Diageo has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Casamigos, a US super-premium tequila brand founded by Hollywood star George Clooney, for $1bn.

Tickets have been released for the sixth annual Distillers’ City Debate on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, London.

Diageo has published its list of top 50 bartenders for the Diageo Reserve World Class GB 2017 semi-final.

Bulleit, the Diageo-owned bourbon brand, has formally opened its new US$115m distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

The European Commission has published its long-awaited report on the exemption granted to alcohol products from certain mandatory labelling requirements.

Diageo has unveiled the fourth John Walker & Sons Private Collection expression.

Diageo has unveiled the fourth John Walker & Sons Private Collection expression.

Diageo has announced the launch of International Scotch Day, Friday February 10.

on 31 January, 2017

Diageo’s announcement that it is re-entering the booming Irish whiskey sector with a brand new brand, Roe & Co, caught most of us by surprise.

Diageo has announced that it is to launch a new premium Irish whiskey, to be called Roe & Co.

Diageo has said that the weak pound will not see immediate changes in its prices.

Diageo, organisers of the World Class Bartender of the Year competition, is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for a travel and drinks enthusiast to go on the ultimate cocktail adventure and host a new global travel show.

Georgie Bell joins Bacardi

26 September, 2016

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Georgie Bell as its global Malts ambassador for its single malt scotch whiskies.

Diageo has released a limited edition Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish as the first release from its experimental Blenders’ Batch series.

The David Beckham endorsed Haig Club single grain whisky brand has been expanded to include a new variant, Clubman.

Diageo has reported that net sales are down 3% but operating profit grew 1.6% for the year ended June 30, 2016.

Diageo has welcomed the release of the latest Producers’ Commitments report by the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.

Diageo’s Whiskey Union team is about to launch a third new whiskey – Huxley Rare Genus Whiskey.

Diageo has announced a five year partnership with WaterAid, an international NGO providing access to safe water and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to have new packaging which will display on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve.

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to have new packaging which will display on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information, per typical serve.

A rundown of the companies with the most million-case brands in the Millionaires' Club 2016.

Diageo and the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have formed a partnership to try and reduce traffic death and injuries globally.

Diageo has announced that Javier Ferrán will be appointed to the Diageo board as a non-executive director from July 22 and will be appointed chairman on 1 January 2017, on the retirement of Dr Franz Humer.

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) has announced the opening of the first The Singleton Sensorium in Travel Retail in Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport. 

The New Standard

16 March, 2016

Standard spirits sales are growing but small budgets mean its often up to the bottle to do the talking. Hamish Smith reports.

Diageo has announced 1.8% organic net sales growth, on 1.0% organic volume growth and 2.4% organic operating profit growth.

Diageo will invest £10m in Danish whisky brand Stauning through its Distill Ventures programme. 

The Johnnie Walker team has unveiled the 2016 edition of its John Walker & Sons Private Collection.

Diageo has announced that, together with Heineken and the Ohlthaver & List group of companies, they have completed the restructuring of their respective joint venture operations in South Africa and Namibia.

Diageo has opened its experimental Guinness Brewery to the public. 

Diageo has outlined its Scotch category growth strategy at its investor conference in New York.

Diageo is hoping to “re-imagine” Smirnoff as a true challenger rather than a tired leader by appealing to Millennials. 

Diageo has agreed the sale of its wine interests in Argentina to Grupo Peñaflor.

Diageo’s United Spirits has reported an increase in half-year and second-quarter sales. 

Diageo has unveiled three “exceptionally rare” single malt Scotch whiskies for Travel Retail.

Diageo has sold its major US wine interests, plus Percy Fox in the UK, to Treasury Wine Estates.

Diageo has launched its "largest ever” global marketing campaign for Johnnie Walker.

Diageo Ireland has announced that Oliver Loomes has been made country director.

Analysts at the Japanese bank, Nomura, are speculating on a merger between Diageo and South African-based global brewer, SABMiller.

Diageo wants China to contribute 5% of sales in the next 10 years, reports Bloomberg News.

Diageo’s Turkish operation Mey Icki is under investigation by Turkey’s antitrust authority, according to reports.

East African Breweries Ltd., the region’s largest brewer, said full-year profit surged 39% as revenue climbed on improved sales of its premium beers and spirits, reports Felix Njini of Bloomberg News.

on 30 July, 2015

Despite some gloomy reactions among city analysts to Diageo’s full year results to June 2015, chief executive Ivan Menezes was very upbeat at his briefing to journalists and city analysts in a top London restaurant today (July 30).

The world’s largest premium drinks company has announced a net sales increase of 5% for the year ended June 30.

Board changes at Diageo

29 July, 2015

Diageo has announced the appointment of Emma Walmsley as a non-executive director effective January 1, 2016. 

Diageo has announced that Diageo, Heineken NV and the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) group, the majority shareholder of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), have agreed to restructure their South African and Namibian joint ventures.

Diageo has announced the appointment of James Thompson as chief marketing and innovation Officer for North America, effective August 1.

Diageo has announced the sale of Gleneagles Hotel to a private investment group led by Ennismore for an undisclosed amount.

Deidre Mahlan to be appointed president, Diageo North America. Tom Looney is appointed president, open and control states; Tom Day is becomes president, Diageo-Guinness USA and Jeff Ivey takes on national accounts leadership.

Diageo and its subsidiary in India, United Spirits (USL), has announced phase II of the Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Programme in India.

There are unconfirmed rumours that a private equity firm is about to bid for Diageo, the world’s largest premium drinks company.

Diageo’s chief marketing officer, Syl Saller, has picked up the Marketing Society’s prestigious Marketing Leader of the Year award.

Tom Nichol, Diageo’s retiring master distiller for its Tanqueray gin brand, received a lifetime achievement award from the Gin Guild on Thursday evening at its annual dinner (May 29).

Diageo and DFS Group have opened the latest Johnnie Walker House retail showcase in Singapore Changi Terminal 3.

JB y Cia SA, the family-owned owner of Jose Cuervo tequila, plans to sell bonds to help pay for the acquisition of Northern Irish whiskey producer Bushmills, according to reports.

Diageo, the world’s largest premium drinks company, has announced its interim management statement for the nine months ended March 31, 2015.

Diageo has become the first multi-national alcohol company to provide consumers with nutrition and alcohol content information per typical serve.

Diageo has pledged to make capital investment to expand local production facilities across distilling, bottling and water treatment as well as increasing its agave farming capacity in Mexico, following the completion of its acquisition of Tequila Don Julio last week.

Diageo will unveil a “smart bottle” Johnnie Walker Blue Label prototype at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2-5.

Diageo has appointed a digital and e-commerce manager for Europe – a new role created to unify the company’s digital practices and develop a comprehensive digital presence.

Diageo is to partner with Google’s Business View to offer free 360˚ virtual tours of its facilities. 

Cachaça: In Full Flow

09 January, 2015

Brazil’s cachaça is carving out an identity for itself ahead of the 2016 Olympics, as Richard Woodard reports

The 2015 edition of the John Walker & Sons Private Collection was unveiled in London yesterday (December 9).

Flavoured spirits drinks are being released at a pace. But are they blurring the rules over whisky production, and are they just a passing fad? Dominic Roskrow reports

Laura Sharp, who was part of the project team behind Diageo’s £40 million Roseisle distillery, is one of three new directors to join the board of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Diageo has topped the Beverage sector of Management Today magazine’s annual Britain’s Most Admired Companies awards. 

Diageo and Sean 'Diddy' Combs have unveiled an expanded DeLeón Tequila portfolio.

Diageo has opted for total control of its tequila destiny rather than a fight for second place in Irish whiskey, according to Euromonitor International's Jeremy Cunnington.

Diageo’s global innovation programme – Diageo Technology Ventures – will be hosting a weekend ‘hackathon’ on November 8-9. 

