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CUBA/FRANCE: Havana Club passes 3m case mark

18 Feb 2008

Havana Club International , the company which manages Cuban-produced rum Havana Club worldwide, has announced that sales have passed 3m cases, a rise of 15% over the past year.

US: Pernod lobbied government on trade issues

14 Feb 2008

Pernod Ricard was reported to have spent US$1.3m lobbying the US government on issues including trade with Cuba in the last year.

SPAIN: Havana Club International unveils two new websites

23 Apr 2007

Havana Club International has launched two new websites to attract consumers to the Cuban lifestyle.

Pot of Gould – Bacardi and Pernod duke it out in Havana

5 Apr 2007

Bacardi has been engaged in a legal battle with Pernod Ricard over the rights to the Havana Club trademark for years. But Patience Gould believes the US-based spirits giant is shooting itself in the foot, appearing to be a corporate bully while drawing attention to the primary characteristic that sets Havana Club apart from its own world-beating brand - its Cuban origin.

SPAIN: Bacardi to appeal Havana Club ruling

9 Mar 2007

Bacardi is looking to take its bid for the Spanish rights to Havana Club rum to the country’s Supreme Court.

SPAIN: Appeals court backs Pernod in rum row

8 Mar 2007

An appeals court in Spain has thrown out a bid from Bacardi to claim the local trademark rights to Havana Club rum.

UK: Pernod enjoys happy Christmas in UK off-trade

19 Feb 2007

Pernod Ricard is toasting a strong performance in the UK off-trade over the Christmas period.

CUBA: Havana Club plans dark rums distillery

10 Jan 2007

Havana Club International, the rum joint venture between Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government, plans to open a distillery on the island.

UK: New Havana Club offering hits UK

17 Nov 2006

Havana Club International is to launch a brand extension in the UK.

CANADA: Tia Maria sale boosts Corby Q3 leap

15 Nov 2006

Corby Distilleries has posted a huge leap in third-quarter income, driven by the sale of its stake in the Tia Maria Group in the period.

The just-drinks interview - Patrick Ricard

11 Oct 2006

A major takeover, persistent speculation about further acquisitions and most recently a legal wrangle with a prominent competitor over the ownership of a key brand have made the past year or so fairly eventful for Patrick Ricard. So Pernod Ricard’s veteran CEO and chairman had plenty to talk about when Olly Wehring met him in Paris last month.

CANADA: Pernod and Corby complete deal

2 Oct 2006

Pernod Ricard has closed its transaction with Corby Distilleries in Canada.

CANADA: Corby, Pernod deal set to be sealed

1 Sep 2006

Corby Distilleries has said it expects its moves to work closer with Pernod Ricard in Canada to be complete by the end of the month.

CUBA: New chief set for Havana Club

24 Aug 2006

Havana Club International, the rum joint venture between Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government, is set to welcome a new managing director.

What happened when? The history of Havana Club

18 Aug 2006

Like most legal battles, the row over Havana Club between Bacardi and Pernod Ricard has enough twists and turns to get even the smartest drinks exec in a state. So, sit back, relax and take a look through this chronology of what happened to Havana Club and when.

The Losh Cause – Havana Clubs

18 Aug 2006

With the battle between Pernod Ricard and Bacardi over the name Havana Club entering a new phase following Bacardi’s decision to launch its own rum of the same name in the US, Chris Losh asks whether Bacardi’s move is a legitimate step by a wronged company or a cynical attempt to cash in on another brand’s success.

UPDATE: Pernod clarifies Bacardi lawsuit

16 Aug 2006

Pernod Ricard has clarified details of its lawsuit against Bacardi. The French company said today (16 August) that it believes Bacardi is misleading consumers by relaunching a rum called Havana Club when its version is made in Puerto Rico. Pernod also disputes Bacardi’s claims to be the owner of the brand in the US.

US: Bacardi dismisses Pernod rum lawsuit

16 Aug 2006

Bacardi has promised to “vigorously defend” its position in the battle over Havana Club rum after Pernod Ricard stung the company with a lawsuit.

FRANCE: Pernod insists global rum rights are safe

10 Aug 2006

Pernod Ricard has shrugged off the threat of possible moves by Bacardi to contest the global rights to the rum brand Havana Club.

FRANCE: Pernod comes out guns blazing on Havana Club

9 Aug 2006

Pernod Ricard has come out fighting against the trademark ruling on Havana Club in the US. The French company confirmed yesterday (8 August) that its rum arm had been notified by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that it was not allowed to renew its trademark registration in the US.

US: Bacardi relaunches Havana Club

8 Aug 2006

Spirits giant Bacardi is set to relaunch Havana Club in the US.

CANADA: Corby, Pernod deal faces delay

30 Jun 2006

An agreement between Corby Distilleries and Pernod Ricard announced in March has been delayed.

FRANCE: Pernod launches global Havana Club campaign

22 May 2006

Pernod Ricard has launched the first international advertising campaign for rum brand Havana Club.

FRANCE: Spirits drive Pernod sales growth

11 May 2006

Pernod Ricard’s spirits portfolio has driven rising sales for the first nine months of its financial year, the French drinks giant said today (11 May).

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