Beam Inc is aiming to boost its presence in Iowa with the deal

Beam Inc is aiming to boost its presence in Iowa with the deal

Beam Inc is aiming to expand its reach in Iowa after signing a "long-term" exclusive distribution agreement with Southern Wine & Spirits of America (SWS). 

As of tomorrow (August 1), SWS will take responsibility as Beam's broker throughout Iowa, Beam announced yesterday (30 July). SWS is already the broker for Beam in 15 other US "control" states and has full distribution agreements with the spirits firm in 30 states. 

“Iowa is an important market for Beam because it truly represents the heartland of this country and is a great growth opportunity for many of our brands,” said Bill Newlands, president of Beam North America. 

He added: “Southern Wine & Spirits is the right partner to help us drive this accelerated growth." 

Beam Inc reported a strong start to it financial year in May, with profits up 17% to US$131.m.