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2013

Alliance Boots reaches 100% ownership of ANZAG

De-listing of ANZAG from Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Boots UK extends hearingcare partnership with Sonova

Walgreens and Alliance Boots announce strategic, long term relationship with AmerisourceBergen

ANZAG rebranded to Alliance Healthcare Deutschland

Equity interest in Galenica distributed to the Group's ultimate parent company

Alliance Boots reaches 100% ownership of Hedef Alliance (Turkey)

Alliance Boots reaches 100% ownership of Farmexpert (Romania)

2012

Celebration of the 200th Boots branded store opening in Thailand

ANZAG increases its stake in Farmexpert (Romanian wholesale subsidiary) to 80%

Alliance Healthcare Russia becomes an associate business

Alliance Boots and Walgreens agree to form strategic partnership to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise

Alliance Boots increases its stake in ANZAG to 96%

Completion of initial investment in strategic partnership between Alliance Boots and Walgreens

Alliance Boots and Walgreens set up a joint venture called Walgreens Boots Alliance Development as part of their strategic partnership's synergy programme

Alliance Boots reacquires Alliance Healthcare Russia

2011

Alliance Boots increases its shareholding in Hedef Alliance to 80%

Alliance Boots launches a five year charity partnership with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Charitable Trust

Membership of the pan-European Alphega Pharmacy network increases to over 4,000 pharmacies (France, Italy, Spain, UK, Czech Republic and Russia)

2010

100th ‘Boots apotek’ store opens in Norway

Alliance Boots becomes a majority shareholder in Hedef Alliance

Alliance Healthcare Italia becomes an associate business, with a 49% stake owned by Alliance Boots GmbH and a 51% stake owned by a company controlled by AB Acquisitions Holdings Limited

Alliance Boots and its shareholders increase their shareholding in ANZAG to 81.64%. In addition to Germany, ANZAG has pharmaceutical wholesale businesses in Lithuania and Romania and an associate in Croatia which also operates in Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Slovenia

2009

BCM, the Group's contract manufacturing business, becomes a standalone business within Alliance Boots

Merger of Boots Opticians and Dollond & Aitchison, forming the second largest optical chain in the UK

Celebration of the 160th Anniversary of the Boots brand

Roll-out of 'your local Boots pharmacy' branded format completed

2008

Alliance Boots forms a 50:50 joint venture with Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the fourth largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in China

Hedef Alliance, together with UCP, acquired a 30% stake in Hydra Pharm, an Algerian pharmaceutical wholesaler

Alliance Boots acquires Central Homecare, which provides home healthcare services to patients in the UK who require management of complex drug therapies

Acquisition of Megapharm in Germany, which provides a range of specialised wholesaling and logistics services for oncology products

Acquisition of Depolabo, a leading provider of pharmaceutical pre-wholesale and contract logistics services in France

Rebranding of stores in Norway commences

2007

Rebranding of the Alliance Pharmacy outlets as ‘your local Boots pharmacy’ commences in the UK

Alliance Boots is acquired by AB Acquisitions Limited

2006

Sale of Boots Healthcare International to Reckitt Benckiser completed

Alliance UniChem Plc merges with Boots Group PLC to form Alliance Boots plc

2005

Alliance UniChem enters a strategic partnership with Portugal's national association of pharmacies - Associação Nacional das Farmácias

Alliance UniChem acquires Alloga from Galenica

2004

Alliance UniChem increases shareholding in Andreae-Noris Zahn AG (ANZAG) to 29.99% of the equity (Germany)

2003

Alliance UniChem indirectly acquires 40% stake in Egyptian Wholesaler UCP via Hedef Alliance

2002

Alliance UniChem increases its stake in Hedef Alliance to 50%

2000

Acquisition of Alliance Apotekene pharmacies in Norway commences

Alliance UniChem acquires a 25% stake in leading Turkish pharmaceutical wholesaler, Hedef

Acquisition of Interpharm in The Netherlands (Pharmaceutical Wholesale)

Purchase of De Vier Vijzels in The Netherlands (Retail Pharmacy)

Boots opens 50th store in Thailand

1999

Partnership forged with Galenica AG, Switzerland

1998

Alliance UniChem acquires S.A.F.A. in Spain

1997

Joint venture between Alliance Santé and UniChem in Portugal approved

Alliance Santé merges with UniChem to form Alliance UniChem

Launch of Boots Advantage Card loyalty scheme

1996

Boots opens first store in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

1991

Alliance Santé formed from the merger between Alleanza Salute Italia, and ERPI and IFP, France (Pharmaceutical Wholesale)

UniChem purchases Moss Chemists

1982

Di Pharma founded by Ornella Barra in Italy (Pharmaceutical Wholesale)

1977

Alleanza Farmaceutica founded by Stefano Pessina in Italy (Pharmaceutical Wholesale)

1969

Ibuprofen launched in the UK (developed by Boots)

1939

Boots launches Soltan suncare range

1938

UniChem group is formed; its initial business being the wholesaling of pharmaceutical products to independent pharmacists

1935

Boots launches No7 cosmetics

1933

Boots opens its 1,000th store

1929

Boots opens its first building on the Beeston site in Nottingham

1927

Boots acquires Beeston site in Nottingham

1919

S.A.F.A created in Spain (Pharmaceutical Wholesale)

1915

Edgar Moss opens first pharmacy store in Feltham, Middlesex

1914

Boots now has over 550 stores across the UK selling a range of products well beyond that typically stocked by chemists. At the same time, Boots is increasingly manufacturing own brand products, supported by research into new pharmaceuticals

1896

Interpharm created in The Netherlands (Pharmaceutical Wholesale)

1881

Jesse Boot moves the business to larger premises, which was followed by further store openings in Nottingham, the first stores outside Nottingham opening in 1884, the same year that the first pharmacist was recruited

1870

The Boots business begins to develop under the management of Jesse Boot

1851

Maison Thomas founded in Agen, France (Pharmaceutical Wholesale)

1849

John Boot opens first Boots store, selling herbal remedies, in Goose Gate, Nottingham