Jose Cuervo, the world's leading Tequila company, has signed a five-year marketing and distribution agreement in Australia with Suntory Australia.  Effective 1 February 2003, Suntory Australia will distribute Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado and Reserva Añtigua 1800.

Hugh Barnard, commercial director, Asia Pacific, Jose Cuervo International, the global marketing division for Jose Cuervo, said: "This new agreement strengthens our distribution capabilities for our Tequila brands in Australia.  Suntory Australia is a dynamic company that values long-term brand development, product quality and heritage while understanding the strategies necessary to build premium products.  We commend the excellent work performed by our current distributor, Swift and Moore, but we believe our Tequila brands will have a more prominent and exclusive focus within Suntory Australia's spirits portfolio."

Seiichiro Hattori, managing director of Suntory Australia said: "We are delighted with our new relationship with Jose Cuervo.  We believe Swift and Moore successfully established these Tequila brands in the Australian marketplace and we intend to continue building upon this impressive brand positioning.  We are confident about Jose Cuervo's future with our Company."

Jose Cuervo, a family-owned Company, is the largest producer of Tequila throughout Mexico and around the world, exporting more than 50 million litres annually and sold in over 90 countries.