Diageo reports 18.4% half year sales growth

Diageo, purveyor of Johnnie Walker and Guinness, has announced half year results to 31 December 2022 with reported net sales of £9.4bn, increased 18.4%, reflecting strong organic net sales growth.

Diageo to acquire Don Papa Rum for €260m

Diageo has announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Don Papa Rum for an initial €260 million.

Defending 'nice' whisky writers

A response to the notion that 'without criticism there is only marketing', by DI editor Shay Waterworth.

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes awarded knighthood

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has received a knighthood in King Charles' first New Year’s Honours list, an appointment that allows him to use the title ‘sir’.

Distill Ventures’ Frank Lampen on the Diageo acquisition of Mr Black

In September, Diageo acquired Australian cold brew coffee liqueur brand Mr Black from accelerator programme, Distill Ventures. Drinks International caught up with Frank Lampen, chief executive and co-founder of Distill Ventures to talk about the purchase and what’s next for the programme.

Diageo training course supports Ukrainian refugees in accessing hospitality jobs

Diageo is celebrating the graduation of 14 students, including seven Ukrainian refugees, from its Learning for Life hospitality training programme.

Diageo World Class GB opens for entries

Diageo Reserve’s World Class bartender competition, now in its 14th year, has opened for entries in the UK. 

Diageo acquires Texas whisky distiller Balcones Distilling

Diageo has announced the acquisition of Balcones Distilling (‘Balcones’), a Texas craft distiller and one of the leading producers of American single malt whisky in the United States. 

Diageo acquires cold brew coffee liqueur Mr Black

Diageo has announced its acquisition of Mr Black, the Australian cold brew coffee liqueur. 

Diageo launches “Elusive Expressions” 2022 special releases whisky collection

Diageo has unveiled its Elusive Expressions special releases scotch whisky collection, hand-selected by master blender Dr Craig Wilson.

Adrián Michalčík wins world's best bartender at the Diageo World Class Global Bartender of the Year competition

Norwegian bartender, Adrián Michalčík, has been awarded the title of Diageo World Class Global Bartender of the Year, which saw bartenders from 50 countries take part.

Diageo sells Archers brand to De Kuyper Royal Distillers

Diageo has announced the sale of Archers, the Peach Schnapps brand, to De Kuyper Royal Distillers. 

Diageo announces preliminary results, year ended 30 June 2022

Diageo has announced its preliminary results for the year, ended 30 June 2022, with strong performance and investments into long-term growth.

Diageo announces partnership with the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum

Diageo has announced a two-year partnership with Queer Britain in London, the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum.

Diageo World Class heads to Sydney in 2022

Diageo World Class will host the 13th edition of its global finals in Sydney, Australia from 12-15 September this year.

Diageo acquires female-owned flavoured Tequila brand 21Seeds

Diageo has announced the acquisition of super-premium flavoured Tequila brand 21 Seeds.

Diageo sells Windsor to South Korean private equity consortium

Diageo has agreed the sale of its Windsor business to the Bayside Private Equity and Metis Private Equity consortium, Bayside/Metis, for KRW 200 billion (approximately £124 million).

Diageo India invests in premium gin producer Nao Spirits

United Spirits Limited (Diageo India) has announced an investment of INR 31.5 crores (US$ 4.1m) to acquire a strategic minority stake in Nao Spirits.

Diageo to build $245m Crown Royal distillery

Diageo has announced plans to build a new $245m distillery for its Crown Royal Canadian Whisky brand.

Diageo reports 15.8% first-half sales growth

Diageo reported that first-half net sales increased 15.8% to £8 billion as the on-trade rebounded and off-trade demand remained strong.

Diageo to build $75m whisky distillery in China

Diageo has revealed plans to build a US$75m malt whisky distillery in southwestern China.

Emma Walker to take over from legendary Jim Beveridge at Johnnie Walker

Dr Emma Walker will replace the legendary Dr Jim Beveridge as Johnnie Walker master blender at the end of the year.

Diageo to open R&D centre in Shanghai

Diageo has announced plans to build a new research and development centre in Shanghai to further its product innovation and development in China.

Diageo 2030 emissions targets validated by SBTi

Drinks giant Diageo have had their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets, to achieve net-zero direct emissions by 2030, approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as meeting the criteria for the 1.5oC pathway.

Diageo launches RTD brand in partnership with Australia’s Coral Nurture Program

Diageo Australia has announced the nationwide launch of Reeftip Drinks Co., a spiced rum RTD brand that will donate 10 per cent of profits towards regenerating the Great Barrier Reef.

