1: Maxxium was formed in 1999 when The Edrington Group, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, and Rémy Cointreau combined their worldwide distribution resources outside of the US.

2: The Edrington Group contributed its distribution activities in the UK, Jim Beam contributed its distribution activities in Australia and Rémy Cointreau contributed its global distribution network excluding the US.

3: Two years later, the V&S Group joined to become the fourth equal shareholder.

4: Maxxium operates in 35 countries arranged into 14 geographic areas - Benelux, Germany/Austria, Nordic, Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia, France, South Eastern Europe, UK/Ireland, Australia/New Zealand, South East Asia, North Asia, Greater China, Canada and a Global Travel Retail division.

5: Maxxium's portfolio consists of 11 core brands, including Absolut vodka, Jim Beam, Remy Martin and The Famous Grouse. The company also distributes partner brands such as: Grants, Glenfiddich, Jagermeister, Carolans, Freixenet, Drambuie, Masi, Louis Latour, E&J Gallo, Beringer Blass and Robert Mondavi.

6: The company has over 1,000 salespeople and 300 local marketing experts, employing in total over 2,000 people in more than 60 markets around the world.

7: In late-2006, Coca-Cola Amatil has secured a deal to sell and distribute Maxxium's spirits portfolio in Australia.

8: Rémy Cointreau is due to drop out of Maxxium in March next year. The departure, announced in late-2006, will cost the French drinks group around EUR240m (US$318m). Rémy is leaving to find other ways of selling its products in key markets like Asia.

9: V&S is set to exit Maxxium following its acquisition by Pernod Ricard. In March, Pernod said that it will pull V&S' brands from Maxxium within two years from closing "for a low contractual cost".

10: In November last year, Maxxium posted record half-year results, with net sales in the first six months of its financial year reach EUR1bn (US$1.45bn), a rise of 7.4% compared to the same time last year.