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The origin

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 Girl

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

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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


Patrick Ricard passes away at age 67. 


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



Alexandre Ricard becomes Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard


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.



In June, Pernod Ricard announces partnership with Del Maguey Single Village mezcal.

and the story goes on