Southern Wine & Spirits

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Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, Inc.
IndustryWine and spirits distribution
Founded1968 (1968)
FounderJay W. Weiss, Harvey R. Chaplin, Howard Preuss
Number of locations
44 states plus the District of Columbia, Canada and the Caribbean
Area served
44 states
Key people
  • Harvey Chaplin
  • Bennett Glazer
  • Wayne Chaplin
  • Sheldon Stein
  • Mel Dick
  • Steven R. Becker
  • Lee F. Hager
  • Brad Vassar
  • Thomas Greenlee
Products5,000+ Brands
ServicesSales, delivery, merchandising
Revenue$16.5 Billion in 2016 (Est.)[1]
Number of employees
Approx. 22,000
SubsidiariesCoastal Wine and Spirits, Transatlantic Wine and Spirits, Atlantic Wine & spirits

Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of America is the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States with operations in 35 states.[2] Southern's portfolio is 45% wine and 55% spirits.


Southern Wine and Spirits was founded in 1968 in Florida by Jay W. Weiss, Harvey R. Chaplin, and Howard Preuss, and is headquartered in Miami. The company expanded from Florida to California in 1969. In 1977 Howard Preuss died due to cancer. His widow, Celia Preuss, sold her part of the company to the remaining owners. Southern was one of the first companies to have statewide distribution in California, which is the company's largest market; prior to Southern's presence, California had dozens of small distributors.[3]

The company spread to Nevada in 1976, Arizona in 1992, South Carolina in 1993, Pennsylvania in 1995, Hawaii in 1996, Kentucky in 1998, New Mexico in 2000, Colorado in 2001, Illinois in 2002, New York in 2004, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia in 2005. In 2006, the company began operations in Alabama and in 2008 entered Delaware. In July 2008, Southern Wine and Spirits merged with the Odom Corporation which added Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska to its distribution areas. Southern entered the Indiana market in 2010.

Southern now 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 operation in Minnesota with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. Southern holds operating licenses and permits in Indiana, Nebraska and Texas.

In Jan 2016, the company merged with Glazer's, changing the name to Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, forming the biggest wine and spirits distributor in the country.[4][5]


Harvey R. Chaplin is the Chairman.[6]

His son, Wayne E. Chaplin, serves as the President and CEO.[7]

Mel Dick is the Senior Vice President of Southern Wine & Spirits of America and President of the company's Wine Division. In 2001, Mel Dick was awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the President of France, Jacques Chirac for his efforts to promote French wine.[8] He was first hired at Southern Wine and Spirits in 1969 as General Sales Manager-Wine to develop the wine operations of the company and promoted to Senior Vice President in 1991.[9]

Brad Vassar serves as Executive Vice President and C.O.O.


Southern Glazer's represents approximately 1,500 wine, spirits, beer, and beverage suppliers from around the world, and markets, promotes, merchandises, and distributes over 5,000 brands. The company employs more than 20,000 people. During a working week the sales, delivery, and support staff of Southern Glazer's collectively calls on or services over 250,000 different chain and independent retail and restaurant customers across the country.

In May 2018, Southern Wine & Spirits reached a deal with Aphria for its new subsidiary Great North Distributors to exclusively distribute Aphria's recreational cannabis products in Canada when recreational use becomes legal there.[10]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-01-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-01-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Announces Completion of Combination of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazer's". PRNewsWire. 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  5. ^ Freedman, Brian (2016-08-11). "Wave Of Mergers And Acquisitions Sweeps U.S. Wineries". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  6. ^ "Picton Wine". Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  7. ^ Wayne E. Chaplin. "Wayne E. Chaplin: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  8. ^ "Bulletin Board". February 2001. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-01-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Aphria strikes deal with Southern Glazer's on cannabis distribution - Article - BNN". BNN. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-09-09.

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