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Bacardí blender: ‘Cuatro timing is just right’

The timing for the launch of Bacardí Añejo Cuatro earlier this month was ‘just right’ according to Bacardí’s Maestro De Ron, Juan Piñera Guevara.

Prince Charles re-visits Bundaberg Rum

His Royal Highness Prince Charles returned to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery after his first visit 24 years ago in 1994.

Alex Kratena to judge Bacardi Legacy 2018

Alex Kratena will be amongst the panel of judges taking part in the 10th edition of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in Mexico later this year.

Bacardi celebrates Back to the Bar festival

Yesterday (February 8) more than 5,000 Bacardi employees around the world finished work early to go for cocktails in more than 100 different bars.

Bacardi and Pernod Ricard feud over Havana Club heats up

Bacardi has issued a statement in response to Pernod Ricard’s claim that the new Havana Club “Forever Cuban” campaign is ‘misleading’.

Constellation Brands part acquires The Real McCoy rum

Constellation Brands has acquired a minority stake in rum brand The Real McCoy, and will handle distribution for the brand throughout the United States, and provide assistance with marketing and operations.

Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix gets new format

The 12th edition of the Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix, a biennial competition for bartenders from more than 40 countries globally, will have a new format putting the bartender centre stage throughout.

UK Bacardí Legacy champ calls for more Scottish heats

UK Bacardi Legacy champion Leon Back, of Panda & Sons bar in Edinburgh believes Scotland deserves more than one heat to qualify for UK finals of the competition.

Leon Back to represent UK at Bacardi Legacy world finals

Leon Back from Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons has been crowned UK winner of the Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition Northern Europe finals.

RumFest 2017 ready to go

The 11th edition of The RumFest will take place this weekend in London, hosted by global brand ambassador Ian Burrell.

Bacardi Legacy 2018 entries open

The Bacardi Legacy UK heats are open for registration across the country ahead of the 10th global final in Mexico City in 2018.

Bacardi Rum Round Table launches in London

Bacardi Limited has collaborated with Latin American restaurant group Coya, to produce the Rum Round Tale at Coya Angel Court, London.

Jamaica Inn Black Ginger Rum launches in UK

Jamaica Inn Black Ginger Rum (40%ABV) has been launched into the UK market by distributor Mangrove.

Cockspur is sold to Woodland Radicle

The Barbados rum brand Cockspur has been sold to Woodland Radicle, a company that specializes in brand creation and brand.

Cockspur Rum take over complete

Barbados produced Cockspur Rum has been sold to Woodland Radicle, a company with a global reputation in brand creation, brand building and activation of beverage brands.

DI names world’s top rum brands

Bacardi has regained its status as the world’s best-selling rum, leapfrogging Indian brand McDowell’s No.1 Celebration.

Ian Burrell calls for global regulation of rum

Global rum ambassador Ian Burrell says the rum category would benefit from having regulated classifications around the world.

Bayou Rum prepares for global distribution

US-based Bayou Rum has been recognised 98 times in competitions around the world and is preparing to branch into global markets throughout 2017.

Mezan launches three Caribbean rums

Carribean rum distiller Mezan has launched three vintage rums from Trinidad, Panama, and Jamaica which are now available worldwide.

DI Annual Bar Report: Rum

There’s a new name topping both lists but not much changed elsewhere. Holly Motion reports on the top 10s rums at the world's best bars

Spence takes top gong at Rum Barrel Awards

The Golden Rum Barrel awards returned on Sunday (October 23rd), celebrating the brands and people that have made a significant contribution to the rum industry.

Malibu connects to smartphones

Malibu, coconut-flavoured rum brand, is claiming a world first by launching bottles that are connected to deliver content directly to a smartphone.

The Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai finalists

Emporia Brands has announced the final four venues, which are in the final of the Chairman’s Reserve rum Mai Tai competition.

Q&A with Havana Club CEO Jérôme Cottin-Bizonne

Hamish Smith interviewed Havana Club CEO Jérôme Cottin-Bizonne in Cuba.

Millionaires' Club: The Rum List

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling rum brands in 2015. 

