RumFest returns as physical event for 2021

Following 2020’s successful hybrid events, RumFest has announced its physical return for October 2021.

Black Tot launches second Master Blender's Reserve

Black Tot Rum has announced the launched of its second annual limited edition expression Master Blender’s Reserve which will be available from Black Tot Day, 31 July.

Flor de Caña Zero Waste Month goes live

Flor de Caña has launched a global initiative called ‘Zero Waste Month’ for July which invites eco-conscious bars, restaurants and consumers to reduce food waste.

Flor de Caña to plant 1m trees by 2025

Flor de Caña has pledged to plant more than one million trees by 2025 through its own annual reforestation program called ‘Together for a Greener Future’.

Rhum Depaz embraces modern sugar cane cultivation

Martinique-based Depaz distillery has decided to replace its traditional method of growing sugar cane with pre-germinated cuttings with the aim of increasing the producer’s yield while limiting its environmental impact.

Equiano Light will increase brand's on-trade presence - Ian Burrell

Equiano Rum founder Ian Burrell believes the recent launch of Equiano Light will further open up the brand to the global on-trade.

Rhum Barbancourt enters new distribution deal for LATAM and US

Rhum Barbancourt, a family-owned distillery established in 1862, has entered a new distribution deal with MONARQ Group for Latin American and the Caribbean as well as duty free in the US.

Beveland launches Doble 9 rum range

Spanish company Beveland Distillers has launched a new range of cuban rums called Doble 9 which consists of a blanco, añejo, gran reserva ad 15-year-old.

Caribbean and French rum producers team up to improve exports deals

Caribbean rum producers have joined forces with French group CIRT-DOM, to help get the best deal for their exports into major markets including the European Union.

Hi-Spirits launches three rum blends for UK market

UK distributor Hi-Spirits has launched a range of three premium rums called Jung & Wulff which have been sourced from around the world.

Brands Report 2021: Cachaça

Cachaça is a category seemingly always on the verge but never really catching on. That said, it has presence in top bars.

Brands Report 2021: Rum

The past couple of years have been tougher than usual for Bacardi, with Hurricane Irma sweeping through the Caribbean in 2017, the end of its distribution partnership with BrownForman in 2019 and then the outbreak of Covid-19.

Appleton Estate releases limited series of rare pot-still rums

Appleton Estate has launched its Hearts Collection, a limited-release of three pot-still rums aged between 21-26 years.

C.Gars brings Key West First Legal Rum to the UK

UK-based cigar and whisky merchant C.Gars has become the exclusive importer and distributor for Key West First Legal Rum for the UK and EU.

Plantation launches Extrême No.4 Collection

Plantation rum is set to release its Extrême No.4 Collection consisting of eight rums to selected global market this October.

Renegade begins production at new $25m site

The Renegade Rum Distillery in Grenada has begun production after five years of planning and construction.

Copalli launches cacao-infused rum

Belizean rum brand Copalli has launched a limited-edition cacao-infused rum made from ingredients grown at The Copal Tree Distillery.

Worthy Park gets UK distribution

Distribution company Spirit Cartel has added Jamaica’s sole single estate rum producer, Worthy Park to its portfolio.

Bacardí Spiced relaunched in US market

Bacardí Spiced has been relaunched in the US nine years after its initial release to capitalise on the rise of the spiced rum market.

Takamaka prepares for brand redesign

Seychelles rum Takamaka has appointed creative agency Pearlfisher to undergo a full redesign of the brand in preperation for a wider international reach.

Black Tot rum to host 24h online educational festival

Black Tot Rum has announced the lineup for its 24-hour online rum event featuring some of the industry’s biggest names.

Caribbean rum to benefit from European tariffs on cheap products

Caribbean rum producers will continue to benefit from a tariff on low-priced products following the UK’s exit from the European Union on 31 December 2020.

Plantation Rum to change name in support of racial equality

Plantation Rum has decided to evolve its brand name in line with the changing dialogue surrounding racial equality around the world.

Flor de Caña Rum achieves carbon neutral status

Flor de Caña has achieved carbon neutral certification making it the only spirit in the world to be both officially carbon neutral and Fair Trade.

Flor de Caña 25 wins double gold

Flor de Caña 25 Year Rum has been awarded a double gold medal at the 2020 awards ceremony of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Flor de Caña Rum postpones Sustainable Cocktail Challenge

Participants from 40+ countries were scheduled to attend the bartending competition finale in Nicaragua that promotes the creative use of sustainable ingredients in cocktails among the global bartending community.

