Our key dates
It’s been a fun and exciting journey. Check out some of the key dates that impacted the growth and development of our company since 1975.
The history of Pernod dates back to 1805.
Born in Switzerland in 1776, Henri-Louis Pernod founded his distillery, the Maison Pernod Fils, in the French-Swiss border village of Pontarlie.
The company produced and sold Pernod Fils absinthe, an anise-flavoured spirit inspired by an elixir from which Henri-Louis Pernod acquired the recipe from Doctor Ordinaire.
The history of Ricard, a historic subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, began in Marseille in 1932 with Paul Ricard, entrepreneur and ingenious creator.
Paul Ricard was on a passionate quest to discover the perfect flavour, able to uphold the purity of the anise. And finally, in 1932, his original recipe is born.
Pernod Ricard is created from the merger of two French anise-based spirits companies: Pernod, founded in 1805, and Ricard, founded by Paul Ricard in 1932
The young company begins to diversify its portfolio which, thus far, mostly consists of anise-based aperitifs. They acquire la Compagnie Dubonnet-Cinzano (CDC) and Cusenier, which include Ambassadeur, Bartissol and Café de Paris brands
Spanish subsidiary created
Patrick Ricard, son of Paul Ricard, takes over the company and dedicates more than 30 years of passion to it, transforming it from a French anise spirit producer to a global leader in Wine and Spirits
Acquisition of Italian bitter Ramazotti
First presence in Asia with the creation of Pernod Ricard Japan
Acquisition of Irish Distillers, the leading producer of Irish whiskey and owner of Jameson
Acquisition of Australian wine producer the Orlando Wyndham Group, which produces Jacob’s Creek
Creation of Pernod Ricard Hong Kong
Creation of Pernod Ricard Korea
Pernod Ricard and the Cuban company Cuba Ron create Havana Club International, a 50/50 joint venture to market Havana Club rum
Altaï Vodka is launched
Presence reinforced in Eastern Europe with a stake in Jan Becher, which includes the bitter Becherovka
Pernod Ricard acquires international rights to Polish vodka Wyborowa, as well as the Armenian Yerevan Brandy Company
40% purchase of Seagram's business activity. Brands Chivas Regal, Martell and The Glenlivet join existing portfolio. Pernod Ricard doubles in size and moves into top three global Groups for Wine and Spirits
Entrance into France’s CAC 40 index
Acquisition of Framingham Winery in New Zealand
Acquisition of Allied Domecq in partnership with Fortune Brands. The Group once again doubles in size and becomes the world No.2 in Wine and Spirits by incorporating Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, amongst others
Acquisition for €5.7 billion of the Swedish group Vin & Sprit, owner of Absolut Vodka, making Pernod Ricard the world co-leader of the industry
"Asia and Rest of the world" become the Group's top region
Pernod Ricard further develops its presence in Africa, opening subsidiaries in Ghana, Angola, Kenya, Namibie, Nigeria, Maroc and other countries
Pernod Ricard strengthens its brand portfolio by acquiring Kenwood, California Premium wine, and increasing its shareholding in Avión, Super Premium Tequila
In March 2016, Pernod Ricard purchases majority share of high-end German gin brand Monkey 47.
In December, Pernod Ricard North America invest in West Virginia-based Smooth Ambler.