Deerfield, Illinois, October 1, 2014 – Beam Suntory Inc., one of the world’s leading spirits companies, today announced that it has completed the organizational integration of Suntory Holdings’ spirits businesses.
First, the Japan spirits business has been separated from Suntory’s beer business in Japan and has merged into Beam Suntory. Under the continuing leadership of Atsushi Windy Koizumi and his team, the Japan spirits business is now one of Beam Suntory’s four operating regions, alongside North America, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific/South America (APSA).
Second, Suntory’s international spirits operations are now part of the Beam Suntory family, with management reporting directly to Beam Suntory. The businesses integrated into Beam Suntory include Morrison Bowmore Distillers in Scotland, Mozart Distillerie in Austria, Louis Royer in France, Suntory Mexicana, Suntory (Aust) in Australia and Suntory Taiwan.
“Today is another important milestone in the creation of our new company,” said Matt Shattock, chairman and CEO of Beam Suntory. “By completing the organizational integration of Suntory’s spirits businesses, we are warmly welcoming more than 1,000 new team members to the Beam Suntory family, the world’s #3 premium spirits company. We are structurally one company as of today, which will enable us to put strong plans in place so that we hit the ground running in 2015. With this step complete, the Executive Leadership Team and I are tremendously excited by the opportunity to build a winning corporate culture, aligned behind a common vision and strategy, and underpinned by what has made each of our individual operations so great – the best people in the industry.”
The organizational integration comes just five months after completion of the acquisition of Beam Inc. by Suntory Holdings that created Beam Suntory. As previously announced, Beam Suntory’s global headquarters are located in Deerfield, Illinois.
About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur. The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.
Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.