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Portrait of Enrique Bernat Fontlladosa. Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, Eulogia Merle.
October 20, 1923|
|Died||December 27, 2003(aged 80)|
|Occupation||Scientist and businessperson|
Bernat was the child of a confectioner Catalan family in the third generation and started his working life in his parents' cake shop. In the early 1950s he went to north Spain to revive an apple jam factory. As he introduced later his idea of lollipops to the investors, they left. Bernat took over the company in 1958 and renamed it to Chupa Chups.
In the 1980s Bernat failed a take-over of the insurance company Iberia de Seguros to fund a new Catalan investment bank. Despite the loss, he gained ownership of Gaudi's Casa Batlló. In 1991 he passed formal control of Chupa Chups to his son Xavier. The Smint subsidiary brand/company was founded in 1994.
Together with his wife Nuria Serra he had three sons and two daughters, all surviving him.
Bernat died aged 80 at home in Barcelona on December 27, 2003.
- Agencias (December 30, 2003). "Enric Bernat, fundador de Chupa Chups". El Mundo (in Spanish). Mundinteractivos, S.A. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- H. Vázquez, Carlos (July 2, 2015). "Cuando Dalí reinventó Chupa Chups". Forbes (in Spanish). Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- Barud, Bibiñe (January 23, 2018). "Salvador Dalí diseñó el logo de las paletas Chupa Chups y... no hay nada más surreal que eso". BuzzFeed (in Spanish). Retrieved March 17, 2018.
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