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Diageo Honors America's Leading Drinks Distributors with 11th Annual Golden Bar Awards

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, honored spirits, wine and beer distributors at the Eleventh Annual Golden Bar Awards which took place at a number of awards events and presentation ceremonies across the country. The Golden Bar Awards are presented for excellence in sales, marketing and promoting responsible drinking.

Larry Schwartz, President Diageo North America said, "Diageo works with the best distributors in the business, and the Golden Bars are a way for us to recognize the outstanding performance and hard work that helps to drive the business forward."

The Golden Bar Awards, held at multiple locations across the United States, celebrate distributors and brokers for their excellence in the marketplace and the important role they play in their communities.  The gold awards recognize distributors and brokers for performance across Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Baileys,  Captain Morgan, Tanqueray, Crown Royal, Ketel One, Ciroc, Sterling Vineyards, Beaulieau Vineyard, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Rosenblum Cellars, Guinness, Smithwick's, Red Stripe and PABs.  Gold awards are also given for innovation, consistency and quality.  The two platinum awards are given for advancing responsible drinking.  The grand prizes go to the distributors of the year.

In total 32 statuettes, 30 made of 24 carat gold, and two made of platinum, were awarded to distributors. Each Golden Bar statuette weighs eight pounds, stands more than a foot tall, and is produced by R.S. Owens, the company that created the Oscar®, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Below are the categories and winners for the 2014 Golden Bar Awards.

 

DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS


Distributor of the Year - Spirits  

Southern Wine and Spirits of Indiana                    

Distributor of the Year - Wine  

Ben Arnold Beverage Company of South Carolina

Distributor of the Year - Beer   

Glazer's of San Antonio



NATIONAL AWARDS


Multicultural Excellence - Spirits 

Glazer's of Texas

Three Year Consistency - Spirits and Wine

Coastal Wine and Spirits of Indiana

Three Year Consistency - DGUSA  

Glazer's Distributors in McAllen



SPIRITS AWARDS


Spirits Excellence - Smirnoff   

United Liquors, A Division of Martignetti Companies
 of Massachusetts                 

Spirits Excellence - Johnnie Walker  

Washington Wholesale

Spirits Excellence - Baileys

Horizon Wine and Spirits of Tennessee

Spirits Excellence - Captain Morgan 

Coastal Wine and Spirits of Florida         

Spirits Excellence - Tanqueray 

Pacific Wine and Spirits of California

Spirits Excellence - Crown Royal 

Coastal Wine and Spirits of Indiana

Spirits Excellence - Ketel One  

Johnson Brothers of Minnesota

Spirits Excellence - Ciroc  

Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada

Spirits Excellence - Reserve Brands  

Pacific Wine and Spirits of California



WINE AWARDS


Wines Excellence - Sterling Vineyards  

Alliance Beverage Company of Arizona

Wines Excellence - Beaulieu Vineyard  

Ben Arnold Beverage Company of South Carolina

Wines Excellence - Chalone Vineyard   

United Liquors, A Division of Martignetti Companies
 of Massachusetts

Wines Excellence - Acacia Vineyard  

Pacific Wine and Spirits of California

Wines Excellence - Rosenblum Cellars   

Alliance Beverage Company of Arizona



BROKER OF THE YEAR


Broker of the Year – Spirits  

North American Spirits and Wine Brokerage
 of New Hampshire

Broker of the Year – Wines  

North American Spirits and Wine Brokerage
 of New Hampshire



BEER AWARDS


Beer Excellence - Guinness  

Houston Distributing Company

Beer Excellence - Smithwick's  

Wirtz Beverage Nevada

Beer Excellence - Red Stripe 

I.H. Caffey Distributing Company

Beer Excellence - PABs 

Admiral Beverage Corporation

Quality Cup  

Wirtz Beverage Nevada



INNOVATION


Innovation Launch - Spirits   

Coastal Wine and Spirits of Florida

Innovation Launch - Wine   

Pacific Wine and Spirits of California

Innovation Launch - Beer & PABs   

Monarch Beverage Company



SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Advancing Responsible Drinking -
 Wine & Spirits  

Coastal Wine and Spirits of Kentucky

Advancing Responsible Drinking in Control States - 
 Wine and Spirits 

North American Spirits and Wine Brokerage
 of Michigan

 

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories.  These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan's, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com.  Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

 

SOURCE Diageo

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