Oakheart to become standalone brand

Bacardi has had a “recent change of strategy” which will see its spiced rum sub-brand Oakheart become an independent brand.

Bacardi pledges to lead rum’s premiumisation

Bacardi has pledged to lead the premiumisation of rum, the company conceding it has failed in the past to emulate the achievements of other category leaders.

Havana Club: Pernod Ricard statement

Pernod Ricard has released a statement regarding the on-going battle with Bacardi over the Havana Club name.

Pernod Ricard renews US Havana Club trademark

Pernod Ricard has confirmed that the US Patent & Trademark Office has renewed its Havana Club trademark registration in the US until January 27, 2026.

WIRSPA guide to true rum

The West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers’ Association (WIRSPA) has produced a guide for trade press and professionals, titled The Explorers Guide to True Rum.

Ron de Jeremy XO launches in UK

One Eyed Spirits - the makers of Ron de Jeremy Rum and Spirit Cartel - is launching Ron de Jeremy XO Rum in the UK.

Rum stuck in the middle

Rum has had a challenging time in major developed markets in recent years, according to a new report from Rabobank.

Bacardí announces new global vice president

Fabio Di Giammarco has been made global vice president for Bacardí rum. He is responsible for the Bacardí rum brand marketing efforts globally, including positioning, advertising, packaging and pricing.

Bacardi buys Banks rum

Bacardi has announced that it has bought super-premium rum brand Banks for an undisclosed sum. 

King of rum Bacardi falls to McDowell’s

After decades of rum dominance Bacardi is no longer the best selling rum, having been deposed by United Spirits’ McDowell’s no.1 Celebration, according to The Millionaires’ Club 2015.

Frenchman Dedieu wins Bacardi Legacy

French bartender Frank Dedieu has won the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition 2015 final in Sydney, with his cocktail Le Latin.

Bacardi is named most reputable company

Bacardi has been named among the most reputable companies in the world, according to the annual Global RepTrak 100 list recently released by the Reputation Institute and published in Forbes magazine.

Bacardi appoints VP of fashion

Akiko Maeda has been appointed Bacardi's VP of fashion, responsible for developing partnerships that further incorporate the group's portfolio of spirits brands into the fashion world.

Bacardi makes Vergara rum vice president

Bacardi has announced the internal appointment of Mauricio Vergara as global category vice president of rums.

Cigar-inspired Havana Club unveiled

Pernod Ricard has announced the launch of Havana Club Unión - what it claims to be the first-ever Cuban rum made to match cigars.

Bacardi repackages rum range

Bacardi has unveiled new Art Deco-inspired packaging for its eponymous rum range. It is the first time it has updated its bottle design in more than a decade.

Brands Report 2015: Rum

You could flip a coin – each year since we’ve been polling the world’s best bars, the champion rum has beeneither Havana Club or Bacardi. 

Facundo Rum Collection launches in California

 Bacardi has announced the limited release of The Facundo Rum Collection in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.

Three rum producers join WIRSPA

The West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association (WIRSPA) has approved the incorporation of Hampden Estate Gold, Monymusk Plantation Special Reserve and Westerhall Vintage into its Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) marquee.

Ron Prohibido
Ron Prohibido launched at Imbibe

Emporia Brands’ Ron Prohibido- ‘The Forbidden Rum’- launched in the UK for the first time at Imbibe Live yesterday. 
  

Pusser’s Rum launch two SKU’s at Imbibe

Cellar Trends has launched two new Pusser’s Rum SKU’s at on-trade show Imbibe Live yesterday to the UK.

Koko Kanu to enter UK off-trade

Gruppo Campari’s J Wray & Nephew has revealed its first major consumer campaign in the UK for its Jamaican coconut rum, Koko Kanu.  

New primer maestro ronero de Cuba takes up role

Juan Carlos González has been appointed primer maestro ronero de Cuba.

Interview: Havana Club CEO Jérôme Cottin-Bizonne

Hamish Smith caught up with Havana Club CEO Jérôme Cottin-Bizonne in Cuba ahead of the Havana Club Grand Prix.

Appleton looking for an ambassador

Wray & Nephew is looking for a London-based UK brand ambassador for its Jamaican rum brand, Appleton Estate.