The Hebei Hengshui Laobaigan Alcohol (Group) Co is a key State-owned enterprise in the city of Hengshui, Hebei province. It was established out of the Hebei Hengshui Laobaigan Distillery in November 1996, with 18 traditional workshops purchased by the government in 1946.
Over time, Hengshui Laobaigan has become Hebei’s key alcoholic drinks producer and the largest Laobaigan maker in China, with one listed company and two wholly-owned subsidiaries. It employs nearly 4,000 people and has total assets above 1.2 billion yuan ($187.8 million). It annually produces 55,000 tons of high-quality laobaigan liquor, with around 2-billion yuan in annual sales and 250 million yuan in profits.
The laobaigan distilling dates back to the Han Dynasty (220BC - 9AD), and reached its height in the Tang Dynasty (AD618-907). It got its current name during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The group is now trying to balance modern management and traditional techniques, with product quality greatly improved along with the variety. The group has over 100 types of products under its Hengshui Loabaigan brand and a health tonic with Health Ministry approval.
Awards and honors:
1915: Hengshui Laobaigan liquor gets gold medal at the Panama Pacific International Exposition.
2004: Hengshui Laobaigan liquor gets Well-known Trademark recognition from the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, and “laobaigan” categories are recognized as an alcohol type by the National Standards Commission.
2005: Group is named an industrial tourism destination by the National Tourism Administration.
2006: Hengshui Laobaigan is named one of China’s first Time-honored brandsp, with Commerce Ministry recognition.
2007: Group’s “pure grain liquor fermentation” passes national assessment.
2008: Hengshui Laobaigan liquor technique gets national cultural heritage approval from Culture Ministry.
October 2007: Group's “Eighteen Wine Workshops” is named a well-known Chinese trademark, as is Hengghui Laobaigan.
2010: Hengshui Laobaogan liquor wins gold medal from the UN.
The group itself has also won many honors, including Chinese Outstanding Food Company, Quality-trustworthy Enterprise and Good Standardization Practice enterprise.