In 2009, we celebrated Frederick Wildman’s 75th birthday. Now we embark on a new decade and we look forward to our next 75 years! Although 2009 was a challenging year, the strength of our portfolio, the efforts of our associates and the support of our supplier and distributor partners not only allowed us to grow our company but, perhaps more important to the future, to renew our company. In 2009, within one company we created two divisions: a “national brands” division hosting the larger brands in our portfolio and a new “fine wine division” welcoming the estates and domaines from each of our suppliers. We felt this division was necessary to bring more focus to each of our brands and work more closely with each of our suppliers and distributors. And to our delight, with this change, it felt as if we had started a new company: new faces in our office and in the field, new generations among some of our suppliers, new appointments in our management team, new relationships with our distributors, new products, new vintages and many new customers. It was a wonderful feeling and made 2009 a special and very successful year.
Now we look forward to even greater success. We plan to strengthen the relationships we created last year within our company and with our distributors and customers. We will introduce new projects from splendid wine producers around the world. And, most important, we will introduce many new wines and from our partner suppliers and grow their exceptional brands. We are excited to start this new decade with you, associates, partners, suppliers, distributors and customers and, most important, friends all.
May the way forward be marked by good fortune and good health and bring us together often.