Fortune Brands

Fortune Brands

company_name = Fortune Brands
company_type = Public (NYSE: [ FO] )
company_slogan = Leading consumer brands. Consistently strong results.
foundation = 1969
location = Deerfield, Illinois, USA
key_people = Norm Wesley, Chairman & CEO
industry = Green Inc.
num_employees = 34,000
products = Moen
Master Lock
Jim Beam
Knob Creek
Vox Vodka
El Tesoro

revenue = profit$7.32 billion USD (2004) []
homepage = []

Fortune Brands, NYSE|FO is a holding company founded in 1969 as "American Brands" and later re-named in 1997. The corporate headquarters are in Deerfield, Illinois in the United States.


The American Tobacco Company was founded in 1890, and in 1969 American Brands became its parent company.

Past divisions


In 1987 American Brands acquired ACCO, a holding company which owned several office supply subsidiaries, which included the Swingline brand. In 2005, the company spun-off ACCO to shareholders, and immediately thereafter ACCO merged with General Binding Corporation. This merged company is now known as ACCO Brands.

Present divisions

Golf Division

The Acushnet Company (purchased in 1976) is now Fortune Brands' golf division, producing golf balls, shoes, and clubs.

Fortune sold off the Acushnet Company's "Acushnet Rubber" division in 1985, which was Acushnet's original business (circa early 1900s).

The Golf Division is made up of the following companies:

* Titleist
* Cobra Golf
* FootJoy
* Pinnacle Golf
* Scotty Cameron Putters

Home and hardware

Included in this division are the following, which have annual sales of over $4 billion:
* Waterloo Industries
* Masterbrand Cabinets
** Aristokraft Cabinets
** Cabinets by Diamond
** Omega Cabinetry
** Home Crest Cabinets
** Schrock Cabinetry
** Kitchen Craft Cabinetry
** Decora
** Capital Cabinets
* Moen
* Fypon
* Therma-Tru Doors
* [ Simonton Windows]
*Master Lock
* American Lock
* Hy-Lite Products, Inc.


Fortune Brands maintains a stable of well known and spirits brands, led by Jim Beam. In July 2005, Fortune Brands and French spirits company Pernod Ricard acquired over 25 additional spirits and wine brands from British holding company Allied Domecq.

In November 2007, Constellation Brands announced a purchase of Fortune Brands' wine operations for $885 million USD, a transaction that added convert|1500|acre|km2 of vineyards, several major brands such as Clos du Bois, and 2.6 million cases per year of "super-premium" class wine production.


*Bourbons: Jim Beam, Jim Beam Black, Maker's Mark, Old Grand-Dad, Old Crow, Distillers' Masterpiece

*Small Batch Bourbons: Booker's, Baker's, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden's

*Blended Whiskies: Canadian Club, Teacher's, Whisky DYC, Windsor Canadian, Lord Calvert, Tangle Ridge, Alberta Springs, Kessler, Calvert Extra, Jim Beam Rye, Old Overholt, Furst Bismarck

*Single Malt Scotchs: Laphroaig, The Dalmore, Ardmore

*Tequilas: Sauza, El Tesoro de Don Felipe

*Cognacs: Courvoisier, Salignac

*Vodkas: VOX, Wolfschmidt, Kamchatka, Gilbey's

*Rums: Cruzan Rum, Ronrico

*Gins: Larios, Gilbey's, Calvert

*Brandies: Fundador, Terry Centenario, Jacobi 1880, Tres Cepas

*Cordials: DeKuyper, Starbucks Coffee Liqueur, Starbucks Cream Liqueur, Kamora, Kuemmerling, After Shock, Leroux, Castellana, Sourz

*Pre-Mixed Cocktails: Jim Beam & Cola, Jim Beam Black & Cola, Jim Beam Choice & Dry

*Ports: Cockburn's

*Sherries: Harveys


* [ Fortune Brands]

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