Pernod Ricard USA® Wins Top Honors at Leading Spirits Competitions

Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:48pm EDT

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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

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:

Pernod Ricard USA
Marissa Frisina, 914-848-4782
NOVA Marketing Services
Liz Benyon, 203-254-8225

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