Pernod Ricard

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Pernod Ricard S.A.
Type Société Anonyme
Traded as EuronextRI
Industry Drinks
Founded 1975
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people Danièle Ricard (Chairwoman), Pierre Pringuet (CEO), Alexandre Ricard (Deputy CEO and Director)[1]
Products Distilled beverages
Revenue 7.643 billion (2010/2011)[2]
Operating income €1.852 billion (2010/2011)[2]
Profit €1.045 billion (2010/2011)[2]
Total assets €25.70 billion (June 2011)[2]
Total equity €9.474 billion (June 2011)[2]
Employees 18,230 (June 2011)[2]
Website pernod-ricard.com
Pernod in a glass with water and ice.

Pernod Ricard is a French company that produces distilled beverages. The company's eponymous products, Pernod Anise and Ricard Pastis, are both anise-flavoured liqueurs and are often referred to simply as Pernod or Ricard. The company also produces several other types of pastis.

After the banning of absinthe, Pernod Ricard was created from the Pernod Fils company, which had produced absinthe. It is now a worldwide conglomerate.

Pernod Ricard owns the distilled beverage division of the former corporation Seagram, along with many other holdings. In 2005, the company acquired a British-based competitor, Allied Domecq plc.

In 2008, Pernod Ricard announced its acquisition of Swedish-based V&S Group, which produces Absolut Vodka.

History[edit]

Pernod[edit]

  • 1797 - Henri-Louis Pernod opened his first absinthe distillery in Switzerland.
  • 1805 – Maison Pernod Fils (simply known as Pernod Fils) was founded in Pontarlier, Franche-Comté in eastern France by Henri-Louis Pernod, a French distiller of Francophone Swiss origin, and started the production of the anise-flavored liquor known as absinthe.
  • 1850 - Henri-Louis Pernod died.
  • 1871 – Distillerie Hémard was founded near Paris.
  • 1872 – Société Pernod Père & Fils opened in Avignon.
  • 1915 – Production and consumption of absinthe was prohibited in France.
  • 1926 – All 3 distilleries merged to form Les Établissements Pernod.
  • 1951 – Pastis 51 was launched.
  • 1965 – Takeover of Distillerie Rousseau, Laurens et Moureaux, producer of the Suze liquor since 1889.

Ricard[edit]

  • 1932 – Ricard, which soon became France's favourite long drink, was founded in Marseille by Paul Ricard.
  • 1940 – Production of pastis was prohibited by the Vichy regime.
  • 1944 – Production of pastis became legal again.
  • 1968 – Paul Ricard retired; his son Patrick became CEO in 1978.

Pernod Ricard[edit]

  • 1975 – Old rivals Pernod and Ricard merged to form Pernod Ricard S.A..
  • 1988 – Pernod Ricard acquired Irish Distillers (which includes Jameson Irish whiskeys).
  • 1989 – Pernod Ricard acquired Orlando Wyndham (makers of Jacob's Creek).
  • 1993 – Pernod Ricard worked with Cuban companies to create Havana Club International.
  • 2001 – Pernod Ricard purchased 38% of Seagram's Wines and Spirits business.
  • 2005 – Pernod Ricard purchased Allied Domecq.
  • 2008 – Pernod Ricard purchased V&S Group including the Absolut Vodka brand, from the Swedish government.[3]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Brands[edit]

Head office of Pernod Ricard, 12 place des États-Unis, Paris, 16th arr.

Pernod Ricard owns a wide variety of beverage brands worldwide. These include:

As of 26 July 2005, the brand portfolio expanded to include former Allied Domecq products:

Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Fortune Brands acquired a number of former Allied Domecq brands from Pernod Ricard following Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Allied Domecq. These include:

Fortune Brands' agreement with Pernod Ricard also included the purchase of the Maker's Mark bourbon brand, which remained subject to regulatory clearance in the United States. While the U.S. Federal Trade Commission conducted its review, Maker's Mark was owned and managed by Pernod Ricard and Pernod Ricard received the earnings from the brand. Fortune Brands was compensated with interest payments upon transfer of the brand.[4]

Yoo-hoo chocolate beverage (notably non-alcoholic) was sold to Pernod Ricard in 1989, and in 2001 Pernod Ricard sold it to Cadbury Schweppes.

Controversies[edit]

Support of bullfighting in France[edit]

According to the NGO Alliance anticorrida, Pernod Ricard is the major funder of bullfighting in France, financing bullfighting clubs and sponsoring corridas.

Property rights conflict over the Havana Club trademark[edit]

The Havana Club brand was lost to its founders, the Arechabala family, due to the 1959 Cuban Revolution and an ongoing legal battle opposes the claimed trademark owners in the US to the joint-venture between Pernod Ricard and the Cuban State-owned company Corporación Cuba Ron. The Havana Club trademark remains unchallenged elsewhere in the world, having been validated by court decisions in a number of other countries than the US.[5][6][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Registration Document (with AMF) 2011/2012" (PDF). Pernod Ricard. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2010/2011" (PDF). Pernod Ricard. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pernod wins auction for Vin & Sprit". The Local. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Fortune Brands Receives Regulatory Clearance to Complete Purchase of Maker's Mark". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  5. ^ "Bacardi Havana Club trademark - bad US politics makes for bad US business". Havana Journal. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  6. ^ Decker, Susan (2011-03-29). "Pernod Ricard Loses Appeals Court Ruling in Bacardi ‘Havana Club Fight". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  7. ^ "STATEMENT FROM BACARDI U.S.A., INC. ON THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS RULING REGARDING HAVANA CLUB RUM REGISTRATION". Bacardí Limited. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 

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