|JUAN-DOMINGO BECKMANN (Photo by Bill Dowd)|
Diageo PLC of London, the world's largest maker of alcoholic drinks, is likely to make a $2 billion bid for Jose Cuervo, the world's biggest tequila brand, according to the Sunday Times of London, which did not cite sources in its report.
Jose Cuervo, founded more than 250 years ago, is owned by heirs of the Cuervo family, the Beckmann family, headed by Juan-Domingo Beckmann who took over the reins of the company in 2009.
The Sunday Times says the family has appointed Barclays Capital to explore a possible sale of all or part of the company. Other interested bidders could be Bacardi, Pernod Ricard and Brown-Forman. However, Diageo would appear to have the inside track since it already holds the international distribution rights to Jose Cuervo.
Diageo last month acquired Turkish spirits firm Mey Icki for $2.1 billion. It also owns such brands as Guinness, Harp and Red Stripe beers; Johnnie Walker, Bulleit, Crown Royal, Bushmills, Talisker and J&B whiskies; Smirnoff, Ketel One and Ciroc vodkas; Tanqueray and Gordon's gins;
[For a look inside the Cuervo empire, go here for my exclusive report.]
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