Southern Wine and Spirits was founded in 1968 in Florida by Jay W. Weiss, Harvey R. Chaplin, and Howard Preuss, and is headquartered in Miami. The company expanded from Florida to California in 1969 and then nationally in subsequent years. Glazer’s was founded in 1909 by Louis Glazer as the Jumbo Bottling Co. Its alcohol distribution operations started after the repeal of prohibition in 1933, when Louis’ sons Max, Fritz and Nolan started Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors, distributing Schlitz Beer in Dallas.
In 2016, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits was formed by merging the two companies. They now employ more than 20,000 team members, distribute more than 150 million cases of wine and spirits annually across 44 U.S. markets, the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean.
They are the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company with a vision to be the distributor of choice for their customers and suppliers through a diverse team of empowered industry leaders, while giving back to the communities they serve.