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Interview: Diageo NA President Deirdre Mahlan And CMO James Thompson

Diageo North America posted a net sales increase of 2% to $3.1 billion in the six months through December, with operating profit rising 3% to $1.4 billion. While growth has been slightly behind the overall market lately, largely owing to the struggles of the vodka category, Diageo remains by far the leader of the spirits industry in the U.S. The retail value of its portfolio—at nearly $9 billion, according to Impact Databank—is roughly twice the size of its closest competitor, Bacardi. SND managing editor Daniel Marsteller recently interviewed Diageo North America president Deirdre Mahlan and CMO James Thompson at the company’s Norwalk, Connecticut headquarters on the state of the business and the road ahead. Continue reading →

Posted in News on March 13, 2018

Diageo Names Former Heineken CMO To Lead U.S. Beer Unit

Diageo North America has named Nuno Teles president of the Diageo Beer Company USA, effective March 1. Continue reading →

Posted in News on February 9, 2018

Diageo Launches “Whiskey 5” Retail Program In Bid To Demystify Category

Diageo North America is rolling out a new retail initiative intended to educate and guide newer consumers through its expansive whisk(e)y portfolio. Continue reading →

Posted in News on November 21, 2016

Interview: Mike Duggan, CEO Of Phillips Distilling Owner USDP

Mike Duggan came over from Diageo North America early last year to become CEO of Minneapolis-based United States Distilled Products Co. (USDP), including its subsidiary Phillips Distilling Co. Phillips had gone through five consecutive generations of Phillips family leadership, most recently with Dean Phillips, who remains chairman. Duggan has been given free rein to push the envelope in terms of new products and strategies, and to combat recent downward sales trends at Phillips. The company’s biggest brand, UV vodka, which rocketed to well over a million cases after launching in the early 2000s, has struggled lately, falling by 5.7% last year to 1.25 million cases. SND’s Lee Murphy recently interviewed Duggan at the Phillips headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.  Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 4, 2016

After Difficult First Half, Boston Beer Aiming To Stay Flat In 2016

After achieving solid volume growth in both 2014 and 2015, Boston Beer Co. is now striving to stay flat in 2016, following a first half in which the craft brewer’s depletions declined by 5%. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 22, 2016

News Briefs for May 27, 2016

•Diageo North America’s national accounts team is set to come under new leadership on June 1, as current senior vice president, national accounts, Brent Albertson has decided to leave the company. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 27, 2016

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