E. & J. Gallo Winery recognizes top performing supply partners


MODESTO, Calif. May 19, 2014 -- – E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) recognized some of its top performing supply partners during an awards dinner at its Supplier Summit held at the Gallo Center for the Arts on May 13th. The summit brought together the Gallo Winery leadership and more than 30 of Gallo's top strategic supply partners for two days of seminars and recognition.

Among Gallo's more than 5000 suppliers world-wide, three received a Supplier Excellence Award. Those companies were Pacific Southwest Container, Baer Enterprises, and Cargill, Inc. Pacific Southwest Container was recognized for a packaging innovation that led to successful positioning of a new product launch this year and for expanding their supply chain to provide better service. Baer Enterprises was commended for having the highest overall score on the 2013 Gallo Supplier Scorecard and for successfully managing several urgent promotional projects. Cargill, Inc. was recognized for embodying the Gallo Corporate Values of teamwork and partnership as well as their continued support of Gallo.

"I congratulate all of our award winners", said Rob Donoho, Vice President Global Sourcing. He added, "We are fortunate to have long-term relationships with many of our supply partners and, as a result, we are able to leverage these relationships to drive value through innovation, service, quality and cost advantages."

Company CEO Joe Gallo was the keynote speaker and addressed the audience on the need for Innovation with this year’s theme as "See the Future". In addition, a number of Gallo business leaders shared insights about the company's focus on innovation. According to Jennifer Joe Wiseman, Vice President Consumer and Product Insights, who discussed Gallo's recent launch of products that were driven by innovative ideas, "We consider innovation a team sport; innovation takes great ideas and great ideas come from anywhere."

About E. & J. Gallo Winery

Founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 in Modesto, California, E. & J. Gallo Winery is a family-owned winery with more than 7,000 global employees and is the acclaimed producer of award-winning wines and spirits featured in more than 110 countries around the globe. A pioneer in the art of grape growing, winemaking, sustainable practices, marketing and worldwide distribution, Gallo crafts and imports wines and spirits to suit a diverse range of tastes and occasions, from everyday offerings to boutique, luxury bottlings.

The Gallo portfolio is comprised of more than 100 unique brands, including Barefoot Cellars, Dark Horse, and Gallo Family Vineyards, as well as premium box wines The Naked Grape and Vin Vault. Premium offerings include Apothic, Carnivor, Chateau Souverain, Columbia Winery, Ecco Domani, Edna Valley Vineyard, J Vineyards & Winery, Louis M. Martini, MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Mirassou, Orin Swift, Talbott Vineyards, and William Hill Estate, along with highly acclaimed imports, such as Alamos, Brancaia, La Marca, Las Rocas, Martín Códax, Whitehaven, and LUX Wines, importers of Allegrini, Argiano, Jermann, Pieropan and Renato Ratti. Gallo Spirits currently offers New Amsterdam Vodka and Gin, Familia Camarena Tequila, RumHaven, Lo-Fi Aperitifs, E&J Brandy, Argonaut Brandy, Germain-Robin Brandy, Diplomático Rum, as well as imported Scotch whiskies from Whyte & Mackay, including The Dalmore, Jura and John Barr.

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