Allied Domecq PLC was an international company, headquartered in Bristol, United Kingdom, that operated spirits, wine, and quick service restaurant businesses. It was once a FTSE 100 Index constituent but has been acquired by Pernod Ricard.

Allied Domecq PLC
SuccessorPernod Ricard
HeadquartersBristol, United Kingdom



Allied Domecq was the result of a 1994 merger between Allied Lyons and Pedro Domecq S.A.[1] Allied Lyons itself was the result of a 1978 merger between Allied Breweries and the food and catering group J. Lyons and Co.[1][2]

In early 2005, a takeover bid for the company was launched by French-based rival Pernod Ricard S.A. Pernod Ricard successfully completed acquisition on 26 July 2005 and sold off the overlapping spirits brands to U.S.-based competitor Fortune Brands and British-based multinational Diageo.[3] On 12 December 2005, Pernod Ricard announced that it had agreed to sell the restaurant businesses (Dunkin' Brands) to a consortium of three US private equity firms (Thomas H. Lee Partners, the Carlyle Group and Bain Capital LLP) for $2.43 billion. The closing of the sale occurred on 1 March 2006.[4]

Portfolio at time of takeover


Allied Domecq's spirits division operated a combination of nine core global brands, plus a selection of local market leaders. Their product portfolio included:

Brands acquired by Fortune Brands:

  • Sauza Tequila
  • Courvoisier cognac
  • Canadian Club whisky
  • Clos du Bois and other Sonoma and Napa wine brands
  • Laphroaig malt whisky
  • Maker's Mark bourbon
  • Teacher's Highland Cream whisky
  • Cockburn's port
  • Harvey's Bristol Cream sherry
  • Larios gin
  • DYC whisky
  • Fundador Spanish brandy
  • Centenario Spanish brandy
  • Kuemmerling German bitters