Diageo has agreed the full global ownership and control of tequila Don Julio with Casa Cuervo in exchange for Bushmills. 

Yeni Raki, the leading Turkish aniseed brand brand, has unveiled what brand owner Diageo says is its most ambitious marketing campaign to date.

Football legend and global fashion icon, David Beckham, was in Cannes last Tuesday (October 28) for the the TFWA exhibition to promote Diageo’s new single grain scotch whisky, Haig Club.

Diageo has unveiled Guinness The 1759, the first release of the Guinness Signature Series. 

Diageo has announced the launch of its first TV advert for its single grain Scotch whisky Haig Club, directed by Guy Ritchie. 

Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff have once again earned a place on the Interbrand ranking of the top 100 most valuable global brands. 

Diageo has achieved Investors in Young People accreditation in recognition of its work with young people. 

Diageo has announced the worldwide launch of its single grain scotch whisky Haig Club. 

The Explorers Club has announced that it has come to a settlement with Diageo over the use of its name in regard to the global number one scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker.

Diageo and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs have announced the newest addition to its ultra premium Cîroc vodka flavour portfolio.

Diageo Global Travel has announced the opening of two Johnnie Walker House retail showcase stores in travel retail – one in Mumbai, India and another in Taipei, Taiwan.

Distill Ventures - set up with investment from Diageo – will give up to 10 new and growing spirits brands the opportunity to take part in its Seed Programme 2015.  

Charles Joly of The Aviary in Chicago is Diageo’s World Class Bartender of the Year.

Diageo has completed its tender offer for a further 26% share in United Spirits. 

Diageo has announced the appointment of Vickie Sheriff as global communications director. Sheriff will report to Charlotte Lambkin, global corporate relations director, and be responsible for external communications and employee engagement. She starts on September 1.

Diageo has opened a £1.5m archive for its major brands in Menstrie, Scotland. 

Hite-Jinro’s soju brand, Jinro, remains the world’s best-selling spirit, according to this year's Drinks International’s million-case brands survey.

on 30 May, 2014

Another one of those low key informal briefings this time revolving around the new Johnnie Walker expression: John Walker Private Collection 2014. As has become customary, held in London’s Soho, officiated over by Diageo’s head of whisky outreach, Nick Morgan and in the hot seat a jet and train-lagged master distiller, Jim Beveridge.

on 30 May, 2014

Diageo has announced its intention to invest an estimated US$115 million to build a 1.8m proof gallon (750,000 9-litre cases) distillery and six barrel storage warehouses in Shelby county, Kentucky.

Smirnoff retains its title as the largest selling vodka in the world in 2013, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2014.
  

Diageo has announced special cask strength bottlings of Lagavulin and Caol Ila for this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music.

The Philippines-based Alliance Global Group drinks group which owns the Emperador brand, has bought Whyte & Mackay US$726 million, including debt, according to unconfirmed reports.

Diageo has announced the appointment of Alan Stewart to its board as a non-executive director, effective September 1.

Diageo has announced flat sales for the nine months ended 31 March 2014 due to weakness in emerging market sales.

Diageo has announced that the Guinness brand is to become an ‘official partner of Aintree’ for the UK’s famous horse race, the Grand National.

Diageo's new chief executive Ivan Menezes, has announced a series of changes to his executive management committee

Diageo has been named Distiller of the Year 2014 by Whisky Magazine.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK’s chief finance minister, has frozen the controversial so-called alcohol duty accelerator on spirits and standard cider.

Diageo has announced that its president new businesses, Andrew Morgan, is to retire.

Bushmills Live, the music festival which is held at the Northern Ireland distillery on June 11 and 12, has secured The 1975 band as headliners.

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) and the World Duty Free Group have opened an “exclusive concept store” in the departures concourse of London Heathrow Terminal 4, for Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Selection, a major global marketing initiative that GTME says represents one of Diageo’s most significant investments in travel retail.

Wirtz Beverage Group, a distributor of wine, spirits and beer brands, has been named exclusive national broker for Diageo beer, wine, spirits and RTD brands in Canada.

