VICTOR, N.Y., March 4, 2011 - Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), the world's leading premium wine company, announced today that it is donating NZD $150,000, (USD $113,000), to the New Zealand government's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. This donation is in response to the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, the country's second largest city, on Feb. 22. The company employs approximately 230 people in New Zealand and operates a regional sales office in Christchurch, the area hardest hit by the quake.
"Thankfully, Constellation's employees are safe and uninjured after the powerful quake," said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer, Constellation Brands. "Through Constellation's corporate social responsibility initiative, the company is committed to assisting in areas of need, especially in locations where our employees work and live. We are pleased to make this donation to help during this critical time."
New Zealand is one of Constellation's key geographic regions with sales of well-known wine brands including Kim Crawford, Nobilo, Monkey Bay and Selaks.
The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal is helping the communities, families and people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region during this time of need.
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 an 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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