|Otto Drakenberg (CEO)|
Arcus AS is Norway's largest wholesaler of wine and liquor. It was created when it was demerged from the state owned wine and liquor retailer Vinmonopolet on January 1, 1996 to differ between the retailing, kept in Vinmonopolet, and the import, export, production and storage that was transferred to Arcus.
In July 2001 the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry sold 66% of the company to Sucra, who were also granted an option to purchase the rest of the company, a transaction that took place in 2003. In 2005 Sucra sold Arcus to the Swedish investment company Ratos, including the partial ownership of Braastad. Arcus has both storage of beverages from when it was demerged as well as recipes from Vinmonopolet, some of which date back a long time, including the recipes taken over from the purchase of Løitens Brænderi in 1927.