And Did Trelawney (Gold) Die?

“And did Trelawney die” was the song of the Western Men, whose defeated prisoners might well have ended up as indentured labour in Jamaica. Trelawney Gold did die, but who knows it might be coming back – in spirit at least! Rumpundit.

Husseys make another half-billion bet on Long Pond

Published: Sunday | April 3, 2011 2 Comments

A front view of the Long Pond Estate in Clark's Town, Trelawny. The factory has a history of being the largest employer in the community and used to produce the famed Trelawny Gold Rum.
A front view of the Long Pond Estate in Clark’s Town, Trelawny. The factory has a history of being the largest employer in the community and used to produce the famed Trelawny Gold Rum.

Mark Titus, Business Reporter

Hussey family, controlled Everglades Farms Limited is investing more than US$6 million (J$515 million) to modernise the Long Pond sugar estate that was shuttered after a disastrous start to its first year as a sugar manufacturer in the 2009-10 season.

Long Pond then churned 1,400 tonnes of sugar, easily the worst in the history of the plant.

Two years ago, Everglades acquired Long Pond in a package that includes the Hampden Estates, both located in Trelawny, but was forced to sit out the 2010-11 crop year after it was agreed that substantial work was needed in order to realise the potential capacity of the new assets.

“When we acquired the assets, it was in very bad condition, and we got no opportunity to see how it ran,” Outman Hussey, Everglade’s design and special projects manager, told Sunday Business in an interview on Wednesday.

“When we did take over, the first thing we saw that did not make sense was the oil usage,” said Hussey, a director of the company and professor of architecture at Howard University.

“You could not supply Bunker C oil by a tanker fast enough …”.

Hussey said Everglades relied on the evaluation of the engineers from SCJ Holdings to diagnose the problem and come up with the solution solution, but came to regret that decision.

“Records will show that we did everything that was recommended to be done and more, but when we started the factory the following season it was very apparent that it was not going to happen,” he said.

The Husseys, known mainly in tourism and horse-racing circles, brought in international experts and evaluators in the industry, and is now accepting bids for the engineering work to be done which will see Long Pond retrofitted to ensure that the factory can churn sugar cane throughout the season once commissioned.

The new crop year kicks off at around December.

“It is hard when you are used to doing business in a more private setting to come in a business that is constantly in the public domain, but we think we now have the right people in the right place to now do things the right way,” a more reserved Andrew Hussey, also a director, said.

This will include returning the boilers to the design specifications that they were made for, and eliminating the use of oil at the factory, relying totally on bagasse.

Everglades’ business plan goes beyond sugar production and calls for a diversified product: rum and tourism.

“In diversification, you have to look at what the region is, what the region has to offer, and what the resources are in terms of materials, lands, the people, and the skill level, and then you can determine the matrix,” Andrew said.

Tourism is a key part of the company’s plan, which details a tourism product that includes a rum museum for Hampden, a sugar cane museum for Clark’s Town, and tours of the great houses and sugar cane mills now being refurbished. Horses are also being bred on the properties.

The family said their entry into sugar was easy, as the senior Hussey, Laurie, had been a cane farmer years ago, supplying the Bernard Lodge factory in St Catherine.

“Our dad does not want to see land waste, and what that has done for us as the younger ones is help us to see empty land as not good,” said Andrew.

Everglades employs almost 40 persons on the estates’ farms where crops such as cabbage, lettuce, tomato, pak choi, sweet pepper, hot pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, Irish potato, string beans, carrot, sweet corn, pumpkin, sweet potato, pineapple, cantaloupe, water melon, thyme, escallion, and onion are planted for the hospitality industry in Western Jamaica.

“In this model, you come to Everglades and there will be a number of different job opportunities, whether it is in rum, horses, sugar, or tours,” said Outman.

“Sugar is very important in the mix of our diversified products because we will need sugar more now than before, especially good, organic sugar. And that is why the cane farmers must know that they are a very important part of our plans going forward. We will need their cane to complement ours to produce the quality sugar we intend for a proper return on our investment,” he said.

The entire plan will be rolled out over a five to 10-year period. For now, the Husseys say the next milestone is packaging and marketing their own branded sugar.

