Chicago, Illinois, June 27, 2017 – Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, has completed the relocation of its global headquarters from suburban Deerfield to downtown Chicago.
The company’s corporate functions moved into the new downtown space this week, following the relocation of its Americas region and global marketing personnel in December 2016. Beam Suntory’s headquarters now occupy 110,000 square feet on the 16th floor of the Merchandise Mart, an architectural landmark situated on the Chicago River in the dynamic River North neighborhood. More than 500 Beam Suntory employees now work at the new headquarters.
“The relocation of our global headquarters to downtown Chicago is invigorating and exciting for our team,” said Matt Shattock, chairman and chief executive officer of Beam Suntory. “We’ve moved into a bright, open and collaborative space that reflects our tremendous heritage and our future opportunities. Importantly, cities are driving the growth of our industry and tomorrow’s trends. This move puts our business squarely in the center of the action, closer to our customers and consumers in one of the world’s greatest cities.”
Beam Suntory has also reinforced its commitment to Chicago through its long-term partnership as the Official Spirits Partner of the World Champion Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.
“For five consecutive years, Chicago has been number one in corporate relocations," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Like so many other companies, Beam Suntory recognized Chicago's unparalleled talent pool and the critical investments we're making in our future; Chicago is quite simply the perfect place to base their company."
The newly refurbished, contemporary space was designed to reflect Beam Suntory’s long and proud heritage. It includes certain walls made from oak barrel staves, copper elements inspired by stills, a story wall marking historic company milestones, neighborhoods named for major company brands, as well as sit-or-stand desks and technology that allows employees to take their work anywhere. The entry to the office features Fred’s Rackhouse, a fully functioning bar named for Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe, which is used for brand education and company events.
The Merchandise Mart is one of Chicago’s premier international business locations for internet, advertising, technology, healthcare and media companies, and also remains the world’s largest wholesale design center. The Merchandise Mart became the world's largest LEED®-EB certified building in November 2007.
Chicago, Sept 7 – As a founding member of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), Beam Suntory today underscored significant progress towards the Beer, Wine & Spirits Producers’ Commitments to reduce alcohol misuse. Earlier today, IARD released its fourth annual, independently audited report.
On a global basis, IARD programs reached more than 100 million people in 2016 with educational messages combatting underage drinking, established campaigns to prevent drunk driving in 80% of markets where member companies are commercially active, and demonstrated that alcohol producers are effective partners in tackling alcohol misuse.
“As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory’s commitment to responsible consumption is fundamental to everything we do,” said Beam Suntory Chairman and CEO Matt Shattock. “We are proud of our global efforts to reduce alcohol misuse, we will continue supporting evidence-based programs that target the biggest problems, and we will continue to pursue approaches that engage multiple stakeholders so that we can most effectively achieve the goals that we share to reduce harmful drinking.”
DWI Courts Continue to Expand
Beam Suntory is a founding sponsor of the National Center for DWI Courts, a non-profit organization leading the expansion of DWI courts in the United States. Beam Suntory helps the group provide training and technical assistance to new and operational DWI courts, disseminate research and best practices and advocate for evidence-based interventions for impaired driving.
In 2016 alone, NCDC trained 80 courts, adding more than 500 practitioners trained in 21 states on evidence-based best practices to reduce recidivism in the most dangerous repeat DWI offenders. Since NCDC’s founding in 2007, DWI courts have expanded more than 52 percent to include more than 700 courts in 44 states.
Repeat offenders are responsible for the vast majority of fatal crashes on American roadways. DWI courts hold these offenders strictly accountable, with close supervision and connections to treatment services for underlying alcohol use or mental health disorders. DWI courts reduce recidivism by as much as 60 percent and DWI offenders who complete the program are as much as 19 times less likely to reoffend compared to offenders in the traditional system.
“As a result of Beam Suntory’s longstanding commitment to combatting the deadly effects of impaired driving, the DWI court model has seen explosive growth in the United States,” said Carson Fox, CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the parent organization to NCDC. “Our continued partnership has given us the resources to aggressively expand the DWI court model and connect more Americans with alcohol disorders to treatment, allowing them to become productive citizens and make our roads safer.”
DrinkWise Making Progress in Australia
Beam Suntory, industry peers and the Australian government support DrinkWise Australia, an independent, not-for-profit social aspects organization.
In 2016, DrinkWise forged an alliance with Uber, which coincided with the release of Uber data highlighting that access to safe and reliable rides has helped hundreds of thousands of people in Sydney make smarter choices when heading home after a night out. A recent study showed that drunk driving deaths are as much as 5.6% lower in cities where Uber and other ride sharing firms operate.
Drinkaware Gaining Awareness in the UK
Beam Suntory also partners with Drinkaware to change alcohol consumption patterns in the UK through education programs aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm, helping people make better choices and preventing underage consumption.
Drinkaware has received more than 5 million unique visitors on its website in 2017 to date, with more than 207,000 using its the DrinkCompare Calculator, and a further 70,000 app downloads.
Minors Not a Single Drop Reaching Youth in Spain
Relaunched in 2016 in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the “Minors not a Single Drop” campaign is working to raise awareness about the risks of underage drinking, delay the onset of alcohol consumption, and help parents set clear rules against underage drinking.
Last year, “Minors Not a Single Drop” engaged 974,000 people through Town Halls, including 16,000 minors.
Beam Suntory Enhances Drink Smart Program
These and other programs complement Beam Suntory’s proprietary Drink Smart program that promotes responsible choices about alcohol. In 2016, Beam Suntory re-launched its DrinkSmart.com website, available in seven languages, providing tools to help consumers make smart choices. Later this year, DrinkSmart.com will be enhanced to include alcohol content and nutrition information for Beam Suntory products.
NEW YORK, NY (11th September 2017) – Global consumer products company Suntory Holdings today committed $1 million to support the American Red Cross in recovery efforts in communities that have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
In addition to Suntory’s $1 million donation to the Red Cross, Beam Suntory – a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings – has also contributed more than $100,000 to support employee assistance funds established by its largest distributor partners, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the Republic National Distributing Company, as well as the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Beam Suntory is also matching the hurricane relief donations of its U.S. employees. Another Suntory Holdings company, Pepsi Bottling Ventures has made a monetary donation to the American Red Cross and will also be providing access to water and other supplies.
“Suntory’s vision of Growing for Good is built on core values that include giving back to society. It is in that spirit that we want to support relief and recovery for those impacted by these devastating hurricanes,” said president and CEO Takeshi Niinami. “Our thoughts are with the families, communities and our partners impacted by these massive storms.”
Suntory’s business in the United States includes Chicago-based Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, and North Carolina-based Pepsi Bottling Ventures, the largest privately-held bottler for Pepsi-Cola products in North America. Beam Suntory’s operations include the Cruzan Rum distillery in the U.S Virgin Islands, which were in the path of Hurricane Irma.
Suntory Holdings, based in Japan, has consistently been recognized as one of Japan’s most admired leaders in corporate social responsibility.
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Tokyo – September 20, 2017 -- Employees of the Suntory Group will be getting something extra in return for their exercise this October – donations to charities of their choice!
The Suntory Group promotes health management with the view that the source of its competitiveness as a company lies in its employees’ health and wellbeing. To accelerate global health management, the company is organizing “One Suntory Walk” for all employees globally. This program will enable the participants to raise health awareness as a team and cultivate a fit lifestyle while competing for the most number of steps walked in a month.
Based on Suntory Group’s Sustainable Water Philosophy*, Suntory Holdings Limited, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited and Beam Suntory Inc. selected three charities focused on water and nature for this program. Participants can select the charity they would like to support with their exercise, and Suntory will award these charities based on the total number of steps walked. The donation amount to each of the three charities will depend on the average number of steps the employees who chose them walked during October. The total donation amount is $200,000 (about \21.8 million)*.
(1) charity: water (US)
Overview: A non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries
Area of operation: Africa, Asia, Central and South America
(2) The Nature Conservancy (US)
Overview: A non-profit organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people
Area of operation: North America, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia
(3) Organizations Managing National Parks Specified by the Ministry of the Environment (Japan)
Overview: Organizations which, based on the law, manage national parks specified by the Minister of the Environment as natural environments representative of Japan
Area of operation: National parks in Japan
For first ranking charity $80,000 USD (about \8.7 million)
For second ranking charity $70,000 USD (about \7.6 million)
For third ranking charity $50,000 USD (about \5.5 million)
Total amount $200,000 USD (about \21.8million)
Suntory’s Health Management
Suntory Group has been promoting health management since 2016. In Japan, we have started “Suntory Health-Ma Challenge”, which includes health camps, seminars, health mileage* and other programs, to ensure proactive and continuous health promotion, with the objective of improving the lifestyle of each employee.