Diageo launches campaign against impaired driving

Diageo North America has launched a campaign against impaired driving ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

Diageo acquires Mezcal Unión

Diageo has added Mezcal Unión to its Reserve range through the acquisition of Casa UM.

Diageo sees a strong future for direct-to-consumer sales

Diageo expects direct-to-consumer sales to grow rapidly and emerge as an important part of the business in the years ahead.

Diageo reports 16% organic net sales growth

Diageo has outperformed analysts’ expectations by reporting organic net sales growth of 16% for the year to June 30.

James Grant wins Diageo World Class 2021

James Grant from Canada has been crowned the 12th winner of Diageo World Class following a first ever virtual event for 2021.

Diageo reveals top three cocktail trends

Digital platforms that can predict your favourite cocktail, sustainable socialising and the rise of at-home mixologists will reshape the drinks industry, according to Diageo.

Analysis: Diageo's recovery mode in 2021

Diageo shareholders were toasting chief executive Ivan Menezes after he said they can expect to receive billions of pounds in share buybacks or special dividends. The Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker and Guinness producer announced that organic profit should grow by at least 14% in the year to 30 June.

Diageo North America announces Pronghorn, a diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiative

Diageo North America has announced Pronghorn, an economic initiative to drive diversity, equity, and inclusion in the spirits industry.

Diageo shares surge after announcing improved profit forecast

Diageo stock increased by 4% this morning after it announced an improved profit growth forecast for the 2021 fiscal year.

Diageo purchases Lone River Ranch Water producer

Diageo has maintained its acquisition drive by snapping up the firm that produces the Lone River Ranch Water hard seltzer brand.

Diageo completes Chase Distillery deal

Diageo has completed the acquisition of Herefordshire-based craft spirits firm Chase Distillery for an undisclosed fee.

Diageo launches Tanqueray 0.0%

Diageo has launched a 0.0% abv version of its Tanqueray gin brand in a bid to capitalise upon soaring demand for alcohol-free drinks.

Tanqueray launches Blackcurrant Royale variant

Tanqueray has kicked off a raft of innovation by launching a Blackcurrant Royale variant made with French blackcurrants, vanilla and black orchid.

Diageo tops up interim dividend after organic sales increase

Diageo managed to grow organic sales by 1% in the six months to December 31 despite suffering from restrictions on the on-trade and travel retail.

Brands Report 2021: Tequila

Diageo’s Don Julio has topped the bestselling tequila list for the sixth year in a row. The brand accounted for 15% of our bars’ first-choice tequilas and 18% of the top-three pours in the world’s best venues.

Brands Report 2021: Vodka

Vodka is the fourth most used spirit in the bars we poll. These days, bartenders want vodkas that can stand up to bold flavours (think the Espresso Martini) and against a wider trend towards flavour, the days of insipid neutral spirits are behind us.

Diageo rolls out advanced health warnings on key brands

Diageo is rolling out voluntary enhanced health warnings on bottles of Smirnoff, Gordon’s, Baileys and Captain Morgan as part of its broader responsible drinking campaign.

Diageo launches The Balance Challenge to promote responsible drinking

Diageo has launched an Instagram filter that encourages social media users to moderate alcohol consumption by switching to water instead.

Diageo pledges to be carbon neutral and improve ethnic diversity by 2030

Diageo has unveiled a 10-year action plan designed to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all direct operations and boost ethnic diversity in the leadership team.

Guinness forced to recall alcohol-free beer just two weeks after launch

Diageo has issued a product recall notice for Guinness 0.0 after revealing that a microbiological contamination may have left cans “unsafe to consume”.

Diageo shares climb after positive trading update

Diageo stock enjoyed its best session since March after chief executive Ivan Menezes issued a positive trading update ahead of the firm’s annual meeting.

Diageo World Class announces first three regional finalists

Three bartenders have surged through to the British regional final of Diageo’s World Class mixology competition after impressing judges with their portable cocktail creations.

Diageo to purchase Aviation Gin in $610m deal

Diageo will purchase Aviation Gin and several sister brands in a deal worth up to $610 million.

Diageo pledges $100m to help the global bar trade recover

Diageo has announced a $100 million support package to help the global bar trade get back on its feet as the coronavirus lockdown ends.

Diageo Australia launches $1.2m giveaway to help bar trade recover

Diageo Australia is giving away 130,000 free drinks to help bars across the country get back on their feet following the coronavirus lockdown.