Jane Walker is an extension of the brand’s campaign in 2016, “Keep Walking America” which was targeted towards groups like Latinos and veterans. The new Jane Walker labels will appear on 250,000 bottles in the US starting in March.
In addition, Diageo has announced that for every bottle made, it will donate a dollar to organizations that promote women, including Monumental Women and She Should Run.
According to Bloomberg, the London-based company is also “calling on advertising agencies to put forward one female director as part of any work pitch,” and is working to internally to boost its female representation.
The world’s largest premium drinks company, Diageo has paired up with UK research firm Join the Dots to increase consumer insight in Africa.
Join the Dots will ensure that Diageo’s trade presence in Africa grows beyond the +2% overall net sales in Africa as reported in the company’s most recent interim results. The key target markets are Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Cameroun.
“Africa represents a huge market opportunity for Diageo,” Gavin Holt, senior client director at Join the Dots said.
“It has 54 countries and a population of more than one billion people, a lot of which are between the age of 18-24.
“The research strategy has been to go straight to the mobile community to gain data insights and uncover drinking habits, bar trends and prime target ages.
“One of the issues which Diageo faces in Africa is that local brands can advertise and even launch a product in around three months, which makes it difficult for Diageo to stay on top of trends and insights.”
Join the Dots’ mobile research will look into people’s drinking habits, product testing, concept testing and bar visits. The results of the research are designed to help Diageo better understand young adult African lives in order to make better business decisions steeped in the local culture.
“The main focus for Diageo is on beer, whilst also exploring the RDT and whisky markets,” Holt added
“All research projects are designed with the intent of collecting natural behaviors and feedback, ensuring it’s also engaging for this hard to reach audience.”
A symbiosis of innovative technology and imaginative approaches have been put to use by Join the Dots in helping Diageo get closer to their African consumers more than ever before.
Diageo has within its purview premia brands like Johnnie Walker whiskey, Ciroc vodka, and Baileys Irish Cream, which are among the leading products in the African market. In Nigeria, they are the parent company of Guinness Nigeria Plc.
Johnnie Walker, known for its range of specially distilled whiskies, has launched a new limited edition whiskey aimed at travellers for the new year – Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish.
The Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch portfolio is a series of whiskies crafted with the freedom to create blends which deliver distinctive flavours and amazing serves. The range of limited edition whiskies have indeed challenged the existing whiskey making traditions.
Inspiration for the new whiskey stems from the Johnnie Walker Black Label. The team of 12 expert whiskey makers at Johnnie Walker created the deliciously rich and sweet Johnnie Walker Blenders Batch Sherry Cask Finish with fruity notes. It is aged for 12 years in a sherry cask for a maturation that defines its taste on the palate.
Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is made with whiskies from Blair Athol, Cardhu and Strathmill distilleries. The dark Scotch whisky has a smooth mouth-feel with notes of sweet vanilla, smoke, raisins and a warming finish of dark chocolate.
“Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskies are the result of bold experiments that push the boundaries in flavour, ” Aimee Gibson, Johnnie Walker expert whisky maker said.
“Taking inspiration from the element of sherry cask maturation in Johnnie Walker Black Label, I was intrigued by the rich and fruity taste it added to the blend. It inspired me to experiment with the sherry cask finish to awaken more of these fruity notes and to add a unique flavour dynamic.”
She further added that:
“The outcome has been extraordinary; Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is a fantastically sweet and rich whisky. It’s the perfect introduction for those who are new to Scotch Whisky, but will also excite seasoned whisky lovers.”
Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director of Diageo Global Travel, also commented on the travel retail exclusivity.
“This is a special launch for Diageo Global Travel because it’s exclusive to our shoppers. It is the first travel retail exclusive from the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch series and will make the perfect purchase for travellers who want to gift something truly special in the New Year.
“Travelers are looking for brands that have discovery, authenticity, craftsmanship and real human stories behind them, and there is none better than Johnnie Walker. We are thrilled to offer shoppers a glimpse into the world of flavour exploration from the world’s biggest Scotch Whisky brand and add another innovation to our range.”
Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is perfect for cocktails, much like its cousin, the Johnnie Walker Black Label. It is best enjoyed mixed with ginger ale and garnished with a fresh orange segment to create a delicious home-made cocktail.
The new whisky is already available for travelers in selected duty free stores worldwide. It retails at GBP26.50 / N12,500 for a 1 litre bottle.
Originally called Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky, Johnnie Walker is a Scotch whisky brand that offers a wide range of whisky blends.
To see the prices of our wide range of Johnnie Walker Whisky, click here.
From giving the whisky to sailors take it to wherever ships went, it grew to be sold in 120 countries by 1920. Today it is the most widely distributed brand of blended Scotch whisky in the world and is sold in almost every country.
The brand, which became popular after the founder, John “Johnnie” Walker’s death in 1857, made an annual sales of the equivalent of over 226.2 million 750 ml bottles in 2015 (169.2 million litres).
That shows just how powerful the brand is, being immortalized by “songwriters and filmmakers, idolised by socialites and movie stars, enjoyed by statesmen and walking shoulder-to-shoulder with the great sportsmen and women of the age,” according to the drink’s official website.
What are the prices of Johnnie Walker labels in Nigeria?
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Kemi Adetiba‘s The Wedding Party will go down as one of the most iconic Nollywood films of all time, maybe not in terms of its artistry, but surely for its huge commercial success.
The romantic comedy, which premiered in Nigerian cinemas on Friday, December 16, 2016, has raked in a record N450 million from the box office. That is almost half a billion, and certainly the highest grossing Nollywood movie of all time.
However, while you may have enjoyed the comedy and drama, there are certain things your eyes missed and among them were some premium drinks on display.
Nigerian weddings are never lacking with assorted drinks to go with the rich menu of food. In very many cases, it is the drinks that make the party.
How do we know? Drinks.ng supplies the drinks to these parties.
So here are five drinks you missed from The Wedding Party:
Champagnes are ever present at weddings – and The Wedding Party did well to sample one of the premium sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France.
Founded in 1829 in Aÿ by Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger, the “Bolly” is a classic, Pinot-filled champagne with an amazing taste and quite the special choice for making toasts at weddings.
The Premium vodka is an exclusive part of every elite party and The Wedding Party featuring characters from the elite class, you sure bet Ciroc was there, or maybe it’s just because Banky W, the brand ambassador is a leading cast.
Not very present though, but it sat right at the middle of the ‘In-Laws’ table.
The two were visually seen together in the movie. Rumours has it that they were yet to be opened as at the time of this report.
Well, that is the more reason you should be opening them at your own event soon.
Just in case you missed it, it was there visible at the scene where Afeez Oyetoro’s character and his family were wondering what food the continental dish they got served was.
Ladies love to snap, or is it ladies love the Snapp? For a romantic comedy which ladies love a lot, this drink had no right to be missing, neither have you any right to have missed a sight of it.
Now that we have told you what drinks you missed from the record-breaking film, ensure to do yourself the favour of having your own party, be it a wedding or not, and have these premium brands there too.
A lot of Nigerian companies have celebrities to represent their brand and connect with their consumers on a better level. Drink companies have not been left out of the rage and huge brands such as Bacardi Martini, and Nigerian Breweries have Nigerian superstars as the faces of their brands. Here is a list of some of these brands and their ambassadors.
Bacardi Martini – Bryan Okwara
Bryan Okwara was crowned ‘Mr Nigeria’ in 2007, and has since worked hard at establishing himself as a reputable model and actor. He was unveiled on the 1st of August as the brand ambassador for Martini’s Begin Desire campaign as the Nigerian Martini Man.
Skyy Vodka- Patoranking
Nigeria’s dancehall sensation, Patoranking- real name Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie is the brand ambassador for Skyy Vodka. The singer was quoted saying that his nature and personality are in perfect alignment with the brand’s message of fun. He said ‘ I am a great fan of SKYY Vodka and aligning with a strong international brand that not only understands but also appreciates my artistry and is committed to supporting the growth of my music beyond the nigerian borders is a fantastic opportunity.