Diageo has announced that it plans to invest an initial US$2 million to develop the Stitzel-Weller Visitor Center at the Louisville distillery.

Diageo Reserve has announced that its ‘World Class’ mixology competition will be held in the UK from 28 July to 1 August.

Diageo, the world’s largest premium spirits company and the largest producer of Scotch whisky, has launched an initiative to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whisk(e)y from around the world.

on 31 January, 2014

Playing the numbers game Diageo’s interim results for the six months to December 31 which were reported yesterday (January 30), make bleak reading.

Diageo has announced plans for a £30 million expansion of its Clynelish distillery in Sutherland.

Bell joins Diageo

18 December, 2013

Diageo has announced that Georgie Bell, currently global ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, will join Diageo next month (January) as a global brand ambassador, focusing on the promotion of its new range of Mortlach single malt scotch which will be launched next year (2014).

Diageo ups the Bulleit proof

11 December, 2013

Diageo has introduced Bulleit Rye and upped the strength of its Bulleit Bourbon in the UK and Germany.

Diageo bites the Bulleit

10 December, 2013

Diageo has announced the launch of Bulleit Bourbon at and the introduction of its new Bulleit Rye whiskey into the UK.

Diageo bites the Bulleit

10 December, 2013

Diageo has announced the launch of Bulleit Bourbon and the introduction of its new Bulleit Rye whiskey into the UK.

on 10 December, 2013

A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.

Pirassununga 51 was the world’s best selling cachaça in 2012, according to Drinks International’s The Millionaire’s Club 2013.

Diageo to release The Beast

02 December, 2013

Diageo has told the trade it will re-release Mortlach single malt scotch next year, a dram dubbed “The Beast of Dufftown”.

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East has announced the launch of White Horse Gold Edition 1890 to travel retail.

Diageo’s purchase of Indian drinks group United Spirits once again puts the spotlight on a true sleeping giant. Dominic Roskrow on a divided sector

Diageo has announced a new marketing campaign for its scotch whisky blend, Johnnie Walker, that will amount to a £7.2 million spend.

Western spirits companies that focus on growing margins to create value have been more successful than those that reduced prices in order to grow volumes, according to a report from Rabobank.

Diageo and the Irish Whiskey Company (IWC) have announced that they have entered into an agreement in principal concerning the future ownership of the Great Northern Brewery site, Dundalk. 

Cinnamon Smirnoff Gold

19 August, 2013

Diageo has introduced Smirnoff Gold – a blend of Smirnoff No.21 premium vodka with natural cinnamon flavouring, garnished with edible 23 carat gold leaf.

United Spirits board of directors has appointed former Diageo CEO, Paul Walsh, as an additional director of the company with immediate effect.

Diageo has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first accelerator programme, set up to encourage, nurture and mentor new and growing spirits brands.

Diageo has announced what it claims to be one of its most innovative products for a decade - Baileys Chocolat Luxe.

on 31 July, 2013

Listening to BBC Radio 4 this morning (July 31), I heard the voice of the new chief executive of Diageo. Ivan Menezes coped well with the busy, bustling questions from the Beeb’s city correspondent in the minute or so allotted to the interview.

Diageo has reported steady net sales growth of 5%, despite Asia Pacific's revenues slowing and Western Europe continuing to falter.

Diageo has received approval from the Chinese authorities to buy the remaining 47% stake in Sichuan Chengdu Shuijingfang Group Company Ltd. (SJF Holdco).

Diageo has announced that its corporate relations director is to leave the company.

Diageo, the world’s largest premium drinks company has launched a pan-European online campaign ‘Think How You Drink’ to remind young people that drinking to excess can lead to shame and embarrassment.

A bartender from Spain has won Diageo's global bartender competition World Class.

Diageo has announced that it has completed the acquisition of a further 14.98% stake in United Spirits Limited (USL), the leading spirits company in India.

