Enric Bernat (businessman)

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Enric Bernat
Enrique Bernat Fontlladosa (MUNCYT, Eulogia Merle).jpg
Portrait of Enrique Bernat Fontlladosa. Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, Eulogia Merle.
Enric Bernat Fontlladonosa

(1923-10-20)20 October 1923
Barcelona, Spain
Died27 December 2003(2003-12-27) (aged 80)
OccupationScientist and businessperson
EmployerChupa Chups
Spouse(s)Nuria Sierra

Enric Bernat Fontlladonosa (Catalan pronunciation: [ənˈriɡ bəɾˈnat], 20 October 1923 – 27 December 2003) was the founder of the Chupa Chups lollipop company.[1]


Bernat was the child of a confectioner Catalan family in the third generation and started his working life in his parents' cake shop.[2] In the early 1950s he went to north Spain to revive an apple jam factory.[2] As he introduced later his idea of lollipops to the investors, they left. Bernat took over the company in 1958 and renamed it to Chupa Chups.[3] In 1969 Salvador Dalí was paid a fortune to do the logo.[4][5]

In the 1980s, Bernat failed a take-over of the insurance company Iberia de Seguros to fund a new Catalan investment bank.[2] Despite the loss, he gained ownership of Gaudi's Casa Batlló.[2] In 1991, he passed formal control of Chupa Chups to his son Xavier.[2] The Smint subsidiary brand/company was founded in 1994.[6]

Together with his wife Nuria Serra he had three sons and two daughters, all surviving him.[2]

Bernat died aged 80 at home in Barcelona on 27 December 2003, from an illness.[7][8] A hundred people attended his funeral in Les Corts.[9]

In 2006, Chupa Chups was sold to Italian company Perfetti van Melle by Bernat's sons.[10][11][12]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Enric Bernat, fundador de Chupa Chups" [Enric Bernat, founder of Chupa Chups]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Mundinteractivos, S.A. 30 December 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eaude, Michael (3 January 2004). "Enric Bernat". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Brotons, Ròmul (2010). El triomf de la imaginació, 60 invents que han canviat el món (o gairebé) [The triumph of the imagination, 60 inventions that have changed the world (or almost)] (in Catalan). Barcelona: Albertí Editor. p. 49-50. ISBN 978-84-7246088-1. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ H. Vázquez, Carlos (2 July 2015). "Cuando Dalí reinventó Chupa Chups" [When Dalí reinvented Chupa Chups]. Forbes (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. ^ Barud, Bibiñe (23 January 2018). "Salvador Dalí diseñó el logo de las paletas Chupa Chups y... no hay nada más surreal que eso" [Salvador Dalí designed the logo for the Chupa Chups lollipops and ... there is nothing more surreal than that]. BuzzFeed (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Our History". Perfetti Van Melle.
  7. ^ Valero, J.C. (29 December 2003). "Muere Enric Bernat, fundador de la multinacional española Chupa Chups" [Enric Bernat, founder of the Spanish multinational Chupa Chups, dies]. ABC (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Fallece a los 80 años Enric Bernat, el fundador de Chupa Chups" [Enric Bernat, the founder of Chupa Chups, dies at 80]. El País (in Spanish). Barcelona: PRISA. 28 December 2003. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ Europa Press (29 December 2003). "Medio centenar de personas asisten al funeral de Enric Bernat, fundador de Chupa Chups" [Fifty people attend the funeral of Enric Bernat, founder of Chupa Chups]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 30 May 2006.
  10. ^ "Las 70 familias de caciques que dominan España" [The 70 families of caciques that dominate Spain]. La Republica (in Spanish). 11 August 2013. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Enric Bernat, 80; Creator of Famous Spanish Lollipop". Los Angeles Times. 1 January 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "By the Numbers". Forbes. 18 March 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2021.