services.”

Bacardi became the first major drinks group to move the majorty of its North American distribution to Southern Glazers, creating a new regional network.

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