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Bright’s Wines Limited fonds, 1983-1989

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Show simple item record Goul, Jen 2010-11-04T16:31:14Z 2010-11-04T16:31:14Z 2010-11-04
dc.description One of the oldest wineries in Ontario, Bright’s Wines is now a part of Vincor International Inc. and still producing wines today. In the year 1874 Thomas G. Bright and Francis A. Shirriff came together in a partnership and formed a wine company in Toronto, Ontario. As the company began to prosper the gentlemen decided to move the location to Niagara, Ontario. Sixteen years later the Niagara Falls Wine Company opened on Dorchester Road. In 1911, Bright bought out all of Shirriff’s shares in the company and the name became the T. G. Bright and Co. Limited. A few years later in 1933 Harry C. Hatch bought the wine company from the Bright family and began changing how Bright’s operated through greater, more diverse wine production, as well as research and development. Bright’s leadership in wine research and development in Canada helped bring Canadian wines to their position of respect around the world. In 1934 Bright’s began a viticultural and vinicultural program, changing the way the Canadian wine industry worked. They put more money into research and development than any other winery in all of Canada. Soon, gold medals and “best of class” international designations were being awarded to Bright’s wines. As a result of their success, the founders soon discovered that they needed additional money to develop their business. So they borrowed money from a local bank and other lenders, or creditors, and used the funds to expand the business. Subsequent acquisition of other companies and consolidations in the wine industry led to the creation of Vincor International in 1993. Today, Vincor has established itself as a major participant in the North American super-premium wine market. By acquiring other companies, Vincor has fuelled growth in its sales from $114 million in 1995 to $654 million in 2005. The company’s success attracted the attention of its competitors. On September 27, 2005, Constellation Brands, Inc. announced its intention to buy Vincor and subsequently acquired the company in June 2006. en_US
dc.description.abstract The fonds contains materials relating to Bright’s Wines, from 1983-1989. The materials included are meeting minutes, annual reports, media releases and correspondence and some photographs, many of which are part of media releases. Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series. The series are arranged alphabetically. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries ;RG 75-14
dc.subject Ontario Editorial Bureau en_US
dc.subject Bright's Wines Limited en_US
dc.subject T. G. Bright & Co. Limited en_US
dc.subject Bright, Thomas G. en_US
dc.subject Shirriff, Francis A. en_US
dc.subject Carnochan, Janet en_US
dc.subject Vincor International Inc. en_US
dc.subject Niagara Falls Wine Company en_US
dc.subject Wine industry -- Marketing. en_US
dc.subject Wineries – Ontario – Niagara Falls en_US
dc.title Bright’s Wines Limited fonds, 1983-1989 en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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