The leading brand expands its product portfolio and launches a new complementary sales channel, adds an independent craft cider brand with a heritage of more than 25 years of growth and innovation.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada – November 15, 2021 – Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VWE) (TSX: VWE.U) (TSX: VWE.WT.U) (“VWE” or the “Company”), one of the world’s fastest growing wine producers. fastest in the United States with a leading direct-to-customer sales platform, today announced the acquisition of ACE Cider, The California Cider Company, which is scheduled to close on November 16, 2021. The The first family-owned cider company in the United States and one of the fastest growing artisanal cider brands in the country, ACE produces nearly 90,000 barrels of cider per year.
“This strategic acquisition adds a line of innovative products to our RTD (ready to drink) category and gives us access to an important new sales channel for distribution, through which we hope to be able to push many of our brands,” commented Pat. Roney, CEO of VWE. “ACE is a great addition to our wine portfolio and its products are distributed through the beer channel, which provides a new growth opportunity for all of our RTD products. Importantly, this provides another platform from which we can grow by executing our strategy of consolidating highly fragmented offerings where we can leverage our production and marketing expertise to gain market share, capture more. customers and increase volume.
President and Founder Jeffrey House and his family have been producing premium artisanal cider since 1993. ACE is located in Sebastopol, California, near the heart of Sonoma County, an area renowned for its wine making and premium apple orchards . ACE offers a diverse and balanced product portfolio with award-winning and fruity ciders, no artificial ingredients, fewer calories and significantly less sugar (no added sugar) than average hard cider, a compelling advancement for hard salt consumers. ACE Pineapple is the world’s original pineapple cider and the best-selling fruit flavored cider in the United States. ACE hard ciders are certified gluten free and vegan.
The transaction will add more than one million cases to VWE’s annual sales volume. ACE currently has annual sales of over $ 20 million and has achieved a double-digit compound annual growth rate over the past five years.
Hailing from England, which boasts a long-standing and vibrant hard cider culture, founders Jeffrey and Angela House had a vision to bring this culture to America and grow the American hard cider industry. Mr. House was established in the US beer and cider industry until the founding of ACE Cider in 1993 as the first cider house in California. Mr. House, sons Jason House, vice president of production and operations, and Simon House, vice president of sales and marketing, will continue their involvement with ACE.
Financial and legal advisers
Cowen acted as financial advisor to ACE and Farella Braun + Martel acted as legal advisor.
About ACE Cidre
ACE Cider was founded in 1993 by Jeffrey and Angela House in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, as California’s premier hard cider producer, to bring the hard cider culture of their homeland, England, to the American consumer. . Today, ACE is the leading independent brand of hard ciders in the United States with an award-winning portfolio of low-alcohol, no-sugar-added fruit hard ciders and a commitment to craftsmanship and the spirit of tradition. hard cider. https://acecider.com
About Vintage Wine Estates, Inc.
Vintage Wine Estates is a family of wineries and wines with a mission to produce the finest quality wines and provide incredible customer experiences with wineries in Napa, Sonoma, California’s Central Coast, California, United States of America. ‘Oregon and Washington State. Since its founding 20 years ago, the company has grown into the 15e largest wine producer in the United States selling over two million equivalent nine-liter cases per year. To consistently drive growth, the company organizes, creates, manages and markets its many brands and services to customers and end consumers through a balanced omnichannel strategy encompassing direct-to-consumer, wholesale and exclusive branding agreements with national retailers. Although VWE is diverse in terms of price and varietal with over 50 brands ranging from $ 10 to $ 150 at retail, its primary focus is on the fastest growing premium segment of the wine industry, the majority of brands selling in the $ 10 to $ 20 price range. The Company regularly publishes updates and additional information on www.vintagewineestates.com.
Conference call and webcast
The company is hosting a conference call and live webcast today at 4:45 p.m. ET / 1:45 p.m. PT, to review its fiscal 2022 first quarter results and the ACE Cider acquisition. The review will be accompanied by a slide presentation, which will be available on the Company’s website at https://ir.vintagewineestates.com/. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal discussion.
The conference call can be accessed by dialing 201-689-8562. The listen-only audio webcast can be monitored athttps://ir.vintagewineestates.com/. To listen to the archived call, dial 412-317-6671 and enter passcode 13724707. Phone replay will be available from 7:45 p.m. ET / 4:45 p.m. PT on the day of the call until Monday. November 22, 2022 Alternatively, an archived webcast of the call can be found on the Company’s website. In addition, a transcript of the call will be posted on the website as it becomes available.
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