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Johnson Brothers Expands Partnership with Delicato Family Wines

Johnson Brothers has signed a new agreement with Delicato Family Wines to expand distribution beyond West Virginia and North Carolina to now include Minnesota, Iowa, and Hawaii, effective January 1, 2023.

“With our Delicato relationship expanding to five states, we are excited to broaden our supplier portfolio and partner with not just another family-owned company, but a top-five wine supplier,” said Michael Johnson, Chairman and Co-Owner of Johnson Brothers. “We look forward to the continued growth of this relationship and are committed to executing, activating, and building this portfolio in the marketplace.”

Delicato Family Wines, a fourth-generation family-owned company founded in 1924, is the fifth largest wine company in the U.S. by volume sales and is the U.S. category leader in premium 3L box wines with Bota Box, the original eco-friendly boxed wine. Delicato’s diverse portfolio includes leading popular, luxury, import, and agency brands, such as Coppola Diamond Collection, the U.S.’s #3 domestic super-premium wine brand, as well as Impact Hot Prospect Brands 1924 and Three Finger Jack, and Z. Alexander Brown Wines, the highly successful collaboration with musician Zac Brown.

“Our partnership with Johnson Brothers continues to evolve, and we are pleased to expand our footprint with them in three new markets – Minnesota, Iowa, and Hawaii,” said Delicato CEO Chris Indelicato. “We look forward to growing our portfolio with Johnson Brothers, allowing us to drive sales growth and profitability together.”

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About Johnson Brothers

Johnson Brothers is a leading wine, beer, and spirits distributor in the United States. As a third-generation family company, Johnson Brothers continues to be driven by the values established by its founder Lynn Johnson in 1953: work ethic, passion, innovation, teamwork, excellence, and integrity. By partnering with the best suppliers worldwide, Johnson Brothers delivers outstanding brands and services to customers across 21 states. To learn more about Johnson Brothers and its supplier partners, visit Johnsonbrothers.com, or connect on LinkedInInstagram, and Facebook.

About Delicato Family Wines
Delicato Family Wines is a fourth-generation, family-owned company founded in 1924, that is among the top five largest wine companies in the U.S. Delicato’s diversified portfolio of leading wine brands includes Bota Box, Coppola Diamond Collection, Noble Vines, Gnarly Head, Z. Alexander Brown, Coppola Director’s Cut, Black Stallion, Three Finger Jack, Sofia, 1924, and Schmitt Söhne Family Wines (Germany). Transcendent Wines, Delicato’s fine wine sales and marketing portfolio, includes such luxury brands as Black Stallion Limited Release, and Diora in addition to imported luxury estate wines such as Stoneleigh (New Zealand) and Torbreck Vintners (Australia). For more information, visit www.delicato.com or contact Brent Dodd, Director of Corporate Communications at brent.dodd@delicato.com.

Johnson Brothers Acquiring Wine and Beer Distribution Business of Dixie Beverage Company

Johnson Brothers today announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the wine and beer distribution business of Dixie Beverage Company in Virginia. Dixie Beverage Company will retain its non-alcoholic distribution business, continuing as a Red Bull and Snapple distributor out of their Virginia warehouse and a dedicated Red Bull distributor across the rest of their multi-state footprint.

“This strategic acquisition continues to grow our Johnson Brothers footprint in Virginia, further complementing our recent acquisition of Service Distributing Inc. in northern Virginia,” said Michael Johnson, Chairman and Co-Owner. “We are excited to add Dixie Beverage’s wine and beer brands and talented employees to our team.”

Rick Hottel, Dixie Beverage Company’s owner and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to sell our wine and beer distribution business to another family-owned business who shares our values. With this change, Dixie Beverage will be able to focus solely on growing our non-alcoholic business and brands.”

“With this further expansion into the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are committed to continue providing outstanding service for our customers and supplier partners,” said Todd Johnson, Principal and Co-Owner.

The acquisition is expected to close late summer, subject to customary closing conditions.

About Johnson Brothers:

Johnson Brothers is a leading distributor of wine, beer and spirits in the United States. As a third-generation family company, Johnson Brothers is driven by the same values established by its founder in 1953: work ethic, passion, innovation, teamwork, excellence, and integrity. Through partnering with the best suppliers in the world, Johnson Brothers delivers outstanding brands and services to customers across 21 states. To learn more about Johnson Brothers and its supplier partners, visit Johnsonbrothers.com, or connect on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Harold McGovern Named General Manager, Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

Johnson Brothers has announced the appointment of Harold McGovern as General Manager, Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island, effective July 1, 2022. McGovern will be responsible for leading all aspects of Johnson Brothers’ Rhode Island operations.

“Harold brings strong leadership and a great background working across suppliers and distributors in multiple geographies,” said Michael Johnson, Chairman of Johnson Brothers. “We are excited to have him joining Johnson Brothers leading our business and team in Rhode Island.”

McGovern brings over 35 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry, beginning his career with the E & J Gallo Winery. From there, he spent over 15 years at Diageo before moving on to National Wine & Spirits, then Young’s Market Company, and most recently, Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) where he led the state of Washington as Executive Vice President.

“I am excited to be joining Johnson Brothers and leading their Rhode Island business,” said McGovern. “I look forward to continuing to develop the team, expand our supplier relationships and grow our business and brands.”

About Johnson Brothers:

Johnson Brothers is a leading distributor of wine, beer and spirits in the United States. As a third-generation family company, Johnson Brothers is driven by the same values established by its founder in 1953: work ethic, passion, innovation, teamwork, excellence, and integrity. Through partnering with the best suppliers in the world, Johnson Brothers delivers outstanding brands and services to customers across 21 states. To learn more about Johnson Brothers and its supplier partners, visit Johnsonbrothers.com, or connect on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.