Southern Wine & Spirits and Alaska Distributors have joined forces across six north-west US states.

Alaska Distributors divisions Spirits West will join with Southern to form a new partnership to cover Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming from May.

Southern Wine & Spirits president and chief operating officer Wayne Chaplin said: "We are excited to continue to build our control state group's reach, which will now encompass 14 markets and cover approximately 65% of the total national control state sales volume.

"Our new partnership with Alaska Distributors is another landmark in the history of Southern Wine & Spirits of America."

Alaska Distributors president and CEO Stephen Loeb said: "It's an exciting day for our Spirits West Division to partner with Southern Wine & Spirits of America. Their vision for a fully integrated control state group, focused on on-premise excellence and operational efficiencies, will help strengthen our existing operation and create more value for all our suppliers."

Peter Hickey, executive VP, general manager-control states group at Southern, will lead the new group.