The world's second largest wine and spirits group Allied Domecq has said that its North American division has renewed its exclusive distribution agreement with the Illinois-based wine and spirit wholesaler Judge & Dolph, Ltd.

The long-term contract includes a dedicated sales division and exclusive distribution rights of the Allied Domecq broad portfolio of spirits and wine brands in the state of Illinois.  Judge & Dolph will distribute Allied Domecq's leading brands such, as Kahlúa, Stolichnaya Vodkas, Sauza Tequilas, Beefeater, Malibu flavored rum, Canadian Club, Courvoisier, Maker's Mark, Midori, Hiram Walker Liqueurs, Buena Vista, William Hill Wines, Clos Du Bois and Atlas Peak.

"We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Judge & Dolph as we seek to be the 'Supplier of Choice' throughout the industry," said Tom Wilen, president of Allied Domecq Spirits North America and Bill Newlands, president of Allied Domecq Wines, USA.   "Our relationship with Judge & Dolph is a joint effort to share in our investment with our customers and deliver unparalleled growth.  Allied Domecq is confident in its brand portfolio and its distributor partnership strategy to ensure we're in a position of strength with our customers," Wilen and Newlands added.

Wilen and Newlands said Judge & Dolph, "has the right sales structure, focus and business strategy for the Allied Domecq portfolio of brands, as well as outstanding category management, marketing and operational skills." 

"This dynamic portfolio of brands generates significant value to our business," said Rocky Wirtz, President of Judge & Dolph.  "Having been named the sole distributor for Allied Domecq in Illinois speaks to the confidence that spirits and wine suppliers have in our people and demonstrates our ability to deliver unparalleled value to Illinois retailers and customers," said Wirtz.