New entity Wirtz Beverage Canada will feature dedicated sales team for Diageo brands
March 3, 2014
London-based Diageo has signed an agreement with Chicago-based distributor Wirtz Beverage Group, a division of Wirtz Corp., making it the exclusive national broker for Diageo’s beer, wine, spirits and ready-to-drink (RTD) brands in Canada.
First releases to include aged Barterhouse and Old Blowhard whiskeys
February 12, 2014
London-based Diageo plc announced the official start of its Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co. The Tullahoma, Tenn.-based venture aims to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world and share them with the growing base of whiskey aficionados in the United States, the company says.
Spirits-, beer-, wine-maker sees strong growth in super-, ultra-premium brands
January 30, 2014
Diageo plc, London, reported interim financial results for the six months ended Dec. 31, 2013. Following 2.2 percent growth in the first quarter, net sales grew 1.8 percent in the first half of the fiscal year, supported by 4.6 percent growth in North America, the company reports. Sales in emerging markets also were up 1.3 percent, but were negatively impacted by weakness in China and Nigeria, and sales in Western Europe were down 1 percent, continuing the improvement trend seen in the first quarter.
Premium brand joins Don Julio and DeLeón in tequila portfolio
January 27, 2014
Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo purchased super-premium tequila brand Peligroso from California-based Peligroso Spirits Co. LLC. This announcement comes three weeks after the company announced a joint venture with rap artist and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs to acquire the luxury tequila brand DeLeón.
Limited offering features balance of sweet fruits and creaminess with a light smoke, company says
October 22, 2013
Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo North America, a division of Diageo plc, announced the U.S. release of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve. Previously only available in select global markets, the limited offering introduces a new step in the Johnnie Walker flavor journey, and its special bottling provides an unexpected yet stunning profile for a Scotch whisky, the company says. A multi-layered whisky, Gold Label Reserve offers a smooth balance of sweet fruits and creaminess with a light smoke, it adds.