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Constellation Brands

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands began in 1945. At just 21 years old, founder Marvin Sands began selling wine in bulk with eight employees after purchasing Canadaigua Industries. In its first year, the company sold 200,000 gallons of wine and gross sales came in at $150,000. Just over 15 years later, the company grew sales to $8 million. In 1973, the company became the Canandaigua Wine Company, Inc. and went public on the New York Stock Exchange. By the year 2000, the company was known as Constellation Brands, and began its modern legacy as a provider of wine, beer, and spirits. In 2015, Constellation Ventures was founded to find small-scale/large-reward investment opportunities, and by 2018, Constellation was investing in companies like the Canopy Growth Corporation, a leading diversified cannabis company.

Constellation Brands is home to a myriad of iconic brands, from beer like Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico to wine like Kim Crawford, Cooper & Thief, and Ruffino. Its spirits brands include Svedka, Casa Noble, High West Distillery, Mi Campo, and Nelson’s Green Brier. The portfolio is a refined collection of the best and most beloved brands in alcoholic beverages.

One of Constellation’s most important branches is its strategic wine partnerships. These partnerships are meant to build lasting connections within the industry, creating collaborations that foster innovation. From these partnerships, quality products—both classic and brand new—can be offered to the consumer. Constellation offers services and facilities that allow wine brands to utilize state-of-the-art equipment to create high-end products. There are four locations—Soledad, Gonzales, Woodbridge, and Quarry—all offering premium services and equipment that make for a premium product.

The company knows it’s a serious responsibility as a leading alcoholic beverage company to promote safe and healthy drinking habits. Constellation Brands is a member of FAAR (Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility) and teams up with stakeholders and community members alike to promote conversations about safe drinking. From its humble beginnings as a wine company to its major successes as both a leading producer and investor, Constellation Brands is a powerhouse in the alcoholic beverage industry and continues to foster a tradition of excellence in business and beverages.

Constellation Brands

207 High Point Drive
Victor, NY 14564
Phone: (585) 678-7100

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Public
Chairman: Rob Sands
Vice Chairman: Richard Sands
CEO: Bill Newlands

Major Office Locations

Carnera, CA
Chicago, IL
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco, CA
Victor, NY (HQ)
Hong Kong
Mexico City
Surrey Hills