Diageo new appointments

06 June, 2013

Diageo has announced that Andy Fennell, chief marketing officer, will become president COO, Africa, reporting to Nick Blazquez, president Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey.

Diageo’s group strategy director is to retire. Jim Grover will leave the executive committee on June 30 and the business on September 30.

Diageo will have a new leader at the helm within two months having announced Ivan Menezes will succeed Paul Walsh on July 1 this year.

The global Gin sector is low price, low growth and extremely uninteresting, according to a top City of London analyst.

Talisker adds new whisky

19 April, 2013

Diageo has launched its second new expression of Talisker whisky this year. Port Ruighe follows Storm, which was launched in March.

Diageo has launched Pimm’s Blackberry and Elderflower in the UK in time for the summer.

Diageo, has reported 5% organic and 6% reported net sales growth for the nine months to 31 March 31. Volume was up 1%.

Diageo has named Teaninich near Alness in the Highlands as the location for its plans to build a new £50 million malt whisky distillery.

Diageo has invested £1 million in a visitor centre at its Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye.

Diageo has unveiled a Smirnoff variant, Espresso Smirnoff.

Diageo to open gin palace

18 March, 2013

Diageo is to open a pop-up gin palace in London.

Diageo has announced that its global supply and procurement operation will be refocused to improve supplying its 21 key markets.

Diageo has released the second blend in the Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club range, which is a duty free exclusive.

Diageo has repackaged its cream liqueur brand Baileys in a bottle with a “greater sense of femininity”.

Two new WSET trustees

27 February, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced two new trustees - Mentzendorff managing director Andrew Hawes and Jonathan Driver who, after leaving Diageo in 2006, has become a global consultant.

Diageo has rolled out its line of Parrot Bay ‘freeze-and-squeeze’ cocktails to eight European countries.

Talisker whips up a Storm

20 February, 2013

Diageo is to launch Talisker Storm – a “more intense and smoky” expression with “vibrant maritime notes”.

Diageo Ireland has said the delivery of ten new giant brewing vessels “underscores” its commitment to the future of brewing at its Dublin brewery - St James’s Gate.

Diageo to expand its archive

01 February, 2013

Diageo has announced plans to invest £1.5 million in expanding the its global brand archive.

Paul Walsh has disputed there are bourbon and tequila gaps in Diageo’s portfolio and said the group’s priority is building existing brands, not acquisitions.

Diageo CEO Paul Walsh today said down-trading markets in southern Europe could have a positive effect on Diageo’s Scotch brands.

Diageo, the world’s largest premium alcoholic drinks company, has announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2012

Diageo World Class sets sail

28 January, 2013

Diageo is to host its 2013 World Class competition onboard a cruise ship.

Diageo has announced an agreement to buy a 50% interest in the company which owns United National Breweries’ traditional sorghum beer business inSouth Africa.

Diageo fires new Bulleit

24 January, 2013

Diageo has launched a 10 year old expression of Bulleit Bourbon in the US.

Diageo has announced shareholders of United Spirits Limited have approved the preferential allotment to Diageo, at a price of INR1440 per share, of new shares amounting to 10% of the post-issue enlarged share capital of USL.

Diageo cuts Cuervo ties

11 December, 2012

Diageo has terminated discussions with JB y Compania SA de CV and Lanceros SA de CV over the sale of Jose Cuervo tequila.

Diageo’s Captain Morgan reached the milestone of 10 million 9-litre case sales during the year ending November 30.

Diageo is to launch US$10 million strategy to "empower" two million women in 17 countries in Asia-Pacific by 2017.

Diageo and Suntory have held talks about bidding $10 billion for American drinks giant, Beam, according to reports in today’s Sunday Telegraph (December 9).

Diageo the world’s largest premium drinks company in the world, is to sponsor public transport in London and Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve.

Online wholesale business, Ooberstock, has signed up Diageo’s Guinness and C&C’s Magners cider to its portfolio of brands.

on 09 November, 2012

India has huge tax tariffs and a labyrinthine bureaucracy. At the moment most Indian whisky drinkers have to raise a second mortgage to get their hands on a decent bottle of scotch...

