Diageo is the world's leading drinks business. It is a global company, trading in over 180 markets around the world and is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges.

The group employs over 22,000 people worldwide with offices in around 80 countries. It has manufacturing plants across the globe including Great Britain, Ireland, United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, Africa, Latin America, Australia, India and the Caribbean.

Its brinks brands include: Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Baileys, J&B, José Cuervo, Tanqueray, Guinness, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines, and Bushmills Irish whiskey.

Diageo was formed in 1997, following the merger of GrandMet and Guinness, and its head office is in London. The word Diageo comes from the Latin for day dia and the Greek for world geo.

From BBC World Service