Our Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) business comprises Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil (PUB), Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and West LAC (Central America and Caribbean, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia).
Route to market
We sell our products through a combination of our own subsidiary companies and third party distributors. In Brazil, sales are primarily made directly to international retailers and distributors. In addition to Diageo Brazil, Diageo owns 100% of Ypióca, a leading cachaça producer and distributor. In Uruguay, Diageo manages distribution both directly and through distributors. All products in Venezuela are sold through dedicated third party distributors. In Colombia we sell directly to major grocers, serving all other accounts and channels through distributors. In Mexico our brands are sold directly by Diageo, either through direct sales to international accounts or through wholesalers and distributors. In selected markets in West LAC, we sell directly to consumers, while in key markets, such as Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic we use exclusive distributors. In Jamaica and other countries within the Caribbean we have licensing agreements for the manufacture of Guinness. In Argentina, we have an exclusive agreement for the distribution of our portfolio and the production of local spirits.
The majority of brands sold in the region are manufactured in our International Supply Centre in Europe. However in recent years we have acquired a number of local manufacturers. This year we acquired the remaining 50% equity interest in Don Julio, giving full ownership of the brand and production facilities. In 2012 we acquired 100% of Ypióca in Brazil which produces cachaça and in 2011 we acquired a controlling interest in a company in Guatemala (Añejos de Altura) producing Zacapa.
Sustainability & Responsibility
In this region, we have built a name for ourselves as a company that is committed to the long term development of an industry that can bring economic and social value to society. Our responsible drinking programmes, such as Actuando Mejor in Mexico, and Drink Right in Jamaica, are making a tangible difference in reducing alcohol-related harm, and this year contributed to creating more than 240,000 responsible drinking ambassadors. Our flagship community re-investment programme, Learning for Life, is providing skills and training to over 100,000 people across the region. Some of our sites in Brazil are located in water-stressed areas, and we are developing environmental programmes, for example through our Ypióca business, which are helping ease the pressure on this shared resource.