This one could have some far reaching impact on how and where smaller artisan wine labels get distributed. Is this a good or a bad thing? Does this mean mega labels like some of the California wines win out, over regional wineries?
According to the East Bay Business Times, "Two Leading Wine & Spirits Distributors to Form Giant 38-State Joint Venture." Reporter Chris Rauber writes:
"Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., which operates in 30 states, and Glazer’s Distributors, which does business in 12 states, said Tuesday afternoon they’ve formed a national strategic joint venture to distribute wine and other alcoholic beverages in 38 states, subject to regulatory approval.
"Those states represent more than 80 percent of the U.S. market, according to the companies.
You can read the full article here.