Diageo Announces Winners of 10th Annual Golden Bar Awards

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, honored spirits, wine and beer distributors at the Tenth Annual Golden Bar Awards which took place at a number of awards events and presentation ceremonies across the country. The Golden Bar Awards are presented for excellence in sales, marketing and promoting responsible drinking.

Larry Schwartz, President and CEO of Diageo North America said, "The Golden Bar Awards recognize Diageo's distributors for their dedication and hard work over the past year and honor the best in the industry. Diageo's strong relationships with our distributors and our joint commitment to the business help drive the success of our companies."

The Golden Bar Awards, held at multiple locations across the United States, celebrate distributors and brokers for their excellence in the marketplace and the important role they play in their communities.  The gold awards recognize distributors and brokers for performance across Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Baileys,  Captain Morgan, Tanqueray, Crown Royal, Ketel One, Ciroc, Sterling Vineyards, Beaulieau Vineyard, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Rosenblum Cellars, Guinness, Smithwick's, Red Stripe and PABs.  Gold awards are also given for innovation, consistency and quality.  The three platinum awards are given for advancing responsible drinking.  The grand prizes go to the distributors of the year.

In total 32 statuettes, 29 made of 24 carat gold, and 3 made of platinum, were awarded to distributors. Each Golden Bar statuette weighs eight pounds, stands more than a foot tall, and is produced by R.S. Owens, the company that created the Oscar®, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Below are the categories and winners for the 2013 Golden Bar Awards.

DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS



Distributor of the Year - Spirits                    


Coastal Wine and Spirits of Indiana                    

Distributor of the Year - Wine                      


Reliable Churchill of Maryland




TRANSFORMATIONAL PRIORITY AWARDS



Multicultural Excellence - Spirits                 


Coastal Wine and Spirits of Florida

On Premise Excellence - Spirits                   


Wirtz Beverage Illinois

Three Year Consistency - Spirits and Wine            


Coastal Wine and Spirits of Indiana

Three Year Consistency - Beer                        


Paradise Beverages




SPIRITS AWARDS



Spirits Excellence - Smirnoff                        


United Liquors, A Division of Martignetti Companies of Massachusetts                       

Spirits Excellence - Johnnie Walker              


Atlantic Wine & Spirits, a Division of Empire Merchants, LLC, Metro New York

Spirits Excellence - Baileys                      


Standard Beverage of Kansas

Spirits Excellence - Captain Morgan               


Horizon Wine and Spirits of Tennessee   

Spirits Excellence - Tanqueray                       


North American Spirits and Wine Brokers of New Hampshire

Spirits Excellence - Crown Royal                  


Johnson Brothers of Minnesota

Spirits Excellence - Ketel One                      


Glazer's of Texas

Spirits Excellence - Ciroc                                


Pacific Wine and Spirits of California

Control State Excellence Award                    


North American Spirits and Wine Brokers of Ohio




WINE AWARDS



Wines Excellence - Sterling Vineyards              


Glazer's of Oklahoma

Wines Excellence - Beaulieu Vineyard              


Ben Arnold Beverage Company of South Carolina

Wines Excellence - Chalone Vineyard              


Tryon Distributing Company

Wines Excellence - Acacia Vineyard                     


Atlantic Wine & Spirits, a Division of Empire Merchants, LLC, Metro New York

Wines Excellence - Rosenblum Cellars              


Pacific Wine and Spirits of California

Control State Excellence Award                             


North American Spirits and Wine Brokers of Mississippi




BEER AWARDS



Beer Excellence - Guinness                                


Florida Distributing Company

Beer Excellence - Smithwick's                             


DET Distributing

Beer Excellence - Red Stripe                         


Alliance Beverage

Beer Excellence - PABs                             


Phoenix Beverage

Quality Cup                                            


C&C Distributing




INNOVATION



Innovation Launch - Spirits                            


Beverage Distributors Company of Colorado

Innovation Launch - Wine                             


Wirtz Beverage Illinois

Innovation Launch - Beer & PABs                 


United Distributing




SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY



Advancing Responsible Drinking - Wine & Spirits      


Reliable Churchill of Maryland

Advancing Responsible Drinking in Control States - Wine and Spirits


North American Spirits and Wine Brokerage of Michigan

Advancing Responsible Drinking - Beer             


Keg 1 Central Texas

 

About Diageo

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan's, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people and its brands, visit www.diageo.com. For Diageo's global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit www.DRINKiQ.com.

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