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Diageo to Invest $400 Million in Mexican Operations

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Diageo to Invest $400 Million in Mexican Operations

Diageo to Invest $400 Million in Mexican Operations
March 12
11:37 2015

Diageo has re-affirmed its long-term commitment to Mexico by pledging additional future investment in its local operations following the recent completion of its acquisition of Tequila Don Julio.

In addition to increasing advertising and promotional spend to further build the Don Julio brand globally, Diageo has pledged to make capital investment to expand local production facilities across distilling, bottling and water treatment as well as increasing its agave farming capacity. It also plans to build a new heritage centre at Atotonilco, Jalisco. This planned activity, together with the acquisition costs of Tequila Don Julio, brings Diageo’s expected investment in Mexico to around US$400 million over five years, subject to the market continuing to perform in line with expectations.

Diageo estimates that the investment will also create around 200 direct jobs within Diageo Mexico and will generate a similar number of indirect roles in the initial three year period.

Ivan Menezes, chief executive, Diageo, comments: “Mexico is a country of enormous opportunity and will form an important part of Diageo’s future. This investment reaffirms our long-term commitment to Mexico and we look forward to playing a bigger role in the industry, investing in our people and communities and supporting wider economic development.”

Diageo announced its intention to acquire full global ownership and control of Tequila Don Julio in November 2014 and after receiving all required approvals, announced completion of the deal on 27 February 2015. The acquisition expands Diageo’s leading position in Mexico and broadens its participation in the fast-growing premium spirits sector. In Mexico, over half the population are already defined as middle class while the legal drinking age population is expected to increase to 64% in the next four years. This represents a significant opportunity within international spirits, which currently have relatively low penetration versus beer and local spirits.

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