Pernod Ricard USA® Wins Top Honors at Leading Spirits Competitions
* Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release.
http://pdf.reuters.com/htmlnews/8knews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130328:nBw286276a NEW YORK--(Business Wire)-- Pernod Ricard USA, the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., 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. About Pernod Ricard USA Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, which employs more than 18,000 people worldwide and is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI). The company`s leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut Vodka, Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Malibu, Kahlúa Liqueur, Beefeater Gin, Plymouth Gin, Seagram`s Extra Dry Gin, Martell Cognac, Hiram Walker Liqueurs, Pernod, Ricard and Avión Tequila (through a joint venture with Tequila Avión); such superior wines as Jacob's Creek and Brancott Estate; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët Champagne, G.H. Mumm Champagne and Mumm Napa sparkling wines. Pernod Ricard USA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 850 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org. Pernod Ricard USA Marissa Frisina, 914-848-4782 email@example.com or NOVA Marketing Services Liz Benyon, 203-254-8225 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2013