HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has acquired St-Germain, the super-premium elderflower liqueur.
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"St-Germain is one of the most exciting brands in the industry today. Since its launch only six years ago as a modern liqueur with a delicious and distinctive taste, St-Germain has stayed true to its French craftsmanship, engaged the bartending community in a way that few spirits brands have, and won some of the industry's most prestigious awards," said Facundo L. Bacardi, Chairman of Bacardi Limited.Heralded as "one of the most influential cocktail components introduced in the last decade" (The New York Times, December 2009) and the go-to ingredient for top mixologists, St-Germain is currently available in all 50 states in the United States and has a growing presence in international markets. "I chose to work with Bacardi as we share many of the same cultural tenets. They are truly committed to quality, integrity and maintaining the energy and aura we have worked so hard to create. As a 150-year-old private and closely-held company that was founded on principles of quality, integrity and innovation, Bacardi is committed to the long-term. This allows Bacardi to have the latitude to maintain our 'stop at nothing' approach to our artisanal production process," said Robert Cooper, creator of St-Germain and President of The Cooper Spirits Company. "With Bacardi's help, St-Germain can now become a truly international brand. That's something that would have been difficult for me to achieve as a small, creative brand-building company." St-Germain has become a favorite of bartenders and top mixologists. Mr. Cooper will continue as guardian and inspiration of the artisanal super-premium liqueur, working hand-in-hand with the Bacardi organization and bartenders around the world. With backing by Bacardi, the bartender development and recognition programs Mr. Cooper developed with St-Germain will further flourish.