Pernod Ricard has achieved more than €9 billion in sales for its financial year 2016/17.

Pernod Ricard has recorded a +3.6% organic sales growth for the 2017 financial year and a +22% free cash flow growth.

Pernod Ricard USA’s New Brand Ventures division, has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal.

Pernod Ricard has announced the signing of an agreement with the Glenallachie Consortium, comprising Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, for the sale of the Scottish distillery Glenallachie.

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that Philip Ainsworth, current marketing director of Wyborowa Pernod Ricard, has been made its new marketing director.

Pernod Ricard has teamed up with The Dome at Lebua in Bangkok to unveil the world’s highest outdoor whisky bar.

Sumaiyah Connolly has been announced as the new global brand ambassador for Beefeater Gin.

Pernod Ricard has announced its new organisation Global Travel Retail which will combine its travel retail activities.

Alexandre Ricard, Pernod Ricard’s chairman and CEO, was broadly happy with the company’s +4% sales and profits for the half year to February.

Pernod Ricard has announced a €10.5 million investment in increasing Irish Distillers’ single pot still Irish whiskey capacity by more than 30% 

GTR: the future’s digital

05 October, 2016

At a dinner on Monday night in Cannes during Tax Free World Association (TFWA) show week, Pernod Ricard chief executive, Alexandre Ricard emphasised the importance of the global travel retail sector to the company.

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has announced a new scotch whisky blending team with new roles for its master blenders Colin Scott and Sandy Hyslop.

Pernod Ricard has reported profit from recurring operations, the measuring stick that analysts and the company use, rose 2% during its fiscal year 2015/16 to €2.28 billion.

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that its managing director, Denis O’Flynn, has decided to leave at the end of September.

Pernod Ricard and Irish Distillers have announced the signing and completion of the sale of Paddy Irish whiskey, the fourth largest Irish whiskey brand in the world, to Sazerac. 

Pernod Ricard has announced a new round of organisational changes as part of its ‘Dart’ initiative to grow company share, specifically in the US.

Pernod’s results 3% up

21 April, 2016

Pernod Ricard has reported sales for the first nine months of its financial year totalled €6,813 million. 

Pernod Ricard has released a statement regarding the on-going battle with Bacardi over the Havana Club name.

Pernod Ricard in the half year 2015/16, has reported 3% organic sales growth to €4.958 million and organic growth in profit from recurring operations +3% to €1,438m.

Pernod Ricard’s Royal Salute has unveiled ten blends with the youngest containing whiskies 21 years or older and the oldest containing whiskies at least 30 years old.

Pernod Ricard-owned Chivas Brothers has launched Ballantine's Hard Fired, a blended Scotch created using a double cask charring process.  

Xavier Beysecker, currently VP marketing, Absolut at the Absolut Company has been appointed VP Digital of Pernod Ricard Asia, effective as of November 1.

Pernod Ricard defends results

02 September, 2015

A senior Pernod Ricard management team were in London this week (Sept 2) to clarify, explain and defend its recent 2014/15 full year results.

Pernod Ricard reports +2% organic sales growth for the financial year 2014/15 in an environment that remains “challenging”, it says.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon will officially open Chivas Brothers’ £25m Dalmunach Distillery on the banks of the River Spey today.

Alexandre Ricard set his stall out yesterday (June 2) as Pernod Ricard celebrated 40 years of the two anise brands merging.

Asia, and specifically China, is heading back to growth following the Chinese government's clamp down nearly two years ago on extravagant entertaining, excessive drinking and gifting.

Hollywood actress and self-confessed Francophile Diane Kruger is Martell cognac’s ambassador for the brand’s 300th anniversary this year.

Pernod Ricard has announced the completion of the sale of the Mexican ready-to-drink brand Caribe Cooler to Grupo Bepensa.

on 13 March, 2015

Drinks International's editor Christian Davis on Jameson's bottle your own initiative.

Pernod Ricard has announced a number of appointments that will see the current CEO of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët (MMPJ), Philippe Guettat, head Pernod Asia. 

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed Pierre Pringuet, CEO of Pernod Ricard, as its new chairman.

New limited edition Martell

28 October, 2014

Martell, which claims to be the oldest of the great cognac houses, is celebrating its 300th anniversary with the release of a new limited edition expression, Martell Premier Voyage.

Pernod Ricard has posted organic growth of 2% with sales totalling €2,037 in the first quarter of 2014/15. 

Pernod Ricard is sending nine ‘young talents’ to the One Young World Summit in Dublin from 15-19 October. 

