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Jim Beam is an American brand of bourbon whiskey produced in Clermont, Kentucky. It was one of the best selling brands of bourbon in the world in 2008. Since 1795 (interrupted by Prohibition), seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the company that produces the brand, which was given the name "Jim Beam" in 1933 in honor of James B. Beam, who rebuilt the business after Prohibition ended. The Jim Beam Bourbon brand is now owned and produced by Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), which is a company formed on October 4, 2011 from part of the holding company formerly known as Fortune Brands. Beam is headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, in Deerfield, Illinois. The Beam / Noe family that founded the business is still involved in the company. The company produces several varieties of bourbon, other spirits, and food products that include bourbon as an ingredient. Suntory Holdings, a Japanese brewing and distilling company group, announced plans to purchase Jim Beam on January 13, 2014 for $16 billion.