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Pernod Ricard is the world’s leader in the Premium spirits industry. It operates in more than 85 affiliates and 100 production sites. Pernod Ricard has chosen to focus on sustainable growth through a large portfolio of international brands and a high-end strategy, known as Premiumisation.

Key dates

The major dates that have marked the construction of Pernod Ricard since the link-up of Pernod and Ricard, from 1975 to today.

Key dates

1975

Pernod Ricard is created through the link-up of two French anise-based spirits companies: Pernod, which was founded in 1805, and Ricard, founded by Paul Ricard in 1932.

1988

Acquisition of Irish Distillers, the leading producer of Irish whiskey and owner of Jameson.

1989

Acquisition of Australian wine producer which became Pernod Ricard Winemakers in 2013, Orlando Wyndham Group, producer of the Jacob’s Creek label.

1993

Pernod Ricard and the Cuban company Cuba Ron create Havana Club International, a 50/50 joint venture for the marketing of Havana Club rum.

2001

Purchase of 39.1% of Seagram's Wines & Spirits businesses.
Purchase of 39% of the assets of Seagram. Brands Chivas Regal, Martell and The Glenlivet join the existing portfolio.
Asset disposal program in the segment of non-alcoholic: Orangina, JFA Pampryl and SIAS MPA.
Pernod Ricard has doubled in size and moved into the top three global groups Wine and Spirits.

2005

Acquisition of Allied Domecq, in partnership with Fortune Brands. The Group once again doubles in size and becomes the world number two in Wines & Spirits by incorporating Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, among others.

2008

Acquisition of Vin&Sprit, owner of ABSOLUT, making Pernod Ricard the world co-leader in the industry.

2010

Asia and Rest of the World becomes the Group's top region.

2011

Creation of Premium Wine Brands, a Brand Company bringing together the Group's priority wine brands.

2012

Patrick Ricard passes away at 67 years old.

2013

Pernod Ricard accelerates its presence in Africa.

2014

Pernod Ricard strengthens its brand portfolio by acquiring Kenwood, California Premium wine and increasing its shareholding in Avión a Super Premium Tequila.

2015

Alexandre Ricard became Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard.