VICTOR, N.Y., May 4, 2011 - Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), the world's leading premium wine company announced today that representatives from the company and Crown Imports, a joint venture with Grupo Modelo, will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on May 5, 2011 in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Constellation's Chief Financial Officer, Bob Ryder, and Bill Hackett, president of Crown Imports, will push the button and hit the gavel that closes the day's activities on the trading floor.
Crown Imports is the leading U.S. distributor of the Modelo 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. The portfolio also includes Corona Light, Victoria, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, St. Pauli Girl and Tsingtao.
"Cinco de Mayo kicks off the key summer selling season for Crown and we are very excited to start the party by ringing the closing bell at the NYSE," said Hackett, "We have a number of great programs on tap this summer targeted to consumers who enjoy our products including new advertising, social media and impactful on- and off-premise promotions."
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 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, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Jackson Triggs, Kim Crawford, 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 125 countries and operations in approximately 30 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 Web site at www.cbrands.com.
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Angie Howland Blackwell-585-678-7141
Crown: Bill Ligas-312-873-9279