, Inc., the Web-based order-entry and service delivery company of Alliant Exchange, Inc., has signed an agreement that makes the first preferred vendor in the Shopping Mall.

Under the agreement, restaurant, hotel and other foodservice customers can link from the "Shopping Mall" icon on the home page to to order from a broad selection of high-quality boutique wines. Deliveries from will be available to Illinois customers beginning in August. The program will roll out nationwide over the next nine months.

"We welcome as our first vendor partner in the Shopping Mall," said Barbara G. Moss, senior vice president and chief operating officer of, Inc. "This relationship gives our customers easy access to exceptional and previously unavailable wines, providing additional points of differentiation and favorable profit opportunities. This agreement is the first in a series that will provide even greater value to customers by increasingly enabling them to consolidate their purchases of goods and services with one-stop shopping convenience."

"We are delighted to form this relationship with to offer punch-through access to," said Jeffrey L. Ibsen, president, "This opportunity will provide convenience and value for customers. It permits them to order these highly marketable wines through local state-licensed distributors, and it will provide increased visibility for" is an Internet-based business-to-business network that links producers and importers of exclusive boutique wines in the United States and Europe with distributors in the United States. Through this network, brings to market a broad range of wines that restaurants and hotels would otherwise find difficult to obtain. fulfills orders through local distributors in accordance with all laws governing the sale and distribution of wine in the state in which the ordering customer does business. Deliveries are made by those local distributors, and not by Alliant Foodservice or by

Alliant Exchange is one of the nation's largest business-to-business e-commerce and information exchange companies, with total sales of more than $6 billion. The company, one of the largest privately held enterprises in the U.S., has three operating subsidiaries -- Alliant Foodservice, Inc., a leading broadline foodservice distributor; The Drescher Corporation, a foodservice predistribution company; and, Inc., an Internet-based service that provides 24/7 access to a catalog of more than 165,000 foodservice items, equipment, related supplies and value-added services.