Unite calls for Diageo to halt production in Scotland

Trade union Unite is urging Diageo to stop production at its bottling and distilling sites across Scotland amid concerns over the safety and stress levels of workers during the pandemic. Unite said it had written a letter to Diageo’s senior management team demanding the move following concerns over the safety of staff and “rising levels of stress and anxiety”. “Diageo workers are demanding that the company halt production at its plants across Scotland due to…

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Captain Morgan debuts Orange Vanilla Twist

Diageo-owned spiced rum brand Captain Morgan has released a limited edition orange and vanilla-flavoured variant in the US. Released ahead of the summer, Captain Morgan Orange Vanilla Twist is described as tasting like “nostalgic orange and vanilla swirl”. The expression is targeted at summertime gatherings and is bottled at 30% ABV. It is recommended served with Coke, ginger ale or blended with ice and orange juice to make a slushie. Captain Morgan Orange Vanilla Twist…

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Diageo president North America Deirdre Mahlan to retire

Deirdre Mahlan, Diageo president North America, will retire at the end of June and will be succeeded by Debra Crew. Mahlan joined the Johnnie Walker owner in 2001 after working at Seagram. She joined as part of the North America finance team before progressing to the role of chief financial officer of Diageo in 2010. In 2015, she was promoted to the position of president Diageo North America. Mahlan will retire on 30 June. Mahlan…

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Diageo CMO Syl Saller to depart

Diageo chief marketing officer (CMO) Syl Saller will step down after 20 years with the firm and will be succeeded by the current global category director for Scotch and managing director for Reserve, Cristina Diezhandino. Saller will depart Diageo to focus on leadership development, executive coaching and non-executive roles. Diezhandino will step into the position of chief marketing officer from 1 July 2020. Saller said: “Deciding to leave and embark on the next stage of…

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Diageo donates 2m litres of alcohol for hand sanitiser

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo has pledged to donate enough alcohol to create more than eight million bottles of hand sanitiser for frontline workers during the covid-19 outbreak. The world’s largest spirits producer will donate up to two million litres of alcohol to manufacturing partners to produce hand sanitiser for health care workers during the pandemic. Smirnoff maker Diageo will provide neutral grain spirit (NGS) for free to hand sanitiser producers in a number of countries…

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