The US wine and spirit producer Brown-Forman has appointed Union Beverage Company as its distributor partner in Illinois.

"We are extremely pleased that Brown-Forman has chosen Union as the distributor partner for its spirits brands in Illinois," said Glazer's CEO Barkley Stuart. "This is another positive step in our efforts to grow Union's presence in the important Illinois market."

"This is a great opportunity to enhance our Midwest strategic partnership with Brown-Forman," said Glazer's Midwest region president Keith Petrauskas. "We are confident that we will realize the tremendous upside of the Brown- Forman spirits portfolio."

"Securing the Brown-Forman spirits business will be instrumental in making Illinois a successful market for our company," said National Wine and Spirits chairman Jim LaCrosse.