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MIAMI & DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#certificationSouthern
Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
(“Southern Glazer’s”)— the world’s
pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol—today announced that it is
collaborating with Women
of the Vine & Spirits
(WOTVS) to support the new WOTVS Certified
Women Owned Logo and Database program. Southern Glazer’s is now
promoting the new program on its corporate website at http://www.southernglazers.com/suppliers/,
encouraging eligible suppliers and brands to apply for the prestigious
certification, a pathway to supplier diversity programs.

Corporate supplier diversity programs can provide qualified women-owned
businesses with a pathway to become official providers of goods or
services to companies. The WOTVS Women Owned Logo and Database is a
game-changer for women-owned wine and spirits businesses, making them
more visible to buyers, wholesalers, supplier diversity procurement
managers, and consumers who will be able to easily identify certified
women-owned brands in the alcohol beverage industry. Corporate Members
of WOTVS who are at least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by a
woman and become certified by WBENC or WEConnect International as
a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), have the ability to apply for
usage of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Certified Women Owned Logo and
will be featured in the Certified Women Owned Database. Women of the
Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to
empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry.

“We are committed to advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry
and that includes supporting women-owned suppliers,” said Mel Dick,
Senior Vice President, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and President of
the Company’s Wine Division. “As a Founding Member of Women of the Vine
& Spirits, we are honored to support this trailblazing new program with
the hopes that the entire industry follows our lead.”

“Women control over $20 trillion of annual consumer spending globally
and trillions of dollars are spent worldwide annually on diverse
suppliers, yet less than one percent goes to women-owned companies,”
said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits.
“Women of the Vine & Spirits is committed to raise awareness of
women-owned suppliers in the alcohol beverage industry to further
women’s economic growth and gender equality on a global scale. It is our
goal to create a movement of support in the three-tier system. By
collaborating with Southern Glazer’s, we hope to drive significant
visibility of and participation in this program, ultimately making it
easier for buyers to quickly identify certified women-owned brands in
the wine and spirits industry.”

For more information on Women of the Vine & Spirits, Certification,
Supplier Diversity, and to apply, visit https://www.womenofthevine.com/cpages/women-owned-and-certified-program.

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor
of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned
company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District
of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000
team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult
consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly.
For more information visit www.southernglazers.com.
Follow us on Twitter
and Instagram
@sgwinespirits and on Facebook
at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.

About Women of the Vine & Spirits

Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization
dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage
industry. Women of the Vine & Spirits is an organization for members to
connect through our global and diverse network and collaborate across
all industry sectors. Providing members with resources and opportunities
to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and success. We offer
steadfast support for women at every position in the field with
membership benefits that include: education, training, mentorship,
entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and resources
for personal and business development. Together, we are a committed
community taking action and making a positive impact on the alcohol
beverage industry, worldwide. To become a Corporate Member, contact
Elizabeth Campbell Boyd at [email protected]
. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com.

Contacts

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, LLC
Cindy Haas
Senior
Director, Public Relations
Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1166
Mobile:
(786) 498-7640
Email: [email protected]
or
Jennifer
Hanlon
Senior Communications Specialist
Office: (305)
625-4171, ext. 1534
Mobile: 305-898-9982
Email: [email protected]