Supplier M&A Activity Jumped in 2017

FILED DECEMBER 18, 2017

2017 has been one of the busiest years for supplier deals in recent memory. Thus far, we've reported on just over 30 deals that resulted in new ownership, and 4 "investments" made in smaller companies. Those numbers represent a significant increase from our last tally in 2015 when we counted 19 total transactions. [see WSD 11-30-2015].

Below is our handy compilation of the most significant supplier acquisitions/investments we covered this year.

JANUARY

Constellation Ventures invests in Catoctin Creek Distillery.

Vintage Wine Estates wins bid for Cameron Hughes Wine ($4 million- $5 million).

Stoli Group USA acquires Kentucky Owl whiskey.

FEBRUARY

Campari takes full ownership of Bulldog London Dry Gin ($58.4 million).

Private equity firm Homestead Capital buys Sage Creek Vineyard.

Bacardi takes minority stake in the Ilegal Mezcal.

MARCH

Edgewater Spirits acquires Wodka Vodka from Panache Beverage.

E&J Gallo buys Napa Valley's Stagecoach Vineyard.

Josh Phelps sells his interest in the Taken Wine Company to Trinchero Family Estates.

Davos Brands acquires controlling interest in Sombra Mezcal and Astral Tequila.

APRIL

Delicato Family Vineyards picks up Blossom Hill Winery from Treasury Wine Estates, renaming it the Alba Coast Winery.

WX Brands acquires Jamieson Ranch Vineyards portfolio and the Bread & Butter Wines.

Terlato Wine Group acquires Klipsun Vineyards in Washington state.

William Grant & Sons takes full ownership of its longtime partner Tuthilltown Spirits.

Silver Oak owners acquire Ovid vineyard and winery in St. Helena's Pritchard Hill ($50 million).

Michael David Winery purchases Silver Oak Cellars' Geyserville property.

MAY

Portland-based Eastside Distilling buys a majority stake in fellow Oregon craft spirits maker Big Bottom Distilling.

Edrington re-acquires single malt whisky brand The Glenrothes from Berry Bros. & Rudd.

Trinchero Family Estates picks up Neyers Vineyards.

Jackson Family Wines adds Brewer-Clifton Winery to its portfolio.

JUNE

Pernod Ricard acquires majority stake in Del Maguey mezcal.

Vintage Wine Estates buys Firesteed winery and brand.

Constellation Brands acquires Schrader Cellars.

Diageo buys Casamigos for $1 billion - initially paying $700 million, with another $300 million tacked on when/if it meets performance goals over the next 10 years.

Bacardi takes minority stake in Teeling Irish whiskey.

JULY

Moet Hennessy acquires Washington-based Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Pernod Ricard sells Glenallachie business to BenRiach founder Bill Walker and associates.

Heaven Hill acquires Carolans and Irish Mist brands from Campari ($165 million).

AUGUST

Deutsch Family buys Masterson's and Bib & Tucker whiskey brands from 3 Badge Beverage.

Duckhorn Wine acquires Calera Wine Co.

E&J Gallo buys California's Germain-Robin brand.

SEPTEMBER

The owners of Silver Oak purchase Prince Hill Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

NOVEMBER

Luxco Brands sells Meier's Wine Cellars to Paul Lux, the president of Meier's.

LVMH purchases 60% of Napa Valley-based Colgin Cellars.

DECEMBER

Cuervo picks up Pendleton's from Hood River Distillers ($205 million).

Vintage Wine Estates with the last word of the year picks up Cherry Pie, Layer Cake and If You See Kay brands from Jayson Woodbridge.

If you notice any we missed, send 'em to emily@winespiritsdaily.com.

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