The family says its sales of bulk rum to Europe are up 30 per cent since 2009, and they will be developing a warehouse for rum storage. They were unwilling to speak to the details of the project, however.

Hampden has launched a new spirit, Rum Fire, in partnership with Red Stripe Jamaica as its distributor. The Husseys hope to capture 20 per cent of the Jamaican rum market over time. The market is dominated by Wray and Nephew.

Both Hampden and Long Pond figured prominently during the heyday of sugar production in western Jamaica, and at one time, were chief sources of income for residents of Clark’s Town and other Trelawny communities.

However, in the last two decades, sugar hit a steady decline and the estates and their equipment aged.

At the turn of this decade – the 2000-01 crop – the two factories produced a combined 20,000 tonnes of the sweetener, 5,000 tonnes of which came from the smaller estate, Hampden.

The tonnage, quoted by itself, tells little, but consider that just three years before, in 1997, Hampden alone, which had the capacity for 15,000 tonnes, was churning out 12,000 tonnes of sugar.

Despite the availability of some 1,284 hectares of land for planting cane, only 676 hectares were put into cultivation for the 2000-01 crop.

The estate, which was teetering on the brink of financial ruin and had been rescued by the Government in the 1990s under the bailout programme for the financial sector, would later be placed in receivership.

Before that time, the estate was controlled by the Farquharson family.

The records show that during the 1997-2002 period, Hampden sustained losses of more than J$45 million.

Long Pond and other sugar assets were last in private ownership under a deal in 1993 that gave 51 per cent control to a Wray and Nephew-led consortium, that included Cliff Cameron’sManufacturers Investment Limited and Booker Tate Limited of the United Kingdom.

Each private partner held 17 per cent, whereas the Jamaican Government retained a minority 49 per cent.

The state would eventually re-acquire the SCJ after the consortium failed to turn the company into a money-maker.

Under the deal with Everglades, the new owners must maintain 60 per cent of the leased lands for sugar-cane production or related products for 15 years.

The deal covers the two factories and surrounding 40 hectares of land, plus an additional 7,100 hectares, which are leased for US$40 per hectare per annum for the first 10 years of the agreement.

For 2010-11, the company has planted 5,000 hectares of new cane, and will plant an additional 1,408 hectares of cane over the four years to follow, which is projected to yield 280,000 tonnes of cane in the next five years.

“This means businesses in the communities will see an increase in trade, taxis will have more passengers to carry, and there will be additional opportunities for employment,” said Outman.

“So in essence, we are mixing green infrastructure with traditional, infrastructure, and in that way, we are conducting a business while preserving the heritage.”

85 Lashes Rum!

Glazer’s to distribute Amalgamated’s rum across Missouri

St. Louis Business Journal – by Kelsey Volkmann

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 12:32pm CDT

Jesse Jones 

Amalgamated Brewing and Distilling Co. said Thursday it reached a deal with Glazer’s to distribute Amalgamated’s 85 Lashes Rum beyond St. Louis to throughout Missouri.

Amalgamated, a craft brewer and micro-distillery in St. Louis led by President Jesse Jones, hand distills its rum in small batches.

The expanded distribution deal is expected to boost Amalgamated’s revenue this year by $500,000 to approximately $3 million, Vice President Brad Wheeling said.

“Glazer’s is in every bar, restaurant and liquor store,” he said.

Amalgamated’s previous distributor, Classique, is a smaller, specialty distributor, he said.

Wirtz Beverage Group distributes 85 Lashes in Illinois.

Amalgamated also owns and operates Jake’s Steaks on Laclede’s Landing and The Stable in Benton Park.

Amalgamated Brewing and Distilling Co. said Thursday it reached a deal with Glazer’s to distribute Amalgamated’s 85 Lashes Rum beyond St. Louis to throughout Missouri.

Amalgamated, a craft brewer and micro-distillery in St. Louis led by President Jesse Jones, hand distills its rum in small batches.

The expanded distribution deal is expected to boost Amalgamated’s revenue this year by $500,000 to approximately $3 million, Vice President Brad Wheeling said.

“Glazer’s is in every bar, restaurant and liquor store,” he said.

Amalgamated’s previous distributor, Classique, is a smaller, specialty distributor, he said.

