~Bell ringing officially kicks off key summer selling season for Crown beer business~
VICTOR, N.Y., May 2, 2013 - Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), announced today that representatives from the company and Crown Imports will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on May 3, 2013 in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Constellation's Chief Financial Officer, Bob Ryder will push the button and hit the gavel that closes the day's activities on the trading floor. He will be joined by Bill Hackett, president, Crown Imports, Jim O'Neil, senior vice president of the East Business Unit for Crown Imports, along with representatives from Crown and its local wholesaler, Manhattan Beer.
Constellation is in the process of acquiring from Anheuser-Busch InBev the remaining half of the Crown Imports joint venture that it does not already own and the Piedras Negras brewery in Mexico. Crown is the leading beer importer in the U.S. that markets and sells brands which include Corona Extra, the top selling imported beer in the U.S. and Modelo Especial, one of the fastest growing large beer brands and the number three imported beer in the U.S. The portfolio also includes, Corona Light, Victoria, Negra Modelo, Pacifico and Tsingtao.
"Cinco de Mayo heralds the start of summer, the biggest selling season of the year for the Mexican beer portfolio and we are very excited to start the party by ringing the closing bell at the NYSE," said Ryder, "There are a number of great programs on tap this summer targeted to consumers who enjoy Crown's products including new advertising, social media campaigns and on- and off-premise promotions."
"Cinco de Mayo is a key holiday for Corona and the entire Modelo portfolio when consumers are looking to celebrate with an authentic Mexican beer," said Hackett. "We are thrilled to be able to officially kick off Cinco at the NYSE."
About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands is the world's leading premium wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and more than 4,400 talented employees worldwide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation's brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Inniskillin, Franciscan Estate, Mark West, Ruffino, Simi, Estancia, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is a S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® company with more than 100 brands in our portfolio, sales in about 100 countries and operations in approximately 40 facilities. The company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to our brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to different people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more about Constellation, visit the company's website at www.cbrands.com.
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| Angela Howland Blackwell: 585-678-7141
Cheryl Gossin: 585-678-7191
Crown Imports: Bill Ligas-312-873-9279
| Patty Yahn-Urlaub: 585-678-7483|
Bob Czudak: 585-678-7170