Suntory International has become the 13th member of DISCUS

Suntory International has become the 13th member of DISCUS

Suntory International has joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

The trade body, which represents the interests of spirits producers and marketers in the US, confirmed yesterday (24 January) that the New York-based division of the Japanese company is now a member. Suntory owns the Yamazaki Japanese whiskey brand, which leads a spirits portfolio of rums, whiskies and liqueurs.

“Our liquor business in the US is still small, however the US represents a very important and growing market for Suntory,” said Yoshihiko Kunimoto, Suntory International's executive VP & chief operating officer for North America. “DISCUS is the global leader in advocating responsible public policy for our industry.”

Peter Cressy, DISCUS's president & CEO, added: “Suntory shares our member companies’ strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and open markets.”

The distiller, which also produces beer and soft drinks, has become DISCUS’s 13th full member.