Wirtz Beverage Group distributes 85 Lashes in Illinois.

Amalgamated also owns and operates Jake’s Steaks on Laclede’s Landing and The Stable in Benton Park.

Angostora’s Bitter?

It was sold as an attempt to build a regional giant to compete in world markets – but there’s something about financial engineering that takes the heart out of distillation…Rumpundit

Exodus from Lascelles’ board

McConnell, Bell and Abrahams stepping down

BY AL EDWARDS Caribbean Business Report Editor



Wednesday, March 30, 2011


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THREE Jamaican Board members of Trinidadian-acquired conglomerate Lascelles De Mercado, namely William McConnell, Anthony Bell and Jason Abrahams are to step down, the Jamaica Observer understands.

Managing Director of Lascelles, McConnell, is credited with turning the rum division into a world-class outfit and one of the best rum producers in the region.

William McConnell


He joined Lascelles subsidiary J Wray & Nephew as Financial Accountant in 1973 and has served as Managing Director of the Wray & Nephew Group of Companies since 1977.

Bell served as Group Finance Director having been with the group for well over two decades. He played a vital role in turning the flagship division – Rum, Wines and Liquors – into a powerhouse and oversaw Canada overtaking Mexico as Appleton’s biggest overseas market.

The prospect of both McConnell and Bell forming a consortium and acquiring the rum division and spinning it off from the Group has been mooted for sometime, especially given the heavily indebted status of parent company CL Financial.

Abrahams meanwhile, is a Jamaican investment banker based in Florida who was instrumental in structuring and securing the deal that saw CL Financial subsidiary Angostura acquire Lascelles in 2008.

In that year Lawrence Duprey’s CL Financial raised external debt financing in the amount of US$450 million to finance the Lascelles acquisition which amounted to US$676 million.

For its money, CL Financial got 86.87 per cent of Lascelles’ common stock.

With Duprey’s group of companies falling asunder in 2009, CL Financial Group’s financial director Michael Carballo intimated at Lascelles AGM that year, that CL Financial may have to turn to Lascelles to finance the US$340 million loan balance it had from the purchase of the Jamaican conglomerate.

One of the major problems CL Financial had was the intertwining of assets and its insatiable thirst for cash which served to bedevil the fortunes of Lascelles’ group of companies. The financial uncertainty and inability to  provide a coherent direction for the Jamaican group may well be a contributory factor in seeing McConnell, Bell and Abrahams heading for the door.

In 2010, Lascelles’ third-quarter sales for the period ending June 30 slumped by $700 million to come in at $6 billion. Net profit dramatically fell to $363 million from $1.39 billion for the same period in 2009.

For the first quarter ended December 31, 2010, Lascelles reported unaudited consolidated earnings results which saw  an operating profit of $931.1 million and a net profit of $821.3 million on operating revenues of $7.1 billion.

Lascelles is expected to report its second quarter 2011 results on May 11.

Bundaberg Bounds Back

Bundy Rum gets a revamp

Emily Prain | 26th March 2011

THE city's famous Bundaberg Rum is going under the knife for a brand makeover aiming to bring more sophistication to its product.BDC Bondstore staff members Teena Hetherington, Shannyn Smith and Haley Cassady with the new branding.

Mike Knott

THE city’s famous Bundaberg Rum is going under the knife for a brand makeover aiming to bring more sophistication to its product, and put common stereotypes of its drinkers to rest.

The starting point is a new logo for the Bundaberg Distilling Company, which includes its three founding fathers, the famous Bundy rum bottle shape and the cane sugar that made the region famous all those years ago.

Bundaberg Distilling Company marketing manager Matt Bruhn said it was important for the brand to not lose touch with its consumers.

“We are constantly keeping up to date,” he said.

The NewsMail took to the streets to find out what people’s perceptions of the brand were and the majority of the responses associated the brew with being “ochre” and “bogan” – and not appealing to women.

“That’s not how we see it – we like to be seen as a great Aussie brand,” Mr Bruhn said.

He claimed 50% of the drop’s drinkers were women and said the company was proud of that fact.

Mr Bruhn said other changes for the famous brand included an entire update of all packaging, new advertising, the release of the 10-year-old Master Distillers Collection and the launch of a new website,

“The brand will continue to build its rum-crafting credentials,” Mr Bruhn said.