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has completed the construction of its new Speyside malt whisky distillery.

Irish Distillers is opening the doors to its Irish Whiskey Academy to the general public with in-depth courses available to spirits enthusiasts from December this year.

Pernod Ricard UK managing director, Denis O’Flynn has been elected as the next chairman of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), succeeding Nick Hyde in January 2015.

Pernod Ricard CEO Pierre Pringuet remains optimistic about China despite 23% decline in sales in its full year results.

The Pernod Ricard group has reported sales of €7.945 million for the financial year 2013/14.

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has announced it is expanding The Glenlivet Nàdurra brand.

Pernod Ricard’s net sales for the first nine months of the 2013/14 financial year totalled €6,186 million – down 7% on the same period last year. The company says the results are in line with the first half-year and sales were stable excluding foreign exchange and group structure effects.

Jameson is in a very good period right now. The momentum is there and there is room to go up, according to Jameson International brand director, Dan Lundberg.

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Europe has unveiled its largest travel retail activation to date in Heathrow Terminal 5, featuring its artisanal gin brand Plymouth.

Chivas Brothers has launched a major international bartender competition called Chivas Masters.

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The Pernod Ricard team were in London today (February 18) to flesh on the bones for their half year interim results which were announced last week.

Pernod results

13 February, 2014

Pernod Ricard has reported net sales for the first semester of 2013/14 totalled €4.57 million.

Pernod Ricard has announced the appointment of Doron Friedman as director global travel retail at The Absolut Company (TAC).

Ballantine's does a Brazilian

03 December, 2013

Ballantine’s Brasil is the name of a new lime-infused spirit drink, from the Chivas Brothers scotch and premium gin divisions of Pernod Ricard.

on 28 November, 2013

I have just returned from the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Havana Club International. Standing in a huge hall with more than 1,000 people – mostly employees but also people associated with the company and the eponymous Cuban rum brand – it became obvious what a force for good an alcoholic drinks brand can be.

Pernod Ricard has launched formally the Havanista Cuban rum brand at the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Havana Club International.

Western spirits companies that focus on growing margins to create value have been more successful than those that reduced prices in order to grow volumes, according to a report from Rabobank.

More new Irish whiskeys

01 October, 2013

Irish Distillers has launched more Irish whiskeys, this time under the Paddy brand.

Pernod Ricard CEO Pierre Pringuet was in Vietnam yesterday to sign a multi-partite agreement extending the International Center for Alcohol Policies’ (ICAP) pilot programme in its fight against drunk driving.

The Irish prime minister or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, yesterday (September 4) officially opened Irish Distillers’ newly expanded Midleton distillery in Cork.

Pernod Ricard grew sales by 4% during 2012/2013, thanks to the US and China offsetting a western European malaise.

Irish Distillers has launched the latest release of its flagship blended whiskey, Midleton Very Rare.

Absolut has announced new designs for its range of flavoured vodkas.

Christmas is £4 billion worth of business for beer, wines and spirits, according to Pernod Ricard UK.

on 31 July, 2013

Listening to BBC Radio 4 this morning (July 31), I heard the voice of the new chief executive of Diageo. Ivan Menezes coped well with the busy, bustling questions from the Beeb’s city correspondent in the minute or so allotted to the interview.

Pernod Ricard has rolled out the rosé anise-based drink, 51 Rosé, to French travel retail.

Laurent Lacassagne has this week (W/C July 8) become chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard.

Chivas Brothers' Speyside distillery, Glen Keith, has re-opened, having been closed, or silent, since 1999.

Pastis

05 June, 2013

A very French product is showing innovation and a willingness to tackle new markets. Lucy Britner reports 

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I went to two whisky launches yesterday (May 8) – Bacardi’s Glen Deveron, the Royal Burgh Collection and Pernod Ricard/Chivas Brothers’ The Glenlivet Alpha. Both interesting for different reasons and very much a case of ‘chalk & cheese’ when it comes to the brand and what they are doing with it.

The Glenlivet, the world’s second best selling single malt Scotch whisky by volume behind Glenfiddich, has launched The Glenlivet Alpha (50%) ABV.

The global Gin sector is low price, low growth and extremely uninteresting, according to a top City of London analyst.

Pernod Ricard Chivas Brothers has released a new limited edition expression of Beefeater, the world’s best-selling premium gin.

Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Denim, the latest version of the Swedish vodka brand.

Pernod Ricard appointments

28 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard has announced the following moves, effective from July 1.

£35 Brancott Estate to launch

18 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard will unveil a £35 bottle of Brancott Estate this month.

