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Pernod Ricard USA Wins Top Honors at Leading Spirits Competitions

April 1, 2013


Pernod Ricard USA is proud to announce that it has been named “Importer of the Year” by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which also awarded “Best in Class” prizes to Pernod Ricard’s ABSOLUT ELYX, Beefeater Gin and Pernod Absinthe.

In addition, the company won “Chairman’s Trophy” awards for Jameson® 18 YO Blended Irish Whiskey, Redbreast® 15 YO Irish Pot Still Whiskey and Royal Salute™ 21 YO Blended Scotch Whisky at the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

“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. “Clearly, the anticipation of our soon-to-be-introduced, ultrapremium ABSOLUT ELYX just got even stronger.  And our leadership in the whiskey category, where we have the leaders in the two fastest-growing segments – Irish Whiskey and Single Malt, with Jameson and The Glenlivet® – has been further solidified.”

At the renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Pernod Ricard USA’s premium portfolio won 45 medals, including the three Best in Class, 15 Double Gold Medals and 10 Gold Medals (see full list of these and other award winners below).

At the fourth annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge, held in New York City,  19 Pernod Ricard USA brands, including 12 whiskies, were selected as ‘Finalists’ in their respective categories (see list below) and 12 brands received an ‘Excellent, Highly Recommended’ designation.

“These awards speak volumes about the quality and range of our brands,” concluded Fry.   From premium to luxury, Pernod Ricard USA has an incredibly powerful portfolio.”

USC Chairman’s Trophy Award Recipients:

            ·      Jameson 18 YO Irish Whiskey

            ·      Redbreast 15 YO Irish Pot Still Whiskey

            ·      Royal Salute 21 YO Blended Scotch Whisky

USC Finalist Award Recipients:

·      Aberlour® 18 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky

·      Beefeater® London Dry Gin

·      Jameson® 12 YO Blended Irish

·      Jameson® Gold Blended Irish Whiskey

·      Midleton® Barry Crockett Legacy Blended Irish Whiskey

·      Olmeca® Altos Plata, 100% Agave Tequila

·      Olmeca® Altos Reposada, 100% Agave Tequila

·      Pernod® Absinthe

·      Pike Creek® Premium 10 YO Canadian Whisky

·      Plymouth® Gin

·      Plymouth® Sloe Gin

·      Plymouth® Navy Strength Gin

·      Redbreast® 12 YO Irish Pot Still Whiskey

·      Redbreast® Cask Strength 12 Years

·      Royal Salute™ 38 YO Blended Scotch Whisky

·      Chivas® 18 YO Blended Scotch Whisky

·      Chivas® 25 YO Blended Scotch Whisky

·      The Glenlivet® 18 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky

·      Wisers® 18 Years Old

SFWSC Best in Class Recipients:

             ·      Best Vodka: Absolut ELYX

             ·      Best Gin: Beefeater Dry Gin

             ·      Best Absinthe: Pernod Absinthe

SFWSC Double Gold Medal Recipients:

·      Absolut ELYX Vodka

·      Absolut® Vodka

·      Beefeater Dry Gin

·      Chivas Regal 18 YO Single Malt Scotch

·      Chivas Regal 25 YO Single Malt Scotch

·      Midleton Irish Whiskey, Barry Crockett Legacy

·      Plymouth Gin

·      Redbreast 15 YO Irish Whiskey

·      Royal Salute 21 YO Scotch

·      Royal Salute 38 YO Scotch

·      The Glenlivet 18 YO Single Malt Scotch

·      The Glenlivet® 21 YO Single Malt Scotch

·      Wiser's 18 Years Old

The Ultimate Beverage Challenge, founded in 2009 by F. Paul Pacult, David Talbot and Sue Woodley, is dedicated to establishing a new platinum standard of integrity and reliability in the industry while bringing meaningful and relevant results in order to recognize the highest degree of product quality

The San Francisco competition is the oldest, largest, and most recognized spirits competition in the United States. This year, thirty-three prominent spirits experts convened to judge more than 1,400 spirit products from around the world, the largest field in the competition’s history.


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