Bundaberg man Ryan Turner-Walsh said he felt the brand did not have as much variety as in recent years.

“They should try to make up a new type of rum – something that’s bold,” he said.

Blood feud Bad business.

Never surrender! Never Give Up! might have worked in Galaxy Quest, but the sound of dead horses being flogged is not good news for efficiency – Rum Pundit.


Bacardi Continues Legal Actions to Protect Its Havana Club Rum Trademark Rights in Spain
Businesswire 14 March 2011

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, continues to pursue all available legal options to protect its legitimate ownership and trademark rights to the Havana Club brand in Spain.
In a brief filed with the High Court earlier this month, Bacardi Limited asked the Spanish Supreme Court for clarification of some aspects of its ruling where the High Court recognized the respect of Spanish law for fundamental rights violated by an expropriation without compensation. While the Court clarified its interpretation of some of the technical aspects in the initial ruling, Bacardi remains focused on the remaining legal options available.
On February 3, the High Court of Spain released its decision that the transfer of the trademark registration of Havana Club rum in Spain by Cuba and its partners was not consistent with Spanish public law. The Spanish Court ruled that Havana Club Holdings “does not deserve to be considered a good faith third party purchaser of the Spanish trademark of Havana Club,” and noted that the company Jose Arechabala, S.A. (and Bacardi as its legal successor) was illegally deprived in Spain of the Spanish trademark registration for Havana Club. The Court however did not restore the Spanish trademark registration to Bacardi solely on the grounds of a technicality involving the statute of limitations applied to the claim.

It is critical to note that Spain’s High Court declared that Spanish law does not recognize in Spain the validity of the transfers to Cuba and its partners of the Spanish Havana Club trademark registration on the basis of the confiscation of Havana Club ordered by the Cuban State in 1960.
Bacardi will continue to defend its fundamental rights against expropriation having purchased the trademark rights in Spain from the original legal owners, creators and proprietors of the brand.
Bacardi has won all U.S. court cases relating to the rights to use the HAVANA CLUB brand, up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held spirits company in the world and produces and markets a variety of internationally-recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited brand portfolio consists of more than 200 brands and labels, including some of the world’s favorite and best-known products: BACARDI® rum, the world’s favorite and best-selling premium rum as well as the world’s most awarded rum; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world-leader in super premium vodka; DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the number-one selling blended Scotch whisky in the United States; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, the world-leader in vermouth; CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, the number-one premium tequila in Mexico and a top-selling premium tequila in the United States; and other leading and emerging brands.
Bacardi was founded in Santiago de Cuba, February 4, 1862, and currently employs more than 6,000 people, manufactures its brands at 27 facilities in 16 countries on four continents, and sells in more than 100 markets globally. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

Holey Dollar

Love the headline! Rum Pundit

Dollar Strengthens on Divine Intervention

Published on Mon, 14/03/2011, 11:43:03



By Jordan Gelbart

Australian owned rum Holey Dollar has continued its winning streak at international spirits competitions, being awarded ‘Master’ and ‘Gold’ status at The Spirit Masters Series.

The series is held by The Spirits Business Magazine with the Rum Masters section of the competition independently judged by a panel of industry experts.

Holey Dollar Rum Cask Strength (75.9 percent ABV with a RRP of $84.99) and Holey Dollar Rum Overproof (57.2 percent ABV with a RRP of $64.99) were both awarded ‘Master’ status, the highest accolade that can be awarded by the panel.

Holey Dollar Rum Premium (40 percent ABV with a RRP of $39.99) was awarded ‘Gold’.

Holey Dollar has received some of the highest honours in the spirits category, taking out ‘Best in Class’ for the past two years at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.

“It’s wonderful that the International market is recognising the quality of the rums that we are creating but what’s even better is seeing how Australian consumers are embracing the ‘buy local, think global’ concept,” said master distiller at Holey Dollar Stuart Gilbert.

“The growing group of Holey Dollar Rum drinkers are people that are passionate about discovering something a little bit different and enjoy consuming the highest quality, world-class products, but at the same time, appreciate something that is actually close to home and 100 percent Australian family owned company.

