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Fiji Water acquires Justin Vineyards

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“We went out on top,” said Deborah Baldwin, speaking of the recent acquisition of the winery and vineyard she and her husband Justin have owned and operated since 1981.

The deal between Justin Vineyards & Winery and Roll International Corp., a $2 billion privately held corporation with interests in agriculture, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice and FIJI Water, was finalized on Friday.

The Baldwins, whose home is located on a portion of the vineyard’s 160 acres in west Paso Robles, will remain at that location and continue to work at the winery as employees of Roll International.

“We will remain on as founders and continue to oversee the business,” Justin Baldwin said. “This deal frees us up to spend more time with each other and our children.”

Terms of the acquisition were not released. Both companies are privately held.

John Cochran, president and CEO of Fiji Water, said “the Baldwins have taken responsibility for every part of the business from day one and we want to continue to work with them for as long as they would like, which we hope will be a long time.”

Justin Vineyards is one of the county’s oldest and most well-known wineries.

Fiji Water, a privately held bottled-water company based in Los Angeles, bottles water on Fiji Islands, and said it plans to maintain operations of Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles.

Fiji and its parent company, Roll International, said the combination of the winery's knowledge and Fiji's global sales force will allow both brands to grow.

Original story:

Fiji Water announced today that it has acquired Justin Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles.

The Tribune broke the news Saturday that a deal between the two was in the works.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Fiji Water, a privately held bottled-water company based in Los Angeles, bottles water on Fiji Islands, and said it plans to maintain operations of Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles.

Winery owners Justin and Deborah Baldwin will stay on with the business, which is known for its Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals.

Fiji and its parent company, Roll International Corp., said the combination of the winery's knowledge and Fiji's global sales force will allow both brands to grow.

Fiji Water closed and quickly reopened its operations in the South Pacific in November after meeting with local leaders and agreeing to a tax hike that it had protested.

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