Apropos of nothing, it occurred to me that in the years following Prohibition, the North American liquor business was dominated by four companies, two American and two Canadian. The American companies were National and Schenley. The Canadians were Seagrams and Hiram Walker.
Where are they now?
Not one of the four still exists as an independent company. To the extent pieces of them live on in successor companies, National and Hiram live on in Fortune Brands/Jim Beam, while Seagrams and Schenley live on in Diageo. Smaller chunks live on in Pernod, Heaven Hill, Sazerac/Buffalo Trace, and Constellation/Barton.