Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

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Major Brands sues Mast-Jgermeister

St. Louis-based beer, wine and spirits distributor Major Brands sued Mast-Jgermeister US and Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits on Tuesday alleging Jgermeister violated Missouri's franchise law by terminating its distribution agreement with the distributor without justifiable cause. Instead, Jgermeister planned to consolidate with Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits nationwide, according to the lawsuit.

Major Brands, with more than $400 million in annual revenue, has had the Jgermeister account for more than 40 years. Major Brands' chairman and CEO Sue McCollum said the spirit was the distributor's No. 1 cordial.

The suit alleges Southern Glazer's purposefully influenced the German-based Jgermeister to cut ties with Major Brands to consolidate with Southern, which is based in Miami.

A spokeperson for Southern Glazer's said it was premature to comment on the lawsuit, but confirmed the company had received the petition. Officials with Jgermeister were not immediately available for comment.

Major Brands is seeking $25,000 in damages from Jgermeister and Southern Glazer's, and to nullify their decision to reverse Jgermeister's decision to terminate its contract with Major Brands effective April 1.

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