Belfast Telegraph

Diageo in good spirits marking 20th birthday

By Mark Edwards

Guinness owner Diageo, which employs more than 400 staff in Northern Ireland, has celebrated its 20th anniversary.

The company, which also produces Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, was created in December 1997 through the merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness.

Diageo now sells its products in 180 countries and has 30,400 employees around the world.

Diageo is headed up in Northern Ireland by Jorge Lopes. The drinks giant also employs in the region of 1,500 staff in the Republic.

Chief excutive Ivan Menezes said: "I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past 20 years, which is testament to the commitment of our talented employees past and present.

"Diageo is a young company created from the incredible entrepreneurial legacy of John Walker, Pierre Smirnoff, Charles Tanqueray, Arthur Guinness and many more - and this spirit continues today."

Belfast Telegraph

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