Diageo outlines equality and sustainability targets

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions and increase representation across its leadership teams through the new Spirit of Progress action plan. The Society 2030: Spirit of Progress plan has been developed to “make a positive impact on the world” over the next 10 years and features targets covering sustainability, diversity and positive drinking. Ivan Menezes, chief executive, Diageo, said: “As a global business, we are committed to playing our…

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What’s on this weekend

The Ginposium Sessions from the second round of The Gin Guild’s 2020 Ginposium event are now available to watch online. The sessions, aimed at promoting innovation and providing inspiration from across the gin category, include a keynote address by Mark Meek, CEO of IWSR. Available to view at theginguild.com and ginposium.com, sessions include discussions covering the rising seltzer trend, the popularity of Indian gin and the art of blending.

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How new labelling rules could impact the spirits sector

As lawmakers decide the type of nutritional information that should be printed on spirits labels, The Spirits Business asks how the move will affect the industry. While consumers are used to reading nutritional information on the back of products such as soft drinks and sweet packets, information about carbohydrate content and calorific value is not yet commonplace on spirits labels. Under current European Union (EU) law, any product with an ABV of 1.2% or higher…

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Ten leading Black spirits industry executives

Spirits firms worldwide have pledged to increase diversity in their workplaces this year. Here, we celebrate the talents of 10 of the industry’s top Black executives. Spirits companies of all sizes have come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement this year and vowed to reassess their efforts to create inclusive workplaces. Earlier this year, the Black Bourbon Society launched a non-profit consultancy firm, called Diversity Distilled, to create more diversity and inclusion…

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United Spirits sales slide 29.7% in H1

Diageo-controlled United Spirits has reported a 29.7% sales decline for the first half of its 2021 fiscal year due to the impact of India’s nationwide lockdown. Reported net sales for the six months to 30 September 2020 fell to Rs 3,176 crore (US$429m), down from RS 4,515 crore (US$610m) during the same period last year. United Spirits’ ‘prestige and above’ segment declined 24.9% during the first half of the year, largely due to a ‘weak…

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