Constellation Announces Strategic Alliance in UK With Southcorp Wines; Matthew Clark Division to Represent Premium Wine Portfolio On-Premise

FAIRPORT, N.Y., Sep 6, 2001 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ, STZ.B) announced that its UK division, Matthew Clark, and Southcorp Wines have formed a long-term strategic alliance. This alliance will give Matthew Clark, through its Grants of St James's Wines and Matthew Clark wholesale business units, exclusive representation of internationally acclaimed premium Southcorp brands, including Lindemans, Rosemount Estate and Penfolds to the on-premise trade (restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, and bars).

Richard Sands, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Constellation, said, "We are delighted that our UK division will be representing Southcorp's well-known Australian brands, and we are equally pleased that Southcorp selected us for the sales and distribution of its wines. When we acquired Matthew Clark three years ago, we viewed it as a primary platform for Constellation's global growth. Today's announcement demonstrates the reality of that strategy, as well as Constellation's ability to expand the breadth and depth of our business through alliances, as well as acquisitions.

About Constellation

Constellation Brands, Inc. is a leader in the production and marketing of beverage alcohol brands in North America and the United Kingdom and is a leading independent drinks wholesaler in the United Kingdom. As the second largest supplier of wine, the second largest importer of beer and the fourth largest supplier of distilled spirits, Constellation is the largest single-source supplier of these products in the United States. In the United Kingdom, Constellation is a leading marketer of wine and the second largest producer and marketer of cider. With its broad product portfolio, Constellation believes it is distinctly positioned to satisfy an array of consumer preferences across all beverage alcohol categories. Leading brands in Constellation's portfolio include: Franciscan Oakville Estate, Simi, Estancia, Ravenswood, Corona Extra, Modelo Especial, St. Pauli Girl, Almaden, Arbor Mist, Talus, Vendange, Alice White, Black Velvet, Fleischmann's, Schenley, Ten High, Stowells of Chelsea, Blackthorn and K.

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