Holey Dollar Rum is named after the coins with holes punched out that, significantly, superseded rum as the main form of currency in NSW after the Rum Rebellion.

Privateer Rum opens shop

The Spirit of a Privateer: Privateer International Opens Distillery

Posted on 03/10/11 at 11:00pm by webmaster


The Spirit of a Privateer: Privateer International Opens Distillery

Andrew Cabot opens rum distillery in Ipswich, MA

Ipswich, MA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 10, 2011

It was an economic instigator for the American Revolution. George Washington insisted on having it at his 1789 inauguration. Early in the history of the country, it was a ubiquitous campaigning tool. And prior to the Revolutionary War, the average American consumed three gallons of it per year.

Rum is the common thread running through these events in the early history of the American Republic. And the name Andrew Cabot (1750-1791) was associated with the manufacture of one of the earliest rums ever made on American shores. Cabot, along with his business partners, owned a rum distillery in Beverly Massachusetts, along the Atlantic Coast, just north of Boston. They smuggled their molasses into the country in defiance of British tariffs and laws. Once America declared independence from Britain, the economics of distilling rum changed, and Cabot divested his distillery to focus on increasing his interests in privateering.

Today, the namesake Andrew Cabot, six generations removed from the original, is carefully handcrafting fine American rum in Ipswich, MA.

Distilled from premium ingredients, in small batches, and with an obsessive attention to quality, Privateer Rum is a touchstone to an era when rum was America’s most prized spirit.

“There was an irresistibility and inevitability to this mission,” said Andrew. “And it quickly became clear to us that Privateer was positioned to fill an important gap in the ultra premium rum market.”

Bill Owens, President of the American Distilling Institute, concurs: “During the American Revolution, a war privateer and successful businessman from Massachusetts named Andrew Cabot was also busy distilling rum. Nearly three hundred years later, his descendant by the same name is using the original family approach to create his own craft-made rum. It is amazing to me that the great American spirit of ingenuity, freedom and independence can carry across so many generations, and nothing carries this tradition better than the art of distilling.”

Privateer’s award-winning master distiller Eric Watson said, “Privateer Rum will be like no other rum available in America today. Our proprietary approach combines the best of old and new world practices, resulting in levels of character and complexity that often are not found in ultra premium rums today.”

Privateer International, the name of the distillery, refers to the twenty-five privateer vessels that the original Cabot owned in whole or part during the American Revolution; these were fast and maneuverable vessels that hunted British merchant ships across the North Atlantic and from Canada to the Caribbean. Rum was the second entitlement of the sailors in this fleet, the first being their shares in the large prizes they captured from British merchants.

The rum that bears the Privateer label embodies the rebellious American spirit, and is currently available by the barrel at the Privateer Distillery, 28 Mitchell Road, Ipswich, MA.

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PR for PR!

Recovering from the desertion of Cap’n Morgan, PR Rums kick back! Rumpundit.

Rums of Puerto Rico Encourages Consumers to ‘Just Think, Puerto Rican Rum’

2011 Campaign to Remind Consumers of another way Puerto Rico Does it Better

Rums of Puerto Rico

February 23, 2011 3:17pm EST

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — If you’ve got it, flaunt it! As part of the government of Puerto Rico’s efforts to remind the audience that Puerto Rico does it better and promote the quality products produced on the Island, Rums of Puerto Rico, the umbrella marketing organization for the collection of the world’s finest rums, today launched its 2011 campaign in New York City. The campaign underscores the award-winning attributes that make Puerto Rican rums stand out from their competitors. Consumers are encouraged to “Just Think, Puerto Rican Rum” when ordering a rum-based drink.

The campaign reminds consumers about Puerto Rico’s centuries old tradition of rum making; the legally-mandated, one-year aging of certain rums in white oak barrels; and the Island’s commitment to excellence. The result: Puerto Rican rums, including Bacardi, Don Q, Ron Llave, Ron del Barrilito and Palo Viejo, are the finest rums in the world.

“Puerto Rico’s rum industry provides more than 70 percent of the rum sold in the United States,” said Jose Ramon Perez-Riera, Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, which is the parent organization of Rums of Puerto Rico. “Rums continue to remain both an economic driver of the Puerto Rican economy and an economic ambassador for the Island.”