Pernod Ricard has eased concerns over Cognac supply with the purchase of 100% of the shares of the winemaker, distiller and wholesaler Le Maine au Bois SAS.

Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers has built on its commitment to the single pot still Irish whiskey category with the release of ten new Midleton whiskeys.

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has announced the retirement of Jameson Irish Whiskey master distiller Barry Crockett.

Pernod Ricard has announced formally the signing of an agreement with Arcus-Gruppen to sell the Danish spirits brands Aalborg and Brøndums, German brand Malteserkreuz Aquavit, and the Danish bitter brand Gammel Dansk. The Aalborg production facility in Denmark is part of the transaction.

Orlando Wyndham has announced that the harvesting of the 2013 vintage in Australia for its global wine brand, Jacob’s Creek, is underway.

US: Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Hibiskus - what it describes as the first ever floral-flavoured vodka. 

Pernod Ricard Chatter

04 December, 2012

Share a new idea every day is the catch phrase of Pernod Ricard Chatter, its first corporate social network.

Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve has again been made available by Pernod Ricard for the run up to Christmas.

Pernod Ricard has announced that the lawsuit brought against the company, Diageo and Seagram in New York by a number of regional departments of Colombia, has been dismissed, without prejudice.

Duffy new Absolut boss

10 October, 2012

Pernod Ricard has announced that Paul Duffy has been appointed chairman & CEO of Absolut.

A series of actions designed to strengthen and expand existing efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, have been agreed by the world’s leading producers of beer, wine and spirits.

on 05 October, 2012

Last night Indian whisky producer, John Distilleries, unveiled its first single cask whisky in London recently.

US: Olmeca tequila rolls out

01 October, 2012

Pernod Ricard USA is rolling out the distribution of its Olmeca Altos tequila brand.

The rum diary

01 October, 2012

Hamish Smith unravels the complex politics of a diverse spirit

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William Grant is doing a job on Tullamore Dew, the Irish whiskey brand it bought a couple of years ago from C&C, owners of the Magners cider brand.

The Martell XO Architect Edition by Christian de Portzamparc will debut in Hong Kong International Airport this month.

Chivas Brothers boss Christian Porta has told journalists and analysts today that the next significant development for its scotch whisky business will be to build a new distillery.

Pernod Ricard has achieved its highest-level of growth since before the global recession, thanks to strong sales in Asia and a rallying performance in mature markets.  

Patrick Ricard dies aged 67

20 August, 2012

Patrick Ricard the titular head of the Pernod Ricard family, has died. He was 67. Cause of death has not been disclosed but it is believed to be a heart attack.

Jacob’s Creek, the leading Australian wine brand, is to sponsor the UK’s leading chat show.

Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement with Arcus-Gruppen for the sale of the Danish aquavit brands Aalborg and Brøndums, the German brand Malteserkreuz Aquavit and the Danish bitter brand Gammel Dansk.

Havana Club owners Cuba Ron and Pernod Ricard are lobbying for the creation of a geographical denomination for Cuban rum.

Coffee liqueur brand Kahlúa is adding 200ml “Cans-To-Go” in three flavours to its pre-mixed cocktail portfolio.

Pernod Ricard has announced the name of the Cuban rum brand that will appear in the US, should the trade embargo ever be lifted.

China is the key for any global company and it is as important now as the US was in the past, according to speakers at the inaugural Worshipful Company of Distillers' city debate.

Pernod Ricard UK has promoted Chris Ellis to the role of commercial director of wines, with effect from July 1, 2012. 

Pernod Ricard USA will launch Malibu Melon Margarita in May, an addition to its off-trade-focused Malibu Cocktails pre-mixed range.

Pernod Ricard has announced the launch of Malibu Sunshine, a citrus edition of the rum and coconut liqueur.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled an initiative titled ‘Building Premium Wine Brands’, to bring growth back to the UK light wine sector.

Pernod Ricard UK is hoping the release of Absolut London in time for the Olympics and the Queen’s diamond jubilee will lift sales of the brand by 10%.

Pernod Ricard has launched a new expression of its Martell cognac to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Martell Cordon Bleu. Cordon Bleu Centenary limited edition has launched in Asia duty free.

Pernod Ricard USA has announced the appointment of Southern Wine & Spirits of America as its spirits and wine distributor in the state of Washington.

Pernod Ricard UK has announced the following senior appointments within its executive committee and senior management group with immediate effect.

Pernod Ricard UK has announced the launch of a Beefeater ‘Forever London’ limited-edition pack, aimed at celebrating the brand’s heritage.

