Two alcohol distributors in Massachusetts are poised to join forces.

Martignetti announced yesterday (7 August) that it has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire United Liquors in the state. The move will create the state's largest liquor distributor, which will have operations in all the New England states except Connecticut.

A spokesperson for the two companies emphasised that final details were still being discussed yesterday, with a final agreement due in the coming weeks or months. The new company will leave just one other major liquor distributor in the state, in the shape of Horizon Beverage.

"This is consistent with the consolidation in the industry, and other major markets are down to two or three major players," the spokesperson told local reporters.

Martignetti is a family-owned company with around 700 employees.

Last year, United Liquors secured a joint partnership agreement with Southern Wine & Spirits. The deal saw Southern take a minority stake in United.