Brown-Forman and other publicly traded companies file an annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission that includes reams of facts, figures and other information. An essential section describes the business itself. This morning, the company filed its latest report; here’s the passage, slightly edited:
“Brown-Forman Corp. was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1933, successor to a business founded in 1870 as a partnership and later incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1901. We primarily manufacture, bottle, import, export, market, and sell a wide variety of alcoholic beverages under recognized brands. We employ over 4,600 people on six continents, including about 1,300 people in Louisville, home of our world headquarters. We are the largest American-owned spirits and wine company with global reach. We are a ‘controlled company’ under New York Stock Exchange rules, and the Brown family owns a majority of our voting stock.”
The company also published a summary of its brands:
“Beginning in 1870 with Old Forester Bourbon Whisky — our founding brand — and spanning the generations since, we have built a portfolio of more than 40 spirit, wine, and ready-to-drink cocktail brands that includes some of the best-known and most-loved trademarks in our industry. The most important brand in our portfolio is Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, which is the fourth-largest spirits brand of any kind and the largest American whiskey brand in the world, according to Impact Databank’s ‘Top 100 Premium Spirits Brands Worldwide’ list.”
Related: Fresh details emerge about the Brown family’s multibillion-dollar stake in the company now led by Chairman George Garvin Brown IV.