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Daily Archive: July 8, 2014

Interview, Part 1: Tom Looney, President, Diageo Guinness USA

Diageo Guinness USA (DGUSA) has a portfolio led by Smirnoff Ice, the biggest brand in the ready-to-drink (RTD) category, as well as Guinness, one of the world’s most iconic beer brands. DGUSA has experienced some rough sledding in recent years, due mainly to the vicissitudes of the RTD business. In the six months ended December 31, 2013, the unit’s net sales fell 10%, following a 6% sales decline in Diageo’s full fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. In April of last year, veteran Diageo executive Tom Looney became DGUSA’s new president, moving from his previous role as Diageo NA’s chief commercial officer. SND executive editor David Fleming met recently with Looney to discuss developments at DGUSA under his leadership. Continue reading →

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News Briefs for July 8, 2014

•William Grant & Sons’ Milagro Tequila has released the second edition of its ultra-premium Unico expression. Continue reading →

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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 8, 2014

•Chico, California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has partnered with a dozen craft brewers across the country to release a new limited-edition 12-pack. Continue reading →

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