Europe comprises Western Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe and Turkey. Western Europe is managed as a single market with country teams focusing on sales and customer marketing execution. It includes Great Britain, Ireland, Iberia, France, Germany and Diageo Guinness Continental Europe beer business. Eastern Europe includes Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Israel. On 1 July 2015, Russia became a standalone market while Eastern Europe was merged with Western Europe creating Diageo Europe. Turkey remained unchanged.
Route to market
In Great Britain we sell and market our products through Diageo GB (spirits, beer and ready to drink), Percy Fox & Co (wines) and Justerini & Brooks Retail (wines private clients). Products are distributed through independent wholesalers and directly to retailers. In the on trade, products are sold through major brewers, multiple retail groups and smaller regional independent brewers and wholesalers. In the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Diageo sells and distributes directly to the on trade and the off trade via a telesales operation. Across the remainder of Western Europe, we distribute our spirits brands primarily through our own distribution companies, except for France where products are sold through a joint venture arrangement with Moët Hennessy. Diageo Guinness Continental Europe distributes our beer brands in mainland Europe, focusing in Germany, Russia and France, our largest mainland European beer markets. In Russia and Poland we operate through wholly owned subsidiaries, while in other Eastern Europe countries we use third party distributors. In Turkey, we sell our products via the distribution network of Mey İçki, our wholly owned subsidiary. Mey İçki distributes both local brands (raki, other spirits and wine) and Diageo’s global spirits brands.
The International Supply Centre (ISC) comprises the supply operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy. The group owns 29 whisky distilleries in Scotland, a Dublin based beer brewery and maturing and packaging facilities in Scotland, England, Ireland and Italy. The ISC ships whisk(e)y, vodka, gin, rum, beer, wine, cream liqueurs, and other spirit-based drinks to over 180 countries. Through our £1 billion investment in Scotch whisky production and inventory, announced in 2012, distilling capacity has increased by over 25%. Raki, vodka and wine are produced in Turkey at a number of sites and Smirnov vodka is produced in Russia.
Sustainability & Responsibility
People today increasingly want to work for companies that they believe make a positive social and environmental, as well as economic, contribution. Our leadership in responsible drinking, through programmes and partnerships, and our contribution to the communities in which we operate, support our reputation and ability to attract and retain employees. Our responsible drinking programme, NOFAS, aims to tackle foetal alcohol syndrome by training midwives and health professionals - to date we have reached around 300,000 pregnant women in the UK. In the last few years, we have launched our Learning for Life community programme in a number of European countries, including a major investment in Scotland, as part of a five-year effort targeted towards young people.