Group History

1937
1930s

1935
William Magner founds business

1937
Rights to produce and market Bulmers in Republic of Ireland acquired

  • 1930s

    1935
    William Magner founds business

    1937
    Rights to produce and market Bulmers in Republic of Ireland acquired

  • 1960s

    1960
    Ownership rights to Bulmers trademark in Republic of Ireland acquired

  • 1970s

    1970
    Grants of Ireland acquired (wines and spirits). Hollywood and Donnelly acquired (wines and spirits in Northern Ireland)

    1979
    Launch of Carolans Irish Cream

  • 1980s

    1980
    Irish Mist acquired (liqueur company)

    1986
    Ross Cochrane acquired (wholesale alcohol in Northern Ireland). WJ Dwan acquired (wholesale alcohol)

  • 1990s

    1990
    Majority interest in Barbero SpA acquired (liqueur business in Italy)

    1991
    Barbieri Ltd acquired (aperitif business in Italy)

    1993
    Ballygowan acquired (bottled water)

    1994
    Tullamore Dew acquired (Irish whiskey)

    1995
    Aquaporte acquired (dispensed water)

    1998
    Allied Domecq acquired 100% of C&C

    1999
    Funds advised by BC Partners, their co-investors and management acquired C&C from Allied Domecq. Tayto acquired (potato crisps and snack foods)

  • 2000s

    2000
    Buy out of minority shareholding in Barbero

    2001
    Findlaters acquired (wines)

    2003
    Sale of 100% of Barbero SpA to Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. C&C retained the Frangelico liqueur brand

    2004
    Flotation of C&C group plc on the Irish Stock Exchange

    2005
    Disposal of Snacks division to Largo Food Export Limited

    2007
    Disposal of Soft drinks and related assets to Britvic plc

    2009
    Irish, Northern Irish and Scottish businesses of Anheuser-Busch InBev, including the Tennent's brands, acquired

  • 2010s

    2010
    Gaymer Cider Company business acquired

    2010
    Disposal of Spirits & Liqueurs Division to Wm. Grant & Sons Holding Ltd.

    2011
    Acquisition of Hornsby’s, the number two domestic US cider brand

    2012
    Acquisition of Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, makers of Woodchuck, the number one domestic US cider brand

    2013
    Acquisition of Gleeson Group, Ireland’s leading drinks wholesaler and producers of Tipperary Water

    2013
    Acquisition of 50% stake in Wallaces Express, Scottish drinks wholesalers

    2014
    Acquisition of remaining 50% stake in Wallaces Express

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