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Dandurand Group Acquires Univins and Spirits

July 16, 2020

Montreal - The Dandurand Group announced today the acquisition of Montreal-based and nation-wide alcoholic beverages agency Univins and Spirits. Following this acquisition, both Dandurand and Univins will remain managed as two distinct entities and Daniel Richard will maintain his position as President of Univins and Spirits. Furthermore, we believe there is a position for every employee in our organization.

Dandurand Group is the largest Canadian family-run alcoholic beverages agency/importer in the country. With a heritage spanning over half a century and a deep respect for savoir-faire, the group is renowned for a carefully and strategically selected portfolio of producers from around the globe. Over the years, Dandurand Group’s dedicated and talented team of experts has taken pride in successfully tailoring its partners’ global strategies to the Canadian consumers.

The acquisition of Univins and Spirits showcases just that. Founded in 1990, Univins is a key-player in Canada, one that always aims at providing a bridge between tradition and modernity, excellence and innovation. The agency’s shared values with Dandurand Group made it a perfect fit.

After founding Dandurand in 1968, Founder & Chairman Philippe Dandurand is proud to see his company begin this new chapter: “By joining two leading entities that value product quality and humanity, we are able to accelerate growth while maintaining the level of authenticity and reliability that our clients have always recognized with us.”

Dandurand Group President, Hugues Gauthier, highlights the compatibility between both agencies: “We are very proud to associate ourselves with Univins. This acquisition was made in a spirit of evolution. Our goal is to provide an ever-increased level of excellence to the Canadian market. We look forward to leveraging the skills and expertise from each agency, all the while sustaining separate managements for both entities.”

A feeling shared by Daniel Richard, President and Founder of Univins and Spirits. “We are thrilled to join Dandurand Group. We have always shared a deep respect for our producers, customers and consumers, values that we have built Univins upon. It is therefore with a lot of trust and confidence that we move into this new era.”

About Dandurand Group

With over 240 employees and more than 50 years of experience, the Dandurand Group is the Largest Canadian family-run agency/importer in the alcoholic beverages and cannabis industry in the country. The group includes Dandurand, Univins and Spirits, GALLEON – the first Canadian luxury eCommerce specialized in fine wines - and Velvet Management, leader and pioneer in the cannabis industry. This vast and varied portfolio of strategically selected leading suppliers is what makes Dandurand Group the undisputed choice of Canadian alcoholic beverages and cannabis industry decision-makers.


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