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June 28, 2013
05:57 EDTDEO, PDRDYDiageo takes on Missouri's 1930s wholesaler rules, WSJ reports
The "Missouri Liquor Wars," a fight between the world's biggest liquor makers and a family-owned wholesaler, could change the way spirits are sold in the U.S. and undo one of the last vestiges of the 1930s Prohibition, reports the Wall Street Journal..The issue is post-Prohibition-era regulations in about a 12 U.S. states that can lock in liquor producers with specific wholesalers, making it difficult to consolidate middlemen or change distributors. Diageo (DEO), Bacardi Ltd., Pernod Ricard (PDRDY) and their Washington lobby say thos laws artificially prop up local wholesalers and drive up distribution costs. They want the right to consolidate their wholesalers. Reference Link
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April 17, 2014
09:28 EDTDEODiageo reports organic net sales down 1.3% in Q3
Diageo said organic net sales declined 1.3%. Volume declined 2% in the nine months ended March 31 and 1% in the third quarter. As a result of recent developments in Venezuela, including the new currency exchange mechanism and the related reporting implications, Diageo has translated the groupís Venezuelan operations for the quarter and for the nine months at a rate of $1 = VEF49.81. Reported net sales were down 7.4% in the nine months due to the impact of adverse currency movements and the termination of the distribution agreement with Jose Cuervo. CEO Ivan Menezes said, "Our performance reflects the challenging environment we are operating in. Consumers in North America are most resilient, as are consumers of our reserve brands in most markets."
April 15, 2014
06:18 EDTDEODiageo launches tender offer for up to 26% of United Spirits Limited
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April 7, 2014
08:34 EDTDEOBrown-Forman eyeing Whyte & Mackay acquisition, Reuters reports
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