DR is top Caribbean rum exporter
Dominican premium rum is the leading seller in Europe, as reported in Listin Diario. Last year the country exported two million boxes of rum to Spain alone. Local consumption in 2010 was 4.2 million boxes, down from a high of 5.5 million boxes. The DR heads the list of the world’s 46 rum producing countries. Exports, primarily of Ron Barcelo and Brugal in 2000 totaled US$6 million and increased to US$102 million in 2010.
Rum is produced by six industries that have permission to operate distilleries and aging processes. Dominican rum is a Controlled Designation of Origin, and to be known as Caribbean and Dominican rum a series of quality controls and requirements need to be met. These were established jointly by the 15 member nations of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (Wirspa). The main export markets for Dominican rum are Spain, Chile, the US, Haiti and Italy.
The DR competes with rum from Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Rum has alcohol degree of 37 and 37.5 degrees, and to the United States has 40 degrees.
Luis Castanos, director of the Association of Dominican Rum Producers said that the increase in sugar cane quota by the European Union would transform the Dominican rum industry.
Caribbean rum has benefitted from a EUR70 million grant from the Integrated Development Program for the Caribbean Rum Sector, under the 8th European Development Fund of which local producers received 15-20% of those funds for improvements from 2002-2010.
See www.wirspa.com/rum-making/creatingtruerum.ashx, www.truerum.com/ageverification.ashx?ReturnUrl=/Default.aspx