US-based Epic Wines & Spirits has reached an agreement to acquire Vehrs Distributing, a wholesaler of premium wine and craft spirits in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

Financial terms of the deal are yet to be divulged by either company.

Speaking of the development, Epic Wines & Spirits president Justin Sternberg said: “Recent industry consolidation has opened up a significant gap in the middle space for producers and distributors.

“We are committed to providing a focused, customer-centric solution with comprehensive coverage on the West Coast. Vehrs’ dedication to relationships, service, and execution, as well as their cultural alignment with Epic, makes them the ideal partner for our Pacific Northwest expansion.”

With this expansion, Epic Wines & Spirits has expanded its footprint Pacific Northwest and will now operate in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

In addition, the deal would enable Epic and Vehrs to offer full distribution coverage to producer partners across the entire West Coast.

As part of the deal, the current COO Shaun Dobbelaere and the Vehrs Management Team will continue to manage Vehrs’s day-to-day operations.

Additionally, the company will continue to function as an independent business entity in the Pacific Northwest under the Vehrs name.

Speaking of the partnership, Vehrs chairman and CEO Jonathan Ferraiuolo said: “Vehrs is a very strong, relationship-driven company that gives our suppliers a voice in the crowded marketplace.

“Strategically building our brands while expanding our company’s offerings and footprint is key to maintaining a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest; in addition, joining forces with Epic gives suppliers a full West Coast solution.

“We have been strategic partners with Epic for years, and we share a customer-focused value system and culture, so this expansion just made sense. It is our next step in growth. I’m excited and know that great things will come of this for both companies.”