The Rémy Cointreau Group, whose charentaise origins date back to 1724, is the result of the merger in 1990 of the holding companies of the Hériard Dubreuil and Cointreau families, which controlled E. Rémy Martin & Cie SA and Cointreau & Cie SA respectively.
It is also the result of successive alliances between companies operating in the same wines and spirits business segment.
Rémy Cointreau’s portfolio of global brands is sold primarily through its own distribution network, which comprises subsidiaries in the United States, Asia, and Western and Central Europe.
Key dates in the history of the Rémy Cointreau Group
Acquisition by André Renaud of E. Rémy Martin & Cie SA
André Hériard Dubreuil takes over from his father-in-law, André Renaud
Creation of Rémy Martin’s international distribution network
Creation by Rémy Martin of the French-Chinese joint venture Dynasty Winery in partnership with the city of Tianjin (China)
Acquisition by the Rémy Martin Group of Charles Heidsieck champagne
Acquisition by the Rémy Martin Group of Piper-Heidsieck champagne
Acquisition by the Rémy Martin Group of Mount Gay Rum
Transfer by Pavis SA of the Rémy Martin shares to Cointreau & Cie SA
Adoption by the Group of the corporate name of Rémy Cointreau
Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil becomes Chairman of Rémy Cointreau
Establishment of the Maxxium distribution joint venture with three partners, the Rémy Cointreau Group, the Edrington Group and Jim Beam Brands Worldwide (Fortune Brands)
Acquisition of Bols Royal Distilleries including, in particular, the Bols and Metaxa brand
Acquisition of Bols Royal Distilleries including, in particular, the Bols and Metaxa brands
Initial public offering of Dynasty Fine Wines Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Disposal of Bols’ Polish operations to CEDC
Disposal of the Dutch and Italian liqueurs and spirits operations
Decision by Rémy Cointreau to resume full control over its distribution by March 2009
Year of transition towards exiting Maxxium and the establishment of a new direct distribution organisation
30 March: Rémy Cointreau exits the Maxxium distribution joint venture
1 April: Rémy Cointreau controls 80% of its distribution
8 July: Rémy Cointreau sells its Champagne division to EPI. Rémy Cointreau continues to be the sole distributor of Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck, as well as Piper Sonoma (the US sparkling wine brand).
3 September : acquisition of the Bruichladdich Distillery, which produces single malt scotch whisky on the isle of Islay in Scotland.18 december : acquisition of the cognac company Larsen
10 June : Rémy Cointreau signs an agreement to sell parts of the Larsen company's assets to the Nordic group Altia