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Wirtz Beverage in deal to expand in state

Jim Kirk 29 March 2008 No Comment

Wirtz Beverage Group will form what be Illinois’ largest liquor and beer distributorship in a deal that with Glazer’s Distributors of Illinois that will result in the closing of Chicago’s Union Beverage Co. and its brands being folded in under a new Wirtz operation.

Under the agreement, Union, which distributes Brown Forman spirits, E&J Gallo and a number of smaller brands, will cease operations in the state effective June 30. The new company, Judge and Dolph, LLC, will open the next day and assume distribution of the former Union brands as well as current Judge and Dolph Ltd brands, including Diageo, Barton Brands, Sidney Frank and others.

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