FAIRPORT, N.Y., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today the promotion of Paul Hetterich to Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Strategy. His primary responsibilities include mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and the Company's overall business development activities. He was previously Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. Hetterich will report directly to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sands.

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"When Paul Hetterich moved to Constellation Brands from Canandaigua Wine Company in 1999, he immediately tackled the integration of Franciscan Estates, the first fine wine company we acquired," said Richard Sands. "His energy, business acumen and knowledge of our industry have proved invaluable as he led the effort on a number of other significant acquisitions, including our purchase of BRL Hardy, Australia's largest wine producer. In this role, Paul has had a significant impact on Constellation's growth."

Hetterich joined Constellation in 1986 where his primary focus was marketing for Canandaigua Wine Company. He held several positions there including Vice President, Premium Wines Business Unit.

About Constellation

Constellation Brands, Inc. is a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands with a broad portfolio across the wine, spirits and imported beer categories. The Company is the largest multi- category supplier of beverage alcohol in the United States; a leading producer and exporter of wine from Australia and New Zealand; and both a major producer and independent drinks wholesaler in the United Kingdom. Well-known brands in Constellation's portfolio include: Corona Extra, Pacifico, St. Pauli Girl, Black Velvet, Fleischmann's, Mr. Boston, Estancia, Simi, Ravenswood, Blackstone, Banrock Station, Hardys, Nobilo, Alice White, Vendange, Almaden, Arbor Mist, Stowells of Chelsea and Blackthorn.

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