AS Watson Group is one of the longest established and best known trading names in Asia. The company began as a small dispensary in Guangzhou, China in 1828. By 1841, the company had moved to Hong Kong and established the Hong Kong Dispensary. It also became one of the first companies in the world to produce carbonated soft drinks.

Today, ASW is the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer, with a network of over 16,500 offline and online retail stores in 28 markets worldwide. With a workforce of about 130,000 staff, ASW’s portfolio encompasses some of Asia’s top retail brands. These include health & beauty specialist Watsons, PARKnSHOP supermarket, FORTRESS electrical appliances chain and Watson’s Wine. ASW is also a major manufacturer, and distributor of water products and beverages in Hong Kong and Mainland China, with Watsons Water and Mr. Juicy being the flagship brands.

In Europe, the Group operates a number of health & beauty retail brands, chains including Kruidvat, Superdrug, Rossmann, Savers, Trekpleister, Drogas and Watsons. In addition, it also owns two luxury perfumeries and cosmetics retail brands ICI PARIS XL and The Perfume Shop.