Diageo has added Peligroso to its Tequila portfolio

Diageo has added Peligroso to its Tequila portfolio

Diageo has made another foray into the Tequila category with the purchase of the Peligroso brand.

The company, which bought the DeLeón Tequila brand earlier this month through a JV with rap artist and producer Sean 'Diddy' Combs, said earlier today (27 January) that it will acquire Peligroso from Peligroso Spirits Co, a California-based venture founded by “two avid surfers”. The brand comprises four variants - Cinnamon, Silver, Reposado and Anejo – that retail between US$30 and $55 per 75cl bottle.

Peligroso is available in 12 US states.

“The acquisition of Peligroso will give Diageo an offering in super-premium ($20-$40) Tequila, the fastest growing Tequila segment in the US,” Diageo said. “With a popular cinnamon variant, Peligroso benefits from consumer interest in flavoured spirits in other categories like vodka and whiskey.”

When asked by just-drinks about financial terms of the deal, a spokesperson for Diageo said: “This investment is not material, and we’re not disclosing the terms.”

The company has been looking to plug the gap in its Tequila portfolio since talks to acquire the Jose Cuervo brand collapsed in late-2012.