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Diageo has opened a second Johnnie Walker House in China as part of a marketing exercise and is planning more for Asia. 

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The facility in Beijing includes a bar, museum shop and “exclusive” members club. It follows on from a similar venue opened in Shanghai last year.

The site is a “response to the demand from Chinese consumers for in-depth knowledge, not only of the specific luxury brands they indulge in, but also of the broader categories the brands fall under”, the company said. 

The latest house includes members-only whisky vaults, signature blends and private “whisky-inspired” dining from the brand’s in-house chef. Its public downstairs Distillery Bar includes around 10,000 copper pipes, designed to simulate a working distillery.  

Diageo said it is aiming to roll out the concept, with "plans" for Asia-Pacific and globally. 

Earlier this week, the group said it is also well placed to grow its vodka brands in China despite the dominance of the domestic white spirits category. Baijiu accounts for 99% of all spirits sales in China.

Diageo has an interest in baijiu after taking a controlling stake in Sichuan Chengdu Quanxing Group, which owns 39.7% of baijiu brand ShuiJingFang, in 2010. 


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