The Prize? The Price? Constellation Brands' Proposed Merger with the Robert Mondavi Company

Armand Armand Gilinsky (Sonoma State University)
Raymond H. Lopez (Pace University)

The CASE Journal

ISSN: 1544-9106

Publication date: 1 May 2009


In October 2004, Mr. Richard Sands, CEO of Constellation Brands, evaluated the potential purchase of The Robert Mondavi Corporation. Sands felt that Mondavi's wine beverage products would fit into the Constellation portfolio of alcohol beverage brands, and the opportunity to purchase Mondavi for a highly favorable price was quite possible due to recent management turmoil at that company. However, should it be purchased, strategic and operational changes would be necessary in order to fully achieve Mondavi's potential value. In making a decision, students need to consider the attractiveness of the wine industry, its changing structure, its share of the overall market for beverages, and rival firms' strategies. As rival bidders may emerge for Mondavi's brands, Constellation must offer a price that demonstrates its serious intent to acquire Mondavi.


Armand Gilinsky, A. and Lopez, R.H. (2009), "The Prize? The Price? Constellation Brands' Proposed Merger with the Robert Mondavi Company", The CASE Journal, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 214-260.

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