Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits is the largest distribution company in North America

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits is the largest distribution company in North America

Southern Wine & Spirits of America and Glazer's have closed on their agreement to become Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits. 

The two US distribution companies first announced plans to merge in January. The new entity is the largest North American wine and spirits distribution firm.

"We like to say that 'big is the new small,' by which we mean that Southern Glazer's new structures, resources, tools, and capabilities will serve customers and suppliers in more tailored and impactful ways than ever before," said Wayne Chaplin, the former CEO of Southern who will now lead Southern Glazer's. "We have built a unified and experienced leadership team... drawing from the best of both Southern and Glazer's and elsewhere. In the months and years ahead, our single highest priority will be working together seamlessly to be the distributor of choice for our valued suppliers and customers."

Southern Glazer's has operations in 44 US states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean. The new company distributes around 150 million cases of wine and spirits annually, and employs approximately 20,000 people.

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