Top five innovative drinks companies

2 – Beam

Beam portfolioThe second most innovative drinks company, and 21st overall is Beam Inc. The company’s brands include Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek as well as Scotch brands Laphroaig, Ardmore and Teacher’s Highland Cream. With 3,400 employees, last year’s sales totalled $2.47bn and profit came to $382.4m. Forbes listed the company as having an “innovation premium” of 40, which put it ahead of Diageo’s 37.5, but was just not quite enough for it to take top spot.

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