Smirnoff- Dj Spinall
Popular disc jockey, DJ Spinall is the first African brand ambassador for Diageo’s vodka brand Smirnoff. DJ Spinall, whose real name Sodamola Oluseye Desmond is the official DJ for Beat FM Ibadan. He is also the official DJ for the weekly Industry Nite.
Ciroc – Banky W
Ciroc Vodka has RnB crooner Banky W as its brand ambassador in Nigeria. Described by many as the King of African Soul/R&B, Banky W combines global style with African rhythms and influences to create an entirely unique and impressive sound, which has catapulted him to continental and international acclaim. Aside from his musical success, Banky W is the king of Lagos’ vibrant nightlife scene, and is known as a staple on any exclusive guest list.
Orijin – Reminisce
Top Nigerian rapper Remilekun Safaru popularly known as Reminisce is the brand ambassador for Orijin Bitters. The company chose Reminisce as its brand ambassador in line with what Orijin represents, noting that Orijin comes from a special blend of the old with the new, the traditional with the modern and these same qualities are epitomised by Reminisce, whose quality and depth of work as an artist makes him a perfect fit as brand ambassador.
Life Continental Beer – Flavour
Award winning highlife musician who was previously an ambassador for Guinness Nigeria, recently announced as the Ambassador for leading South-east beer brand, Life Continental Beer.The brand which has been for years the beer of preference for the people of the South-east, made this choice to further reinforce its commitment to the heritage, essence, connection and affinity with the people of South-east.
Johnnie Walker- Don Jazzy
The Mavin Boss joined the league of one of the Global ambassadors for Johnnie Walker, a brand of Scotch whisky owned by Diageo in September 2015. He started off with the ‘Joy will take you further’ campaign which was a huge success.
Martell- Burna Boy
Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy is the Nigerian Brand Ambassador for Martell Cognac. He joined Jude Abaga (M.I) as a representative of the Cognac brand.
Campari- 2 face
In April 2016, the Legendary International RnB superstar, 2Face was announced as the brand ambassador for premium liqueur brand Campari, The brand explained its decision to partner with 2Face, saying he embodies the values that the Campari brand represents – originality, passion, maturity and universal appeal.
Want to have some cocktail fun at home all by yourself? There’s no need to break the bank or muddle recipes up. Here are 7 simple do-it-yourself cocktails that are easy to prepare and serve to your guests.
Captain Morgan White Rum (50 ml)
(1 dash) Soda Water
(2 tsps.) Caster Sugar
2 Lime Wedges
1 Mint Sprig
In a mixing glass, mix caster sugar and lime wedges together using a pestle or a large spoon to extract lime flavour and aroma.
Mash about 12 leaves from the mint sprigs together with the lime and sugar.
Add crushed ice to about three-fourths of the glass.
Pour the rum and dash of soda.
Use a spoon to stir the drink thoroughly.
Garnish with a few crushed mint leaves and add crushed ice. Serve cold.
Diageo plcis a British multinational alcoholic beverages company headquartered in London, England. It is the world’s largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer and wine.
Diageo’s brands include Smirnoff (the world’s best-selling vodka), Johnnie Walker (the world’s best-selling blended Scotch whisky), Baileys (the world’s best-selling liqueur) and Guinness (the world’s best-selling stout). It also owns 34% of Moët Hennessy, which owns brands including Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Hennessy. It sells its products in over 180 countries and has offices in around 80 countries.
Diageo is an invented name that was created by the branding consultancy Wolff Olins in 1997. The name is composed of the Latin word “dia”, meaning day, and the Greek root “geo”, meaning world, and is meant to reference the company giving pleasure every day, everywhere.
Diageo was formed in 1997 from the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan, under the authorization of Guinness’s Philip Yea and Anthony Greener, along with Grand Metropolitan’s John Mcgrath and George Bull. Shares in Diageo began trading on the London Stock Exchange on 17 December 1997.
Diageo owned Pillsbury until 2000 when it was sold to General Mills.In 2002, Diageo sold the Burger King fast food restaurant chain to a consortium led by US firm Texas Pacific for $1.5 billion. During February 2011, Diageo acquired Mey Icki, a Turkish Liquor company for a total of $2.1 billion.
In recent years, Diageo has invested in many companies.
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