Diageo Latin America and Caribbean

In Latin America and Caribbean the strategic priority is continued leadership in scotch, while broadening the category range to include vodka, rum, liqueurs and local spirits. We are continuing to invest in routes to market and in the range and depth of our portfolio of leading brands. We are also enhancing our supply structure to enable the business to provide the emerging middle class and an increasing number of wealthy consumers with the premium brands they aspire to. In this region’s changing regulatory landscape, our presence is supported by our reputation as a trusted and respected business, based on our stance on responsible drinking, and community development programmes like Learning for Life.

Our markets

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, we own a 58% controlling interest in Desnoes & Geddes Limited, the Jamaican brewer of Red Stripe lager. In Argentina, we sell directly to major grocers, and other businesses are managed through a combination of wholesalers and distributors outside of major grocers, to whom we sell directly.

Supply operations

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. In addition, we have controlling interest in a brewery in Jamaica (Red Stripe), and the Navarro Correas winery in Mendoza, Argentina. We also partner with more than 12 brewers and over 20 co-pack partners to manufacture brands and package products under strict quality assurance protocols.

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.