Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Celebrates 16 Years as Host of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Eat. Drink. Educate. February 22 – 26, 2017

MIAMI & DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#chefSouthern
Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
 (“Southern Glazer’s”) — the largest
North American wine and spirits distribution company — today announced
that it is celebrating its 16th consecutive year as the host
of the Food
Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival

(SOBEWFF®). The festival benefits the Chaplin School of Hospitality &
Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU) and to
date, has raised more than $24 million for the School. As the host,
alongside FIU, Southern Glazer’s is the exclusive provider of wine and
spirits for the star-studded, five-day gourmet gathering designed to
encourage people to eat, drink, and educate themselves about great food,
wine and spirits.


“While the Festival is best known for being one of the top food and wine
events in the U.S., it has been a non-profit from day one and has served
as an outstanding philanthropic outlet to increase awareness and raise
millions of dollars for FIU’s
Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine
& Spirits Beverage Management Center
,” said Wayne Chaplin, CEO
of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “We believe the Festival is the
perfect vehicle to help us reinforce our Company’s commitment to
hospitality education and develop future leaders in our industry.”

Over 1,000 FIU students volunteer each year to help produce the
festival, giving them a unique hands-on industry experience
participating alongside event management professionals, world-renowned
chefs, winemakers, spirits producers, and restauranteurs. Between
SOBEWFF® and its sister the Food
Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival
,
more than $33 million has been raised to benefit the respective
charities of each festival.

“As part of our commitment to giving back to our communities, we are
also once again working with the Miami
Rescue Mission
to rescue food from some of our signature evening
events at this year’s festival,” said Lee Brian Schrager, SVP of
Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Southern Glazer’s,
and Founder and Director of SOBEWFF® and its sister festival in New York
City. “Last year, these rescue efforts helped provide approximately
5,000 meals for formerly-homeless residents of the shelter and
currently-homeless guests invited in off the street every day for
sustenance.”

The festival features over 90 events for every taste and budget
including vibrant entertainment experiences, walk-around tastings, wine
seminars, and intimate dinners. It also features the Wine Spectator
Trade Day, an invitation-only event for Southern Glazer’s customers
offering insiders the opportunity to learn about new trends and products
in the beverage industry. For tickets and a full list of events visit sobewff.org
or call 877-762-3933.

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and
spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for
alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and
the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more
than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers
and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products
responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com.
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Contacts

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, LLC
Lee Brian Schrager, Office:
305-625-4171, ext. 1040, Mobile: 786-417-5164
Senior Vice
President, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility
leeschrager@sgws.com
or
Cindy
Haas, Office: 305-625-4171, ext. 1166, Mobile: 786-498-7640
Senior
Director, Public Relations
cynthia.haas@sgws.com
or
Priscilla
LiLavois, Office: 305-625-4171, ext. 1534, Mobile: 786-778-4187
Communications
Specialist
priscilla.lilavois@sgws.com