Our History

In 1887, Luther Perrigo, the proprietor of a general store and apple-drying business, had the idea to package and distribute patented medicines and household items for country stores. Located in Allegan, Michigan, the L. Perrigo Company enjoyed steady growth and, by the early 1920s, as many as 50 Perrigo salesmen were calling on rural stores throughout the Midwest.

The company then leveraged the "private label" concept as a way to build customer loyalty. For no additional cost, Perrigo offered to imprint the individual store's name on the labels for epsom salts, sweet oil, bay rum and dozens of other wet and dry goods stocked in general stores of that era.

In the mid-1930s, the company signed its first, large private-label customer and began manufacturing. The company continued its U.S. growth before establishing a global footprint with acquisitions in Mexico, the UK, Israel and India.

Perrigo's presence in the UK was established in 2001 with the acquisition of Wrafton Laboratories Ltd. and solidified with the subsequent acquisitions of Peter Black Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in 2003, Galpharm Healthcare, Ltd. in 2008, and Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in 2013.

Through the years, the company founded by Luther Perrigo has grown in size and scope to become a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter and generic prescription (Rx) pharmaceuticals, infant formulas, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic products.

In 2013, Perrigo solidified its global foothold by acquiring Elan Corporation plc through formation of a new holding company, Perrigo Company plc, now headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

Yet, as we have grown, we have remained true to Luther's vision to provide affordable healthcare products to consumers worldwide.

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