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Diageo Statement Regarding Smirnoff Raw Tea & The Michigan Liquor Control Commission Ban on Alcohol Energy Drinks

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo's Smirnoff Raw Tea was taken off the market more than a year ago for commercial reasons and should not have been included on the Michigan Liquor Control Commission's list of banned alcohol energy drinks. Further, in accordance with Diageo's strict marketing code, Diageo never marketed Smirnoff Raw Tea as an energy drink and does not market any other brands that way or make claims on any products implying energizing, stimulating or invigorating properties.

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, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading 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, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

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SOURCE Diageo

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