Louis Glazer moves to Dallas, Texas with his wife Bessie and opens the Jumbo Bottling Company. They distribute flavored soda water from the back of horse-drawn wagons.
With the repeal of Prohibition, three of Louis Glazer’s sons Max, Fritz, and Nolan start Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors. The company is appointed Schlitz Beer distributor for Dallas, population 265,000.
Glazer’s opens in Shreveport and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Glazer’s opens in Arkansas.
Harvey Chaplin, one of the original founders of Southern Wine & Spirits, begins his career in the spirits industry working for Schenley Industries in Manhattan, a leading distilled spirits marketer and the American importer of Dewar's White Label Scotch.
Glazer’s opens in Arizona.
Bennett Glazer joins Glazer’s, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is established in Miami.
After just one year in business, Southern Wine & Spirits has a presence on both coasts with its expansion into California.
Southern gains statewide distribution for the first time in Florida.
Southern opens up operations in Nevada.
Southern Wine & Spirits becomes the first distributor to gain a statewide network in California.
Wayne Chaplin, Harvey’s son, joins Southern.
Southern experiences a period of rapid expansion, adding: Arizona 1992, South Carolina 1993, Pennsylvania 1995, Hawaii 1996, Kentucky 1998, New Mexico 2000, and Colorado 2001.
Southern ascends to become the largest U.S. wine and spirits wholesaler.
Harvey Chaplin becomes Chairman and CEO of Southern.
Glazer’s adds five states in five years: Missouri 1997, Indiana 1998, Iowa and Ohio 1999, and Kansas 2001.
Southern adds the key states of Illinois 2002 and New York 2004. Glazer’s adds Oklahoma 2003.
Glazer’s adds Mississippi.
Southern begins a five-year period of rapid growth, expanding its footprint to total 30 states: Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia 2005, Alabama 2006, Ohio 2007, Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming 2008, and Indiana, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. 2010. Southern also obtains operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas.
Southern enters Iowa and Michigan.
Glazer’s extends its footprint to Tennessee 2011, Alabama and the U.S. Virgin Islands 2012, and Canada 2013.
Southern deploys leading supply chain technologies, expanding Florida’s Lakeland facility to 1 MM sq. ft. They also establish the first regional distribution center in the wine and spirits industry in Tracy, California as well as a high-tech ASRS-enabled facility in Union City, California.
Wayne Chaplin is named President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern.
Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazer’s win national distribution rights to Bacardi in 44 U.S. markets, the District of Columbia and Canada, becoming the first nationally aligned supplier-wholesaler in the industry’s history.
Southern enters Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits is formed— creating the only comprehensive North American beverage distribution footprint. We 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.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits establishes its Youth Alcohol Awareness & Education Foundation, Inc., devoted to the prevention of underage drinking. The Foundation provides funding for programs that support underage drinking prevention in partnership with educational institutions and community-based organizations.
The owners of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits establish Great North Distributors, Inc., Canada’s first national sales broker for legalized adult-use cannabis. This same year, the Company also launches VolunCheers Online, an internal online platform that enables its employees to connect with each other online to easily organize volunteering and fundraising activities, benefitting local and national charitable organizations.
The Company launched Proof®, its industry-leading B2B eCommerce experience for its customers at shop.sgproof.com
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits announces several actions to promote racial equality, from philanthropic grants and community education programming, to internal workplace initiatives and programs to support Black- and minority-owned wine and spirits businesses. These initiatives are in addition to a $1 million agreement with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) – the pre-eminent national organization dedicated to promoting educational excellence among students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) – that initiated earlier the same year.