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Robert J. Cooper, Founder of the Popular St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, 39, Dies

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Robert J. Cooper introduced the world to the now popular liqueur, and his cause of death is as of yet unknown

Robert J. Cooper wanted to bring the popular liqueur of London to the States.

Elderflower liqueur is the fragrant spirit that practically singlehandedly transformed the dying liqueur industry. Cooper, 39, the founder of the award-winning St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, died this week of unknown causes.

His legacy is one of ingenious marketing that began as his brand was introduced in 2007 and quickly picked up speed in the cocktails and spirits circles. Cooper was born into the spirits world. His family owned Charles Jacquin et Cie, an old liquor house in Philadelphia, and when Cooper left the family business to start his own featuring the odd elderflower liqueur that was popular across the pond, his father did not approve, according to The New York Times.

About a year after St-Germain was born, the name became ubiquitous with the liqueur itself, and in 2012, his product was so popular, that he sold the name to Bacardi for an undisclosed (but hefty), sum.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

“It was lucky,” Cooper at one time told The New York Times. “They wanted something different they could work with that had integrity. Now you can go to Whole Foods and get elderflower soft drinks.”


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


St-Germain creator Robert J. Cooper dies

Robert J. Cooper has passed away aged 39

His death was confirmed to the New York Times by Robyn Greene, senior vice president at family-owned business, the Cooper Spirits Company. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Cooper was a director at the Cooper Spirits Company and he launched St-Germain to global success in 2007.

Renowned for both his business acumen and creativity, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi in 2012 for a rumoured seven-figure sum.

“We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Cooper, founder of St-Germain,” said Ned Duggan, vice president, St-Germain, at Bacardi.

“Rob was a true visionary, creating one of the most beloved liqueurs to be introduced in recent years. We were honoured to have worked with him over the past several years. His memory and legacy will live on through the innumerable contributions he made to this industry, and especially through his beloved bartending community.”

Bartenders and other industry figures have taken to social media to pay tribute to the drinks entrepreneur.

“I learnt so much from him, his genius and his creativity has always been an inspiration and he has been a true mentor,” Camille Vidal, global brand ambassador for St-Germain, wrote on Facebook.

“Shocking and very, very sad to lose my friend Rob Cooper, a smart and charming man with a rare sense of mischief,” tweeted David Wondrich, noted drinks historian and writer.

Sovereign Wine & Spirits Canada founder Jon Smolensky also tweeted: “Rob Cooper was a pioneer who changed this industry. His accomplishments were signposts to all that bartenders will support a good idea. RIP.”

“We had a lot of interest from companies to buy St-Germain, but I selected Bacardi as the company I wanted to divest to because I felt they were going to nurture the brand and not commercialise or mass produce it, nor try to take advantage of some kind of economic opportunity.”

He said the highlight of his career was “seeing the happiness wash across people’s faces as they drink St-Germain. I love hearing the stories of how much they love St-Germain. It is very nice, and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and reward.”

Cooper is survived by his wife Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte.


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