Following the recent news report in your publication this week about the raid on an illegal alcohol production and bottling plant in Hat Yai, Songkhla, where counterfeit Johnnie Walker products were found, Diageo would like to clarify and correct the facts.
The raid you mention did not take place recently but dates back to 15 November 2018 when the Excise Department did indeed enter the facility. The case is currently under investigation by the Office of the Attorney General – Thailand. In addition, the photo of Johnnie Walker Black and Red in the news report was incorrect and the facility has been shut down.
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As quality is a key part of our relationship with our consumers, our commitment is to provide our consumers with safe products and the highest standards of quality and counterfeit is rarely a problem if consumers buy their products from known, reputable retailers, but if people are in any way concerned about the taste or packaging of the bottle or drink they have purchased, they should contact Diageo
If, in the future, you want information on any Diageo brands or facts pertaining to ongoing investigations, please contact Panadda Khamparat, Diageo Moët Hennessy (Thailand) Ltd. at +66 2 685 6999 or Panadda.Khamparat@diageo.com to ensure the information you have is correct.