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Diageo Announces Winners of 9th Annual Golden Bar Awards

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Diageo Announces Winners of 9th Annual Golden Bar Awards08:58 EDT Wednesday, October 17, 2012NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo, the world's leading beverage alcohol company, honored spirits, wine and beer distributors at the Ninth Annual Golden Bar Awards which took place at a number of awards events across the country. The Golden Bar Awards recognize excellence in sales, marketing and promoting responsible drinking.Larry Schwartz, President and CEO of Diageo North America, said, "The Golden Bar Awards recognize the best of the best in the industry. Our strong relationships with our distributors help to drive Diageo's success and we thank our distributors for their dedication and hard work demonstrated over the past year."The Golden Bar Awards, held for the first time 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 Golden Bar Awards recognize distributors and brokers for performance across Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Baileys, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray, Crown Royal, Ketel One, Guinness, Smithwick's, Red Stripe, Sterling Vineyards, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Rosenblum Cellars and Beaulieu Vineyard wines. Awards are also given for corporate citizenship, innovation and the grand prizes go to the distributors of the year for beer, wine and spirits. In total 29 statuettes, 27 made of 24 carat gold, and 2 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 2012 Golden Bar Awards.DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEARDistributor of the Year - SpiritsCoastal Wine & Spirits of Indiana           Distributor of the Year - WineGlazer's of LouisianaDistributor of the Year - BeerAlliance BeverageTRANSFORMATIONAL PRIORITY Multicultural Excellence AwardGlazer's of TexasOn Premise Excellence AwardAtlantic Wine & Spirits, a Division of Empire Merchants, LLC, Metro New YorkSPIRITSSpirits Excellence Award - SmirnoffCoastal Wine & Spirits of Indiana                       Spirits Excellence Award - Johnnie WalkerUnited Distributors of DelawareSpirits Excellence Award - BaileysAtlantic Wine & Spirits, a Division of Empire Merchants, LLC, Metro New YorkSpirits Excellence Award - Captain MorganCoastal Wine & Spirits of Indiana           Spirits Excellence Award - Jose CuervoWirtz Beverage of IllinoisSpirits Excellence Award - TanquerayGlazer's of MissouriSpirits Excellence Award - Crown RoyalNorth American Spirits and Wine Brokerage of Pennsylvania       Spirits Excellence Award - Ketel OneCoastal Wine & Spirits of FloridaSpirits Excellence Award - CirocReliable Churchill of MarylandControl State Excellence AwardNorth American Spirits and Wine Brokerage of OhioBEERBeer Excellence Award - GuinnessPeerless Beverage Co.Beer Excellence Award - Smithwick'sHarbor Southern California NetworkBeer Excellence Award - Red StripeWirtz Beverage of NevadaBeer Excellence Award - PABsFaust Distributing Co.3 Year Consistency AwardTown & Country Distributing WINEWines Excellence Award - Sterling VineyardsGlazer's of TexasWines Excellence Award - Beaulieu VineyardCoastal Wine & Spirits of Florida Wines Excellence Award - Chalone VineyardCoastal Wine & Spirits of FloridaWines Excellence Award - Acacia VineyardNorth American Spirits and Wine Brokerage of New HampshireWines Excellence Award - Rosenblum CellarsCapitol ? Husting Company of WisconsinControl State Excellence AwardNorth American Spirits and Wine Brokerage of New HampshireINNOVATIONInnovation Launch Award - SpiritsWirtz Beverage of IllinoisInnovation Launch Award - WinePinnacle Division of Beverage Distributors Company, ColoradoInnovation Launch Award - Beer & PABsYahnis DistributingSOCIAL RESPONSIBILITYAdvance Responsible Drinking - BeerRMC Distributing Co.Advance Responsible Drinking - Spirits & WineMajor Brands, Inc of MissouriAbout Diageo Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Windsor, Buchanan's and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray, Guinness, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards Wines.Diageo is a global company, with its products sold 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 For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit life, every day, everywhere.SOURCE DiageoFor further information: Zsoka McDonald, Diageo, +1-203-229-4730; or Rachel Rosenblatt, FTI, +1-212-850-5697