Diageo has renewed a distribution agreement with Wirtz Beverage Group in the US state of Illinois.

Diageo said today (2 December) that it has signed a new "long-term" agreement with Wirtz, which began distributing Diageo brands such as Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka in Illinois in 2003.

"Wirtz Beverage is recognised for achieving industry-leading growth for our premium supplier partners," said Wirtz's president Rocky Wirtz.

"Wirtz Beverage Group has helped us build our business in Illinois over the past six years and we look forward to furthering this growth as we extend our relationship," said Jeff Ivey, senior vice president of commercial strategy for Diageo North America.

"We also look forward to working with them to continue our community involvement and leading the industry in social responsibility."

Wirtz has approximately 3,000 employees nationally and 1,100 in the state of Illinois.