Moreover, in fall 2016, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited developed and introduced the “Suntory GREEN+”* points service linked to vending machines and smartphone applications, to support the company’s health management. A first in the vending machine industry, this service has been receiving a lot of appreciation.
Suntory’s Environmental Management
The company’s environmental management is driven by its corporate mission of “To create Harmony with People and Nature” and corporate tagline of “Follow Your Nature.” We undertake various activities in Japan, such as forest preservation in “Natural Water Sanctuaries,” reduction in the weight of containers and packaging, and Suntory Mizuiku – education program for nature and water. We have also been contributing forest conservation activities at the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Kentucky and Suntory Mizuiku – education program at Vietnam.
*1 The company’s basic philosophy for all water related activities. Formulated in January 2017.
*2 $1 = \109
*3 A system that allows employees to accumulate points on a portal site for their endeavors toward health promotion (radio exercise or walking) and working style reform (obtaining paid leaves etc.). The accumulated points can be redeemed for prizes.
*4 A point service for vending machines available in our offices. Employees receive points when they buy from the vending machines or walk. They can accumulate these points and exchange them for FOSHU beverages.
TOKYO, JP (27th September 2017) - Global consumer products company Suntory Holdings today committed $200,000 USD to the Mexican Red Cross in support of recovery efforts in communities that have been impacted by the recent earthquake.
“Suntory is grounded in the philosophy of giving back and supporting our communities in times of need,” said president and CEO Tak Niinami. “We are inspired by the show of support by the global community and we are committed to those affected by the Mexican earthquake as they begin the long process of recovery and rebuilding.”
This commitment follows Suntory’s $1 million donation to the American Red Cross to aid communities and business partners affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Together, Suntory Holdings and Suntory companies Beam Suntory and Pepsi Bottling Ventures have contributed more than $1.8 million for disaster relief in the past month.
Suntory has operated in Mexico since 1962 - first in spirits, then followed by the opening of the original Restaurant Suntory location to bring traditional Japanese cuisine and culture to Mexico. Today, Restaurant Suntory counts seven locations across Mexico.
Mexico is an integral part of Suntory’s business through the restaurant industry and its Beam Suntory unit, the world’s second largest tequila producer with brands including Sauza, Hornitos, Tres Generaciones and El Tesoro. Across the restaurant and tequila businesses, Suntory employs nearly 1,000 team members in Mexico.
Suntory Holdings, based in Japan, has consistently been recognized as one of Japan's most admired leaders in corporate social responsibility.
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In 1795, a farmer and grain mill operator named Jacob Beam produced the first barrel of whiskey that would become Jim Beam®, the world’s #1 selling bourbon. Suntory was founded in 1899 by Shinjiro Torii, who created the first whisky to suit Japanese palates.
Chicago, Ill. (November 13, 2018) – Cruzan® Rum, producer of some of the world’s finest aged rums, is proud to announce the launch of Cruzan® Hurricane Proof™ Rum as the newest addition to the brand’s portfolio. Bottled at 137 proof in acknowledgement of the wind speeds of the category 5 hurricane that swept through the brand’s home island of St. Croix last year, Cruzan Hurricane Proof offers a clean and smooth flavor profile due to the low levels of fusel oils with which this rum is crafted. As part of Cruzan’s dedication to contributing to the Island Spirit Fund, of which Cruzan is a founding sponsor, Cruzan will donate $1 to the Fund for each case of this rum sold, meaning every bottle purchased will provide aid and support to communities adversely impacted by hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and across the United States.
“We’re proud to introduce Cruzan Hurricane Proof just in time for the giving season as a way to drink well and give back,” said Gary Nelthropp, Cruzan Rum’s Master Distiller. “We’ve named our newest expression as a nod to the resilience of our community in the wake of last year’s devastating storms. We look forward to continuing to support the Island Spirit Fund and the important work it makes possible into 2019 and beyond.”
Created in the aftermath of the destruction caused last year by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the Island Spirit Fund supports short-and long-term disaster relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands and across the United States, helping rebuild and reinvigorate communities impacted by storms of all kinds. To-date, the Fund has raised nearly $1 million through individual donations, Cruzan’s case matching program, and the generous case-matching donation commitments from several distributor partners.
