Born in Marseille in 1932, Ricard is the best-selling anise-flavored spirit in the world. Its peculiarity lies in its inimitable taste and in a unique production method guaranteeing the quality of this 100% natural product. Ricard is made up exclusively of natural ingredients (star anise, liquorice, plants from Provence). Flavor breeders regularly travel to southern China to acquire the best lots of star anise and to the Middle East the best licorice plants. In Provence, they select the aromatic plants that are part of Ricard's manufacturing secret. Ricard also uses "superfine alcohol" and filtered and softened water to obtain a pastis of great organoleptic purity.