Diageo North America and Moet Hennessy have appointed Sterling Distributing Company as strategic distributor for their spirits and wines in Nebraska.

Sterling Distributing Company will continue to distribute brands such as Baileys, Crown Royal, Captain Morgan and the wines of the Chalone Wine Group, and from 13 June they will begin distributing additional Diageo brands including Smirnoff, Jose Cuervo, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines. LVMH brands, including Moet & Chandon and Hennessy, will be integrated into the Sterling portfolio from the beginning of July.

"We chose Sterling Distributing Company based on their long-standing position in the marketplace and on the quality of their business proposal," said Ivan Menezes, president & CEO of Diageo North America. "As we look ahead, we are confident that they are well-positioned to help us realise the potential of the premium drinks business in Nebraska and we look forward to a very successful relationship."

Christophe Navarre, CEO of Moet Hennessy, said: "I am certain that Sterling Distributing Company will serve our brands very well. Based on our business needs in Nebraska, they were the best choice as the strategic distributors for our brands."

So far, Diageo has selected strategic distributors for 39 states and the District of Columbia, representing more than 80% of the company's US business.