Cruzan Hurricane Proof’s clean and smooth flavor makes it the perfect gift for any rum lover this holiday season, as the rum makes a welcome addition to any classic rum cocktail or frozen beverage, or in the brand’s signature cocktail, the Cruzan Hurricane Hot Toddy.
Cruzan® Hurricane Hot Toddy
• 1 ½ parts Cruzan® Dark Rum
• ½ part Cruzan® Hurricane Proof™ Rum
• ½ part lemon juice
• ½ part cane syrup
• 1 dash Angostura bitters
• Hot water
• Prepare a mug by rinsing it with boiling water and pouring the water out.
• Add the cane syrup and hot water and stir until dissolved.
• Add remaining ingredients and more hot water and stir gently to combine.
Cruzan Rum fans will recognize the high-quality craftsmanship they’ve come to expect of the brand reflected in this new spirit. Alongside every Cruzan Rum expression, Cruzan Hurricane Proof Rum joins the ranks as one of the cleanest-tasting rums in the industry.
Cruzan Hurricane Proof Rum is now available nationwide with a Suggested Retail Price of $19.99 for a 750ml bottle.
In 2019, Cruzan Rum will continue to support the Island Spirit Fund through the brand’s case-matching donation program and will also continue to absorb the cost of all transactional fees associated with all donations to the Island Spirit Fund, so that 100 percent of donors’ generosity goes directly to communities in need. In the wake of additional needs on the U.S. mainland after this year’s Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Cruzan will also set aside a portion of donations through the Island Spirit Fund to be allocated to relief organizations mobilizing ahead of future inbound storms, in order to offer immediate relief and aid once these storms have passed.
For more information about Cruzan Hurricane Proof Rum and the Island Spirit Fund, please visit www.islandspiritfund.org or CruzanRum.com, or engage with us on social media via www.facebook.com/CruzanRum or Instagram @CruzanRum.
Please consume Cruzan Hurricane Proof responsibly.
September 18, 2018 - Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of Bowmore® 19yo, a new expression available exclusively on Amazon.com from the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouse, the famous No.1 Vaults.
This limited edition has been aged for the full 19 years in first-fill ex-Chateau Lagrange French oak barriques and is the first time this age and cask maturation have been released to the public. This limited expression showcases the unique time savoured craftmanship that has made Bowmore® one of the most sought-after and collectible single malts in the world.
The new expression offers aromas of candied apple, honey and Bowmore®’s signature light peat smoke, developing into rich toffee, wild honey and exotic spices on the palate. Balanced with a finish of summer fruits and warm peat smoke, this carefully crafted single-malt is best savoured neat or over ice.
Bowmore® 19yo is available in limited quantities and is a rich reward for those that appreciate the value of time. Nestled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, time passes slowly in the Bowmore®’s maturation warehouse, the No.1 vaults, meticulously transforming single malt whisky into Bowmore®’s perfectly balanced expressions. Steeped in a heritage of over 230 years, it is the oldest maturation warehouse in the world and the birthplace of some of the world’s most coveted single malts.
Consumer press release October 2018
David Turner, Bowmore® Distillery Manager, comments: “This unique new expression has been patiently aged for 19 years in French oak bariqques to impart a richness of flavour that perfectly marries with the gentle peat that has made Bowmore® so famous. It’s the first time we’ve offered a whisky of this age and maturation, we know everyone who buys a bottle will be rewarded with a liquid of exceptional flavour and character.” | 48.9% | 700ml |
Bowmore® 19yo will be exclusively available from Amazon.com from October 2018.
Colour: Dark Amber/ Aroma: Candied apple, honey and light peat smoke / Taste: Rich toffee, wild honey and exotic spices / Finish: Summer fruits balanced with warm peat smoke.
Founded in 1779, Bowmore® is the oldest distillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles which make up the region known as the 'Islands' in the lexicon of Whisky. The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside and the Lowlands. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore® is no exception; the malt is carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln, using skills honed over two centuries to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt.
Time is savoured at Bowmore® and the distillery’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of its Single Malts. Today, it prides itself as one of the rare distilleries which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by a traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery. Water for the whiskies is specially drawn from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones – the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln.
Bowmore® Distillery's close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of its spirit. The legendary Bowmore® No. 1 Vaults is where most of the whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the vault's sea-facing wall.
