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|Icon Fuels Growth in Western Canada with Acquisition of Free House Wine + Spirits
|October 1, 2014 (Vancouver, BC) – Icon Fine Wine & Spirits is pleased to announce the acquisition of Free House Wine + Spirits Ltd.. The deal brings together two of Western Canada's most dynamic boutique wine and spirits import companies and positions Icon as one of the country's top mid-sized agencies.
"I'm excited to bolster our ever-expanding presence in Western Canada by bringing Free House into the Icon Fine Wine & Spirits family," said Jay Garnett, CEO of Icon. "Our partnership with Free House is a natural progression of Icon's strategy to deepen its Western Canada roots and better seize the opportunities presented by a rapidly changing marketplace. Free House brings tremendous value with the addition of strong brands to our portfolio and an unmatched industry sales expertise."
By acquiring Free House, Icon's already expansive portfolio boosts to over 100 brands, including leading family owned labels from both old-world and new-world regions, as well as an array of artisan spirits and craft-brewed ales. All of Free House's labels, among which are Cline Cellars of Sonoma and Clos de Val of Napa (US), complement Icon's existing portfolio of wines, including Chateau de Sancerre (France), De Martino (Chile) and Johnny Q (Australia).
"By joining forces, Icon's expanded presence in Western Canada will strengthen our current supplier relationships and create opportunities for new suppliers to join the portfolio," said Ted Latimer, who originally founded Free House in 1994. "Unifying two complementary agencies into one stronger mid-size company enables us to deliver more premium products to more customers, at better service levels than ever before."
Latimer will assume the role of President of Icon and manage the front-of-house and sales operations. Garnett will continue in his role as Icon's CEO and oversee the back-of-house and strategic operations. Icon's staff will expand to 15 by welcoming the Free House sales team into its convertible tasting room-style office space in the heart of Vancouver's Yaletown district.
Icon Fine Wine & Spirits is a premium agency that markets the world's leading niche wines, spirits and craft beers across Western Canada. Noted for its exceptional and unique collection of family-owned and operated producers, unparalleled alcohol beverage brands and diverse portfolio of both old and new world wines, Icon also provides industry leading education, service and support to premium hotels, private wine stores, provincial liquor boards and beverage distribution outlets and the public. For more information on Icon and its brands, please visit iconwineandspirits.com.
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establishment in 1994 Free House Wine
& Spirits has strived to maintain
its initial goal on delivering to the
hospitality trade – and ultimately to
the consumer – the best quality products
at the most affordable price. The
passion for wine that prompted the
founding partners, Ted Latimer and Don
Bryant, to progress from retail to
wholesale distribution has remained
undiminished even as the Calgary-based
agency expanded to serve all of Canada.
Today the portfolio has grown in size
and diversity to include some of the
wine world’s most exclusive and