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Diageo plc is an alcoholic beverage company and one of the largest in the industry word wide.

Its portfolio includes best-selling and popular beer, vodka, whisky, tequila, bourbon, gin, rum and liqueur brands such Smirnoff, Baileys, Moët, Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan and numerous others. These are offered in more than 180 countries around the globe.

Diageo plc is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

The company has approximately 30 000 employees and is headquartered in London, England. It also has offices in 80 countries across six continents.


  • Diageo plc is created in 1997 when Grand Metropolitan and Guiness merge.

  • The company starts trading on the London Stock Exchange the same year. General Mills buys Pillsbury from Diageo in 2000.

  • The company’s Burger King restaurant chain is purchased in 2002 for a price of $ 1.5 billion.

  • In 2011 Diageo buys Mey Icki, a Turkish liquor company, for a price of $ 2.1 billion. A year later Ypioca is purchased for a price of £ 300 million, adding Brazil’s largest brand to Diageo’s portfolio.

  • Diageo sells Bushmills Irish Whiskey for a price of $ 408 million as well as ownership of the Don Julio tequila brand in 2014.

  • In 2016 Campari Group buys the liqueur brand, Grand Marnier, from Diageo.

  • The company sets plans in motion during 2017 to open a tourist attraction and brewery in Baltimore County. The same year Diageo buys actor George Clooney’s tequila brand, Casamigos, for $ 1 billion.

  • Several more brands are added to the company’s portfolio in the next few years.


  • Diageo plc values its customers, shareholders and employees.

  • The company’s vision is to be the best, most respected and value-adding consumer products company globally.

  • Diageo is committed to minimize its environmental impact in all its facilities and offices. In the past few years the company has managed to minimize its wastewater and carbon emissions, improve water efficiency, improve recyclability and increase recycled packaging content.

  • The company has received several awards and recognitions during the years.

  • In 2016 it is ranked 11th on the Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion Index out of more than 4 250 companies across the world.

  • In 2019 Diageo appears on the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index and it is named across nearly 60 industries as one of the most sustainable companies.


  • Diageo plc trades on the Financial Times Stock Exchange under the FTSE stock symbol “DGE”.

  • Data analysis for the company’s preliminary results for the year ending 30 June 2019 reports net sales of £ 12.9 billion, an increase of 5.8 percent.

  • Operating profit is £ 4.0 billion, an increase of 9.5 percent. Net cash from operating activities are £ 3.2 billion, a £ 164 million increase.

  • Free cash flow is £ 2.6 billion, an increase of £ 85 million. Basic eps of 130.7 pence, an increase of 7.4 percent.

  • Final dividends are 68.57 pence per share, a 5 percent increase.