Diageo plc, United Breweries (Holdings) Limited and United Spirits Limited have announced agreements under which Diageo would acquire a 27.4% stake in USL, the leading spirits company in India.

Diageo has announced three changes to the executive committee, with immediate effect.

Pernod Ricard has announced that the lawsuit brought against the company, Diageo and Seagram in New York by a number of regional departments of Colombia, has been dismissed, without prejudice.

Diageo has not enquired about increasing its stake in Zacapa, the Guatemalan rum brand of which it owns a 50% share, Drinks International has been told.

Diageo has introduced a limited edition bottle of Bell’s to raise £1 million for Help The Heroes charity.

Diageo has announced that it has applied for planning permission to double the capacity of Glen Ord, a Highland malt whisky distillery near Inverness.

A series of actions designed to strengthen and expand existing efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, have been agreed by the world’s leading producers of beer, wine and spirits.

on 05 October, 2012

Last night Indian whisky producer, John Distilleries, unveiled its first single cask whisky in London recently.

Diageo is to launch a global marketing campaign for its Baileys cream liqueur. A television and print campaign is to appear in every continent, from October 7.

Diageo has announced a £7 million media campaign in the UK for Smirnoff its leading vodka brand.

Diageo today (October 1) launched a new Guinness advertising campaign, named Cloud, on Facebook ahead of its general release in the UK and Ireland.

Drinks giants Diageo and United Spirits have confirmed they are in talks over Diageo acquiring a stake in United Spirits.

Baileys Orange Truffle launches

19 September, 2012

Diageo has launched a limited edition flavour of its Baileys cream liqueur. Baileys Orange Truffle will be available in travel retail between October 2012 and January 2013.

Diageo releases rare scotches

04 September, 2012

Diageo has announced the release of some rare single malt scotch whiskies to be launched this autumn in the Special Releases series. All are at natural cask strength.

Diageo has announced that it is submiting pre-planning applications for three potential locations for a new malt whisky distillery.

The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau’s ruling that brands’ Facebook pages should be treated as advertising has been branded as “strange” by Diageo’s CEO.

Diageo has launched the John Walker & Sons Odyssey, a new Johnnie Walker blend which is being rolled out initially in the Asia Pacific region.

Diageo is looking to “get stronger” as a business by targeting women, the over 50s, emerging middle classes, and multicultural groups.

CEO of Diageo, Paul Walsh, has outlined the potential of the global baiijiu market and has stated that the company is ready for further acquisition in the category.   

Diageo has announced a 6% net sales growth and 9% increase in operating profit for the year ended June 30, 2012.

Diageo has unveiled a new Guinness TV advert in collaboration with Saatchi & Saatchi entitled Paint the Town Black.

Diageo, has launched Chinese white spirit brand, Shui Jing Fang, onto the UK domestic market.

Ivan Menezes has been appointed to the Diageo board as an executive director with effect from July 2.

Sales of Captain Morgan rum will one day catch up with Bacardi, according to Diageo.

Diageo has successfully closed its public offer to acquire an additional 10.62% stake in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Company (Halico) in Vietnam. 

US: Diageo has purchased Cabin Fever Maple Flavoured Whisky from the Robillard family. Diageo aims to capitalise on two growth trends in the US: flavoured whiskey and craft distilling.

Diageo is to invest over £1billion in scotch whisky production over the next five years to meet growing global demand for its brands.

Diageo Global Travel & Middle East (GTME) has reported that successful in-store promotions and product innovation have led to a strong start to 2012 in Asian duty-free.  

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, has announced that it has reached agreement with Ypióca Agroindustrial Limitada to buy cachaça brand, Ypióca, and certain production assets.

Diageo has apologised to Scottish brewer and bar operator BrewDog after it was stripped of an award at an industry event in Scotland.

