Constellation Brands will this week intensify efforts to persuade Diageo to join the consortium mounting a counter-offer to Pernod Ricard's £7.4bn takeover of Allied Domecq. Diageo would be keen to acquire Allied's Maker's Mark bourbon brand. But the company may decide to await the fallout from a Pernod takeover or form a separate bidding vehicle with another international drinks firm. The Sunday Times 22/05/05 (Business) page 3.3 The Independent on Sunday 22/05/05 (Business) page 15