Diageo Asia Pacific 

Diageo Asia Pacific

Our strategy in Asia Pacific, which encompasses both developed and emerging markets, is to operate across categories with participation in international spirits, local spirits and beer. Our strategy focuses on the highest growth categories and consumer opportunities, driving continued development of super and ultra premium scotch, and leveraging the emerging middle class opportunity through a combination of organic growth and selective acquisitions.

Our markets

Asia Pacific comprises South East Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Sri Lanka), Greater China (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau), India, Global Travel Asia and Middle East, Australia and North Asia (Korea and Japan).

Route to market

In South East Asia, spirits and beer are sold through a combination of Diageo companies, joint venture arrangements, and third-party distributors. Diageo manages a Singapore based key accounts business. In Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, joint venture arrangements are in place with Moët Hennessy, where administrative and distribution costs are shared. Diageo has wholly-owned subsidiaries in the Philippines and Vietnam. In Vietnam we also have a 45.56% equity stake in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Company. In Malaysia, Diageo’s own and third-party beers are brewed and distributed by a listed company, Guinness Anchor Berhad, in which we have an effective 25.5% equity interest. In Indonesia, Guinness is brewed by, and distributed through, third-party arrangements. In Greater China, a significant part of our spirits business is conducted through a joint venture arrangement with Moët Hennessy. We are also the sole distributor of Shui Jing Fang, a super premium Chinese white spirit, through our controlling 39.71% equity stake in a listed company. In India, we have our own distribution company for our international spirits brands and in 2014 we expanded our route to market through a sales promotion agreement with United Spirits Limited (USL), the leading spirits company in India. Diageo is now the largest shareholder in USL with a 54.78% equity interest. 26% of this equity interest was acquired on 2 July 2014. Diageo will fully consolidate the results of USL from 2 July 2014. In Australia, Diageo owns production, distillation and distribution companies and in New Zealand we operate through third-party distributors. In North Asia, we have our own distribution company in Korea, whilst in Japan, the majority of sales are through joint venture agreements with Moët Hennessy and Kirin. Airport shops and airline customers are serviced through a dedicated Diageo sales and marketing organisation. In the Middle East, we sell our products through third-party distributors. Johnnie Walker houses in Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul have been driving ultra premium scotch sales.

Supply operations

We have distilleries in Chengdu in China that produce Chinese white spirit and in Bundaberg, Australia for the production of rum.

Sustainability & Responsibility

Promoting responsible drinking is a particular focus for us as it is in many parts of the world. We run a number of programmes to address drink driving, to train bartenders and promotional staff on how to serve alcohol responsibly, and to raise awareness of alcohol and its effects. We also focus on empowering women through our Plan W programme, which aims to reach two million women by 2017. In Australia, which is home to our largest blending and packaging site in the region, we have developed some of our most innovative and award-winning sustainable manufacturing initiatives.