Diageo has announced the completion of the mandatory tender offer for the outstanding shares in Chinese white spirits company, Sichuan Shuijingfang

Diageo has opened a US$5m Captain Morgan visitors’ centre as part of of its new distillery in the US Virgin Islands.

Diageo has appointed Thibaut Eissautier to the role of chief procurement officer. 

Diageo is to create a £30,000 whisky inspired by Formula One driver Jenson Button.

China: Diageo has been given the go-ahead to make an offer for the remaining shares of ShuiJingFang. The maximum offer stands at GBP630m.

Diageo GTME Americas has launched two new products under the Johnnie Walker brand. Johnnie Walker Platinum Label and Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve will launch in the Americas first, followed by a global roll-out in travel retail in the first half of 2012.

Diageo has appointed Ivan Menezes to the newly created role of chief operating officer. Menezes is currently president Diageo North America and chairman of Diageo Asia Pacific and Diageo Latin America & Caribbean.  He will take up the role on March 1, 2012.

Diageo has delivered 3% volume growth and 7% organic net sales increase for the six months ended December 31, 2011.

An especially crafted blend of rare malt and grain scotch whiskies, distilled in and maturing since 1952, is being bottled today to celebrate the Queen’s accession to the British throne 60 ago today.

Diageo has completed the acquisition of the Meta Abo Brewery in Ethiopia for US$225 million.

Diageo has opened a £10 million cooperage in Scotland.

Diageo subsidiary East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has opened a $55 million brewery in Moshi, Tanzania. 

The Wine and Spirit Trade Assoication (WSTA) has announced that Nick Hyde, managing director of Diageo Wines Europe, is its new chairman.

Smirnoff goes for Gold

26 September, 2011

Diageo has launched a cinnamon spiced vodka in travel retail.

on 20 September, 2011

I’ve got boobs. Thanks for noticing, drinks industry. I’ve got boobs therefore I need my own special drink. You’re right, drinks-makers, and thanks for the comforting pat on the head. Thank you for recognising that I am always on a diet; and lactose or wheat intolerant, depending on the weather; totally love all things pink – and yes, I am in fact from Venus...

Diageo has announced plans to step-up its multi-million dollar strategic partnership with social media website Facebook.

Diageo has announced the launch of Baileys Biscotti to the UK.

Diageo posts strong results

25 August, 2011

Diageo has cited ‘emerging markets’ as a reason for its positive results – including 16% growth in scotch whisky in emerging markets. 

Vietnam: Global drinks giant Diageo has closed a Public Offer to acquire an additional 5.07% stake in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Company (“Halico”) for approximately £6.4 million. 

Diageo has launched a global, multi-media marketing campaign for its Captain Morgan rum-based brand.

US: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has found Diageo to have made “hundreds of illicit payments” to foreign government officials in India, Thailand and South Korea.

Diageo has launched a £15m global campaign for its Tanqueray gin brand.

Foster's appoints CMO

14 July, 2011

Foster's Group has announced the appointment of Andy Gibson to the role of chief marketing officer. Andy is expected to start in the role on November 1.

Diageo has appointed a head of its Western Europe division. From September 1, John Kennedy is to become chief operating officer, Diageo Western Europe. Kennedy is currently managing director, Diageo Ireland.

Gallo buys Diageo winery

29 June, 2011

E & J Gallo Winery has announced an agreement to purchase Edna Valley Vineyard from Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Company and Paragon Vineyard Company, who held Edna Valley Vineyard as a joint venture.

Chinese regulators have approved Diageo’s acquisition of an additional 4% stake in Sichuan Chengdu Quanxing Group (Quanxing) from Chengdu Yingsheng Investment Holding Co (Yingsheng).

Scotland: Diageo is to invest £20 million in its Speyside whisky facilities.

Diageo has launched a Johnnie Walker campaign at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. The Step into the Circuit campaign is centred around the brand's Formula 1 sponsorship.

Global drinks giant Diageo has reached an agreement with Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala to take a 50% controlling stake in the Guatemalan Zacapa rum brand.