Pernod Ricard has announced a marketing partnership between Jacob’s Creek and former tennis player Andre Agassi.

Pernod Ricard will release Irish whiskey Redbreast 12 Cask Strength to the US in February, following the expression’s September launch to Ireland, Germany and France.

Pernod Ricard has furthered its line of Absolut Vodka flavours with the launch of Miami and Gräpevine to the US market.

Cognac house Martell has announced it will unveil the first expression of its Millésimes Collection in Asian duty free on November 23.

Pernod Ricard USA has announced a tie-up with US R&B artist Ne-Yo for the launch of Malibu Red, a liqueur made from rum and tequila. 

Irish Distillers launched the latest expression of its leading Irish whiskey brand, Jameson, in a 'softly softly' roll out in Brooklyn last night.

Pernod Ricard has announced a number of staff changes.

Pernod Ricard has added to its ever-widening stable of Absolut limited editions with the release of Absolut Mode to global travel retail (GTR) for the run up to Christmas.

Pernod Ricard is pinning hopes of further growth on the US, central and South America to undermine Diageo’s position as the number one drinks company in the world.

The importance of the so-called emerging markets such as those in China, India, was underlined by the Pernod Ricard management  team in individual briefings in London today (Tuesday September 6), following the announcement of the group’s annual results last week.

Absolut reports 6% growth

02 September, 2011

Absolut Vodka, part of the Pernod Ricard group, has revealed that its annual sales value and volume grew by 6% during the period July 1 2010 to June 30 2011. 

Pernod posts 7% sales growth

01 September, 2011

Pernod Ricard has posted annual organic sales growth of 7% to achieve a turnover of €7.6b.

Pernod Ricard has announced a joint venture with Tequila Avión to produce and promote the ‘ultra-premium’ tequila brand Avión.

Irish Distillers CEO Alexandre Ricard (pictured) is to leave his post to join Pernod’s group general management team in Paris.

Pernod Ricard has announced the disposal, by its affiliate Pernod Ricard Europe, of its shares in Georgian Wine and Spirits LLC to JSC Marussia (Georgia).

Chivas Brothers, the premium gin and scotch whisky arm of Pernod Ricard, has launched a gin website, www.ginandtales.com.

Pernod Ricard has announced the sale of its minority shareholding in Suntory Holdings, which stands at around 1%.

Pernod Ricard  is to donate ¥ 60 million (€ 525,000) to support the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief effort.

Europe: Pernod Ricard has resumed the supply of Malibu after stopping it due to a ‘fluctuation in the coconut flavour’.

Pernod Ricard has reported a sales increase of 13% to €4.28 billion in its half year results.

The Supreme Court of Spain has ruled in favour of Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government in the Havana Club trademark dispute with Bacardi.

Pernod Ricard has announced the completion of the sale, by its affiliate Pernod Ricard New Zealand, of Lindauer and other New Zealand wine brands from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay together with their inventories and assets.

Jameson hits 3 million cases

08 December, 2010

Jameson has reached three million nine litre case sales (MAT ending October 31). According to the brand, growth in the US, Jameson’s largest export market, contributed to its milestone success, with one million cases sold.

Pernod sets up wine division

27 October, 2010

Following a strategic review of its global operations, Pernod Ricard has confirmed that its key international wine properties will be grouped and managed under one business – Premium Wine Brands.

Altia has signed an agreement to acquire cognac brand Renault from Pernod Ricard for a cash consideration of €10m.

Pernod Ricard has agreed a six-month sponsorship deal with UK TV channel Dave for its Australian wine brand Jacob’s Creek.

Pernod Ricard has announced the disposal, by its subsidiary Domecq Bodegas, of Spanish wine brands Marqués de Arienzo and Viña Eguίa. The sale also includes the related Bodega and 358 hectares of vineyards and lands.

Pernod Ricard has sold its shares in Ambrosio Velasco to Diego Zamora for €33.1 million (excluding debt).

The 2010 Drinks International Millionaires research has been compiled. Based on sales volumes for 2009, this year saw a record number of brands on the list – 162.

Pernod Ricard UK has launched a bartender networking and knowledge sharing website.

Pernod Ricard has decided to dump the Montana brand name and re-name New Zealand’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott Estate.

US: Pernod Ricard and Russian Standard Vodka have reached a settlement of claims brought by Russian Standard against Pernod Ricard. According to Pernod Ricard, the dispute revolved mainly around the allegations brought by Russian Standard Vodka and Roust Trading Limited pursuant to which promoting Stolichnaya as "Russian vodka" resulted in false advertising.

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