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.

Wester brings rum to Glasgow after 300 year absence

Wester Spirit Co has begun commercial rum distillation in Glasgow for the first time in 300 years with the opening of its new distillery in November 2018.

Bali's Nusa Caña Rum enters UK market

Nusa Caña Rum, an Indonesian white rum brand based in Bali has launched in the UK.

Diplomático named Spirit Brand of the Year

Diplomático has become the first rum brand to be been named Spirit Brand of the Year at Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Awards.

Maverick Drinks launches That Boutique-y Rum Company

That Boutique-y Drinks Company has launched That Boutique-y Rum Company (TBRC) available now in the UK through Maverick Drinks.

Havana Club launches rums for bartenders

Havana Club has unveiled The Havana Club Professional Edition range which has been specifically developed to target bartenders.

Renegade Spirits begins building $20m Grenada rum distillery

London-based distiller Renegade Spirits has begun work on its new $20m rum distillery on the Caribbean island of Grenada.

Havana Club injects Cuban culture into redesigned label

Havana Club has unveiled a new label for its Havana Club Añejo Especial rum that reflects the vibrancy of Cuba and aims to communicate the "quality and authentic" production process of the rum.

Ninon Fauvarque wins Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2018

French bartender Ninon Fauvarque, beat 40 contestants at the global final of Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2018 on Friday, June 1 in Havana.

Mangrove launches Jamaican rum JAH45

Mangrove Global has launched JAH45, a new rum brand it claims will “disrupt” the rum category. 

Eric van Beek crowned 2018 Bacardí Legacy champion

Eric van Beek of the Netherlands has been crowned 2018 Bacardí Legacy champion in Mexico with his Cariño cocktail.

Herrera uses home advantage at Bacardí Legacy

Ana Alicia Herrera of Mexico shone in the opening round of semi-finals at Bacardí Legacy 2018, held in Mexico City.

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.