NEW YORK, NY – Pernod Ricard USA, the premium spirits and wine company in the United States, is proud to be honored as the 2011 recipient of the Directors Award for Excellence in Consistence of Quality by the esteemed founders and judges of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In addition to this great honor, 11 of Pernod Ricard’s premium brands were awarded top in class, Double Gold Medals, in their respective categories.
Pernod Ricard’s powerful Irish portfolio including Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve, Powers 12 Year Old, Redbreast 12 Year Old and Redbreast 15 Year Old, once again, led the way claiming four Double Gold Medals at the prestigious competition. “Irish Whiskey remains the fastest growing spirits category in the U.S. and Pernod Ricard USA has the most powerful portfolio of superior quality Irish Whiskey brands, bar none,” said Wayne Hartunian, Vice President of Marketing for Whiskies, Pernod Ricard USA. “Not only is Jameson the clear market leader and primary driver of Irish category growth but it is also the fastest growing premium spirit brand in the U.S.”
In addition to the Irish brand winners, ABSOLUT Ruby Red, Martell XO Cognac, Chivas Regal 25 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, and single malt Scotch whiskies - Aberlour 16 Year Old, Aberlour 18 Year Old, The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nadurra and The Glenlivet 18 Year Old - took home Double Gold Awards reinforcing Pernod Ricard’s commitment to bringing brands of outstanding quality and integrity to market.
The San Francisco competition is the oldest, largest, and most recognized spirits competition in the United States. This year, 33 prominent spirits experts convened to judge more than 1,100 spirit products from around the world. “It is an honor to receive the Directors Award and eleven Double Gold Medal honors from the SF World Spirits Competition judging panel,” added Steve Walkerwicz, VP Trade Marketing, Pernod Ricard USA. “Recognition from this esteemed organization is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of our entire portfolio.”