Drinks distributor Charmer Sunbelt Group has signed a partnership deal with the Massachusetts-based wine importer and distributor Commonwealth Wine & Spirits.

A letter of intent has been signed and the deal is expected to be completed in January, Charmer Sunbelt said.

"We are delighted to become associated with this excellent company and hope to add our expertise to that of Commonwealth to create an even greater company," said Charmer Sunbelt CEO, Charles Merinoff. "Over time we will grow the business of our current product lines and add wines and spirits that complement the current portfolio."

Commonwealth's president, Tom Coleman, will continue to head up the company, reporting to Merinoff.
Coleman said: "Joining with Charmer Sunbelt is a tremendous opportunity for all of us at Commonwealth, and we look forward to making this new partnership an unqualified success."

The Charmer Sunbelt Group is an alliance of affiliated, independent drinks distribution companies operating in 15 US states.