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Empire-Breakthru Battle Heats Up As Retailers Reveal Details Of Alleged Smuggling Scheme

The court battle between Empire Merchants and Breakthru Beverage—two of the U.S. market’s biggest spirits and wine distributors—continues to heat up. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 15, 2016

News Briefs for November 21, 2016

•Diageo is closing its rum maturation and warehousing operation in St. Croix by the end of next year. Continue reading →

Posted in News on November 21, 2016

Breakthru Makes Offer For Empire Amid Controversy

Breakthru Beverage Group has made an offer to acquire New York’s Empire Merchants, in a blockbuster move that would make Breakthru the U.S. market’s second-largest spirits and wine distributor.  Continue reading →

Posted in News on November 11, 2016

Breakthru Names Lloyd Sobel, Former Empire CEO, As Executive Vice President

Breakthru Beverage Group has appointed Lloyd Sobel to an executive VP post, less than two months after Sobel was fired as CEO of Empire Merchants following accusations that he received as much as $5 million in under-the-table payments from Empire co-owner Charlie Merinoff. Continue reading →

Posted in News on November 7, 2016

Breakthru Acquires Glazer’s 50% Stake In Arizona’s Alliance To Become Sole Owner

Breakthru Beverage Group has acquired the 50% interest it didn’t already own in Alliance Beverage Group, giving it full control of the Arizona operation. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 21, 2016

Interview: Danny Wirtz, Vice Chairman, Breakthru Beverage Group

In October of last year, two of the leading U.S. spirits and wine distributors—Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG) and Wirtz Beverage Group (WBG)—joined forces to create Breakthru Beverage Group, a distribution giant with operations in 16 states and yearly revenue of well more than $5 billion. Danny Wirtz, who had been president of Wirtz Beverage, was appointed vice chairman of Breakthru, and has since been driving the integration of CSG and WBG into the new entity. He recently sat down with SND managing editor Peter Zwiebach to discuss how the deal came about, the integration process and what lies ahead for Breakthru. Continue reading →

Posted in News on April 19, 2016

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