Patrón Spirits Company has joined the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), in the US.

The trade association, which represents distillers in the country, confirmed yesterday (6 November) that Patrón will become a member of DISCUS from 1 January.

"We welcome the Patrón Spirits Company, one of the fastest growing and most respected liquor producers, into the Distilled Spirits Council," said DISCUS' CEO, Peter Cressy.

"This is a critical moment for the industry and we look forward to pursuing the many challenges we face with the strong support of Patrón and its management team. They have proven their mettle in the marketplace and now they will bring that expertise onto our board."

Patrón's COO, John McDonnell, added: "We are joining forces with America's most important distillers and suppliers in the effort to achieve responsible market access and especially to fight the threat of increased state and federal taxes on our hospitality industry. In these tough economic times, we need everyone working together."

Patrón's portfolio includes its namesake Tequila brand, Pyrat rum and Ultimat vodka.