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Pernod Ricard USA named “Importer of the Year”


16 Pernod Ricard brands awarded Double Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Pernod Ricard USA named “Importer of the Year”

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Paris, March 29th 2013

During the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition conducted March 21-24, ABSOLUT ELYX won a Double Gold Medal and the title of Best Vodka. 16 brands from the Pernod Ricard portfolio were awarded with Double Gold Medals. Chivas Regal 18 Years Old and 25 Years Old also won Double Gold Medals in their respective categories. In total, the Group’s Premium brands received 45 medals. By winning the top awards, Pernod Ricard USA has been named "Importer of the Year”.

Other Pernod Ricard awarded brands include Aberlour, Becherovka, Beefeater (Best Gin award for Beefeater Dry Gin), Hiram Walker, Jameson, Kahlúa, Lot 40, Mama Walker’s, Midleton, Pine Creek, Olmeca, Pernod (Best Absinthe), Plymouth, Red Breast, Royal Salute, The Glenlivet and Wiser’s.

More than 1,400 products were judged this year in San Francisco, USA—the largest Competition in its 13-year history. Spirits have been evaluated by 33 judges from the industry, such as spirits experts, journalists, buyers, and consultants.

“Our customers and consumers recognize the outstanding quality of our Premium brands, and we are extremely proud to gain this added validation from such prestigious competitions,” said Bryan Fry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pernod Ricard USA.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated sales of € 8,215 million in 2011/12. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: ABSOLUT Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate (formerly Montana), Campo Viejo and Graffigna wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of nearly 18 800 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 75 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.
Pernod Ricard is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

Contacts Pernod Ricard

    Stéphanie SCHROEDER / External Communications Deputy Director
    Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 42 74

    Carina ALFONSO MARTIN / Press Relations Manager
      Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 43 42

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