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME), is claiming the launch of Johnnie Walker Double Black as a travel retail exclusive a year ago, is a “game changer”.

Patrón Spirits has appointed Phil Gervasi, a former VP at Diageo, as executive vice president of sales for North America.

Diageo has announced the launch of super premium vodka Smirnov Titul to the Russian market.

Diageo has struck an agreement to acquire Turkey's "leading" spirits company, Mey Içki.

Diageo has announced a new global brand director for Guinness. Oliver Loomes has been appointed to the role, following Brian Duffy’s promotion to global category director for beer.

Diageo aims to cut its global carbon emissions by 50% by 2015, while Bacardi has published details of its environmental advancements.

Diageo has announced a host city for the final of its World Class 2011 bartender competition. Delhi, India, will play host to the final of what has been dubbed “the Oscars of the industry”.

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Diageo Gobal Travel Middle East (GTME) has announced three ‘key strategic leadership’ appointments to its senior executive management team.

Diageo Great Britain (Diageo GB) has agreed a final settlement with Intercontinental Brands (ICB) in their dispute over ICB’s Vodkat product. The settlement sees the end of litigation between the two companies that has been ongoing since 2008.

Diageo intends to grow Captain Morgan into a "global mega brand", according to Ed Pilkington, the group’s global category director for vodka, gin and rum.

Diageo has initiated discussions to take over 50% of Guatemalan rum brand Zacapa.

Diageo has launched a new expression of its Johnnie Walker scotch whisky in Delhi duty free. Johnnie Walker XR 21 year old is now available in T3, Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Diageo has launched its autumn Special Release Series, a collection of single malt scotch whiskies aimed at the world’s top bars and whisky connoisseurs.

East African Breweries Limited (EABL), a subsidiary of Diageo, has completed the acquisition of 51% of the issued share capital of Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL). EABL made the purchase from existing shareholders for a total consideration of approximately US$60.4million.

US: Diageo has launched a Swedish vodka in the US market.

Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh has been selected by the UK prime minister David Cameron to advise on business and economic issues.

Global drinks giant Diageo has opened the doors of its new £40 million distillery in Speyside, Scotland.

Diageo has launched a new flavour of its cream liqueur brand Baileys.

Diageo has announced the appointment of Lord Mervyn Davies of Abersoch to its board, effective September 1 2010. He is to be appointed as a non-executive director and his responsibilities will include membership of the audit, the nomination and the remuneration committees.

Diageo has signed up rock band Killers frontman Brandon Flowers to help celebrate Guinness’s Arthur’s Day.

As part of a previously-announced review of its wine operations, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines has announced that it has sold its Barton & Guestier Bordeaux business to French Wine concern Castel Freres SAS. The sale includes brands, inventory and land, including Chateau Magnol.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Diageo has announced the winner of its global bartender competition World Class. Erik Lorincz from the Connaught Bar at The Connaught, London, was crowned champion at a ceremony in Athens, Greece.

US: Diageo has launched two new flavours for its Smirnoff vodka brand – mango and peach.

Spain/Portugal/Italy: Diageo has launched two ready to serve cocktails. The J&B Manhattan is to sell for €9.99 (70cl) and will roll out across Spain’s off-trade this month.  J&B blended scotch whisky is mixed with cherry and cranberry flavours as well as citrus and the product has an ABV of 14.9%.

US: Diageo has launched a range of brightly coloured flavoured vodkas called Ursus. The products feature a label that changes from white to blue when chilled in a freezer.

Diageo has redesigned its Smirnoff 21 packaging. The new bottles have launched in the UK and will roll out across the world from August.

Diageo has unveiled a new ad campaign for its ultra premium vodka Cîroc.

Diageo has announced changes to its global marketing department following a review of its structure.

Consumers are returning to premium purchases, according to global drinks giant Diageo.

Diageo is to launch the third batch of its single malt collection whiskies – The Managers’ Choice.

Australia: Diageo has announced it will secure the marketing and distribution rights to tequila brand Jose Cuervo in Australia, officially effective April 1 2010.

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