A.S. 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 largest international health & beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, with a network of over 11,400 retail stores in 21 countries worldwide. With a workforce of over 110,000 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 the region with Watsons Water and Mr. Juicy being the flagship brands in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

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