West Indies Rum Distillery responds to Barbados GI proposal

The West Indies Rum Distillery (WIRD) has defended its stance on the recently purposed Geographic Indication for Barbados rum going against the distiller’s historic production methods.

West Indies distillery opposes Barbados GI proposal

The West Indies Rum Distillery has appealed the implementing of a Geographical Indication for Barbados rum which was put forward by Mount Gay, Foursquare and Saint Nicholas Abbey.

Brands Report 2020: Rum

Rum's lighter styles rein supreme in the world's best bars, according to our findings.

Ron Matusalem launches Insolito Wine Cask

Ron Matusalem has launched a Spanish grape Tempranillo Solera aged rum called Ron Matusalem Insolito Wine Cask.

WIRSPA adds Clement Lawrence to board of directors

The West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association has enrolled Clement “Jimmy” Lawrence to the board of directors representing the Jamaica rum industry.

Trudiann Branker calls for greater female presence in rum

Mount Gay master blender Trudiann Branker believes the rum industry is beginning to open up to women but insists she does not want to be remembered for ‘just being a woman’.

Trudiann Branker talks Master Blender release, 1703 and Allen Smith

Mount Gay Rum’s first female master blender Trudiann Branker says she wanted to showcase traditional Barbadian rum production with her new Pot Still release.

RumFest raises record auction sales

This year’s RumFest hosted some of the biggest names within the industry and saw more than 400 different rum brands represented throughout the event in London.

Bacardí launches Gran Reserva Diez in UK

Bacardí has launched a 10-year-old golden rum called Gran Reserva Diez to the UK market with an RRP £52.

Havana Club launches bartender-focused rums

Havana Club has launched two new rums to its Havana Club Professional Editions called Edition C and Edition D.

Hayman's launches blended rum brand

The Hayman family, best known for its gins, has launched Charles Merser & Co – London’s first rum blending house for more than 100 years.

Campari Group completes €60m Rhumantilles takeover

Campari Group has finalised the acquisition of French spirits company Rhumantilles SAS in a deal worth €60m.

Bacardí expands premium portfolio into India

Bacardi India has launched its ‘Bacardí Premium Portfolio’ in India consisting of four expressions including; Bacardí Añejo Cuatro, Bacardí Reserva Ocho, Bacardí Gran Reserva Diez and Bacardí Gran Reserva Limitada.

That Boutique-y Rum Company launches cocktail-focused Signature Blends

That Boutique-y Rum Company has launched a new series of continuous rums called Signature Blends which target cocktails.

Diageo enters Cuban rum industry with Santiago de Cuba deal

Diageo has entered into the Cuban rum industry with a joint venture between its European subsidiary and rum producer Corporación Cuba Ron SA.

La Hechicera eyes 66% sales growth through UK focus

Colombian rum brand La Hechicera has identified the UK as one of its key markets and targeted 66% sales growth globally.

The Duppy Share launches tapped cocktail range

UK rum brand The Duppy Share has launched a new range of cocktails on tap into the on-trade.

Kanivichaporn wins Bacardí Legacy 2019

Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn from Bangkok has been crowned Bacardí Legacy champion for 2019 with his cocktail Pink Me Up.

Neptune Rum appoints new management team

Neptune Rum has announced a new executive management team that will drive the implementation of the brand’s growth strategy and global operations.

Rhum Clément gets duty free Middle East deal

Kreol Retail FZE has been appointed as a travel retail distributor of Rhum Clément for select Middle East countries.

Chelsie Bailey wins Bacardí Legacy UK

Bristol bartender Chelsie Bailey has been named UK finalist in the 2019 Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition and will now travel to Amsterdam to compete at the global final in May.

Brugal 1888 Nearly Neat global finalists announced

Brugal 1888 has selected two UK bartenders to compete at its first global rum cocktail competition in the Dominican Republic.

Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai Challenge winners announced

Francois Badel of Le Montfort in Rennes, France and Aldrick John Baptiste of The Coco Palm Resort in Rodney Bay Village, Saint Lucia have been crowned Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge winners for 2019.

Havana Club Tributo 2019 launches globally

Havana Club has released the fourth instalment in its luxury range of rums – Havana Club Tributo 2019.