BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Wine & Spirits of Maryland (SWS-MD) and Southern Wine & Spirits of Washington, DC (SWS-DC)—both divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation’s leading wholesaler of wine and spirits—announce the opening of a new, dedicated Sales, Marketing and Administrative office located at 2400 Broening Highway, Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21224.
In follow-up to their May 2012 announcement—combined with the recent conclusion of their JV with Frederick P. Winner, Ltd. (Winner) and the current opening of the new, dedicated facility in Baltimore—Southern will now exclusively manage their wine and spirits Sales, Marketing and Administrative functions. This will include all back office systems such as order-to-cash, finance, accounting, routing, customer service, and sales support and reporting—the standard suite of services and tools in use at other Southern divisions. For their part, Winner will continue to manage Southern’s needs regarding warehouse, pick, pack and ship services on a contractual basis.
Commenting on the transition, Southern President & Chief Operating Officer Wayne E. Chaplin said, “We could not have asked for a more engaged JV partner than FP Winner over the past few years. Marc Winner and his skilled staff of dedicated professionals offered their embedded infrastructure, market knowledge and collaborative culture to enable Southern to ramp-up smoothly and rapidly a wine and spirits offering in these two markets.”
Southern’s Executive Vice President, General Manager-Delaware, Maryland & DC Steven Dick added, “Going forward, Southern will manage all wine and spirits Sales, Marketing and back-office support functions and has established a services agreement with Winner for warehousing, order fulfillment and logistics services. We look forward to this continued win-win relationship with Winner as we both concentrate our Sales and Marketing attention in these markets on the product categories that we each know best.”
The new SWS-MD Sales office in Baltimore will be operational on February 11, 2013.
About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 35 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. In addition, Southern has a presence in Maryland and the District of Columbia through a joint venture with F.P. Winner Wine & Spirits as well as a joint venture in Minnesota with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 12,500 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see: http://www.southernwine.com.
About Frederick P. Winner, Ltd.
Frederick P. Winner Ltd. has been in the Beverage Alcohol distribution business since 1958, representing suppliers of malt beverages, wines and spirits throughout the State of Maryland. Winner began operations in Washington DC in 2009.