Diageo Announces Winners of 10th Annual Golden Bar Awards

Sep 09, 2013, 11:55 ET from Diageo

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 - Spirits                    

Coastal Wine and Spirits of Indiana                    

Distributor of the Year - Wine                      

Reliable Churchill of Maryland


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 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


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 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 Launch - Spirits                            

Beverage Distributors Company of Colorado

Innovation Launch - Wine                             

Wirtz Beverage Illinois

Innovation Launch - Beer & PABs                 

United Distributing


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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