Who Owns Southern Wine And Spirits?

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Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of America is the largest wine and spirits distributor in the U.S. with operations in 44 states and Washington, D.C. The company’s portfolio is 45% wine and 55% spirits. It was the 11th largest private company in the U.S. in 2021.

Southern Wine and Spirits was founded in Florida, by Jay W. Weiss, Harvey R Chaplin, and Howard Preuss in his headquarters in Miramar in 1968.

The company expanded from Florida to California in 1969, and in 1977, Howard Preuss died due to cancer. His widow, Celia Preuss, then sold her part of the company to the remaining owners. Southern Wine and Spirits was one of the first companies to have statewide distribution in California, which is its largest market; prior to Southern’s presence, the state had dozens of small distributors.

Southern Glazer’s represents approximately 1,500 wine, beer, spirit, and beverage suppliers from around the world, and markets, promotes, merchandises, and distributes over 7,000 brands.

The company employs more than 20,000 people, and during a working week, the delivery, sales, and support staff of Southern Glazer’s collectively calls on or services over 250,000 different chains and independent retail and restaurant customers across the U.S.

Who Owns Southern Wine And Spirits?

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of America is a privately owned company.


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