They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours until the expertise of our whisky makers deems them ready for bottling. It is this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore® Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Through peerless maturation expertise and sense of timing, Bowmore® is “Time, Savoured®” – a rich reward for those that appreciate the value of time and an exquisite whisky coveted the world over.
ISC 2018 | Gold for 15 Year Old (GTR)
ISC 2018 | Gold for 18 Year Old
IWSC 2018 | Gold for 15 Year Old
IWSC 2018 | Gold for 18 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Gold for 12 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Super Gold for 18 Year Old
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 | Super Gold for 15 Year Old Darkest
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International Spirits Challenge 2017 | Gold for 12 Year Old
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Chicago, Illinois, October 12, 2017 -- Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, has promoted Marc André Tousignant to the position of Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2018. Tousignant currently serves as CFO of Beam Suntory’s Americas region, which is responsible for more than half of the company’s profits.
Tousignant will succeed John Owen, who, as previously announced, plans to leave the company at year end to pursue opportunities closer to his family in New York. As CFO, Tousignant will report to CEO Matt Shattock, join the executive leadership team, and serve as a member of the Beam Suntory Board of Directors.
“Marc André is a thoughtful and strategic finance executive whose breadth and depth of experience will serve him well as our global CFO,” said Shattock. “We are tremendously grateful to John for his outstanding leadership and numerous contributions to our success, and we’re pleased that he will remain with us through year end to ensure a seamless transition to Marc André.”
Tousignant joined Beam Suntory in 2014 as CFO, Global Supply Chain before assuming his current role in 2016. He previously had a 23-year career at Avon, where he held finance leadership roles for multi-billion-dollar business units, including North America, WEMEA/APAC/China, and Japan. He ultimately served as Group Vice President, responsible for transforming and contemporizing Avon’s service model.
Tousignant holds an M.B.A. from the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, and a B.A. in Finance from the Université de Québec à Montréal.
Succeeding Tousignant as CFO of the Americas region will be Karim Sadik-Khan, who is currently Vice President, Global Finance Planning & Analysis. Justine O’Toole, currently Finance Director, Global Travel Retail, is promoted to Vice President, Global Finance Planning & Analysis.
Chicago, Illinois, November 2, 2017 – Beam Suntory today named Albert Baladi, currently President of its International region, to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer and President, Americas. In this role, Baladi will oversee Beam Suntory’s global commercial operations while also leading the Americas region. Tim Hassett, who has served as President of the Americas region for the past three years, has made a personal decision to become CEO of a start-up company outside the spirits industry. Succeeding Baladi as President, International will be Pryce Greenow, who is currently Senior Vice President, EMEA.
“We are pleased to make these important appointments from our own leadership pipeline, and I’m confident these moves will set us up for continuity, sustained momentum and tremendous future success,” said Matt Shattock, Chairman & CEO of Beam Suntory. “While we are sorry to see Tim leave, Albert is ideally suited for this expanded leadership role. Albert has built and led his teams with great passion to deliver impressive market-beating performance across a broad and diverse range of countries. Pryce’s career progression and strong track record of results position him perfectly to lead our International region.”
Albert Baladi is a 30-year consumer-packaged-goods veteran who has led the company’s International region for the past two-and-a-half years. He joined Beam Suntory from Yum! Brands in 2011 as President of EMEA, before becoming President, International in 2015 when the company combined management of its EMEA and Asia Pacific businesses. Baladi has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career, including at Yum! Brands, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble, and has spent more than a decade working in the United States during that time. Baladi earned his preparatory degree from the Ecole Polytechnique Lausanne and received his business degree from HEC Lausanne, both located in Switzerland. Baladi will be based in Chicago and report to Shattock.
Pryce Greenow has developed a breadth and depth of global experience and a strong track record of results in his 13 years at Beam Suntory. Prior to his current position, Greenow’s commercial leadership roles included MD of Developed Europe, MD of Emerging Markets in South America, and Group General Manager of the US & Mexico. His previous positions include GM Mixables, GM West US and VP of Channel Management. Greenow joined the company in 2005 with the acquisition of Allied Domecq.
Earlier in his career, Greenow spent seven years in the British Army where he rose to the rank of Captain. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. He will remain based in Madrid and report to Baladi.
Baladi and Greenow will serve on the Beam Suntory Executive Leadership Team, and both appointments are effective immediately.