The origin of CCU’s centuries-old tradition dates back to 1850, when Joaquín Plagemann founded in Valparaiso the first brewery in Chile. In 1902, Compañía Cervecerías Unidas S.A. was formed from the joint venture between the Brewery Plagemann, the Brewery Limache and Brewery and Ice Factory Gubler and Cousino, giving rise to the company which later became a leader in the beer business in Chile.
Currently, CCU is a public company whose shares are traded on the stock markets of Chile and the New York Stock Exchange. Its principal shareholders are Quiñenco S.A., a holding of the Luksic family, and Heineken Chile Ltda, who, through Inversiones y Rentas S.A., have 60% ownership of the Company. The remaining shares are divided between ADR’s (14.7%) and other minority shareholders (25.3%).
CCU is a diversified beverage company operating in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay. CCU is the largest Chilean brewer, the second-largest Chilean carbonated soft drinks producer, the largest Chilean water and nectar producer, and the largest pisco producer. It is the second-largest Argentine brewer, and participates in the beer, water and soft drinks industries in Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia, and in the beer industry in Colombia. It is one of the largest Chilean wine producers, and the second-largest Chilean wine exporter.
The Company´s principal licensing, distribution and / or and joint venture agreements include Heineken Brouwerijen B.V., Anheuser-Busch Incorporated, PepsiCo Inc., Seven-up International, Schweppes Holdings Limited, Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Pernod Ricard Chile S.A., Watt´s S.A., and Coors Brewing Company.
CCU has over 8,186 employees and produces over 24.8 million hectoliters of beverages, serving over 286,000 customers in Chile and Argentina.