The $2 million marketing campaign will tell this story through print, digital and out-of-home messaging in New York, Washington, DC and Miami, and will be supported by public relations and social media efforts and an upgraded web site ( The campaign also will include a series of events and partnerships throughout the year, including a launch event at the Empire State Building featuring Food Network chef Claire Robinson and rum ambassadors from Puerto Rico and the extension of contracts for the exclusive Rums of Puerto Rico lounges and spaces at New York’s Madison Square Garden and Citi Field.

Nicole J. Rodriguez, Director of Rums of Puerto Rico, added that “one goal of the new campaign is to tie together all of Puerto Rico’s marketing efforts under a single theme: quality. Whether it is our beautiful beaches, friendly, bilingual workforce, or our superior rums, we want Americans to say the same thing when they think about Puerto Rico: “Puerto Rico equals quality.”

“Rum drinks are so much more than the ubiquitous rum and coke or your grandmother’s daiquiri,” said Claire Robinson, host of Food Network’s “Five Ingredient Fix.” “Because Puerto Rican rum mixes well with everything, you can use it to create new drinks or improve existing ones. For a spin on the classic cosmopolitan, try substituting Bacardi Limon or Don Q Limon for vodka and you will be delighted by the taste.”

The “Just Think, Puerto Rican Rum” tagline is tied to other Puerto Rico promotion efforts, including the Puerto Rican Tourism Company’s “Just Think, Puerto Rico” campaign, which launched last fall in New York City. Both campaigns also employ the green and black “Puerto Rico Does It Better” logo that is now appearing on all of the government’s promotional materials.

About Rums of Puerto Rico

Rums of Puerto Rico, a division of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), was created in 1948 to administrate the advertising and promotional programs that encourage the consumption of rum and protect its leadership in the United States market. The quality brands produced in Puerto Rico are aged at least one year by law. This sets the standard of excellence that includes only the finest rums and offers an extensive choice in the rum category including Bacardi, Don Q, Ron Llave, Ron del Barrilito and Palo Viejo, among others.

About The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Corporation (PRIDCO)

The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) is a government-owned corporation dedicated to promoting Puerto Rico as an investment destination for companies and industries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1950, PRIDCO has led the efforts in the industrialization of the Island. PRIDCO continues to be a catalyst for Puerto Rico’s economic development, leading the transformation from a traditional industrial economy to an economy based on knowledge. PRIDCO emphasizes promoting high technology industries among sectors such as the life sciences, technology, computing and services that leverage on Puerto Rico’s unique combination of tax incentives, skilled workforce, strong infrastructure and excellent business climate.

SOURCE Rums of Puerto Rico

Seven Fathom hits new heights..

Sceptics have cast doubt on their claim to age their rum at a depth of seven fathoms… but it’s taking off! Rumpundit

Expansion creates new jobs soon

Posted Sat, Feb 26th 2011, 07:38
(Grand Cayman – CITN) –


The Cayman Islands Distillery, a small local business that are the makers of Seven Fathoms Rum, is hoping to create up to 20 new jobs as it expands its operations.

Due to demand, the business is preparing to build a new larger rum-making facility to go along with its small home on North Church Street.

“That demand can not be met with our current facility. So the expansion will facilitate exportation of the product,” Co-founder Nelson Dilbert said.

Mr. Dilbert said the company is committed to hiring as many Caymanians as possible –from sales and delivery, to those with skills to do the distilling.

“Very, very limited jobs here in the country for that, so we are looking to hire people like that,” he said.

New spirits, including vodka are being planned as well, which should be good for the bottom line coupled with Seven Fathoms rising popularity.

“We’ve grown quite quickly over the past four year and we’re looking to make it something that is going to go global,” Mr. Dilbert said.

No site has been selected for the new building as yet, although Mr. Dilbert said they’ve narrowed it down to three locations.

“The new facility we hope to put into a better location as well, that will be in the future, a tour-able facility.”

But there are no immediate plans to abandon the current location downtown.

“As long as we can maintain it… as a tourist sort of visiting facility,” Mr. Dilbert said.

The company said in addition to more jobs for locals, it is eager to buy as much locally grown sugar cane as possible, providing more opportunities for local farmers.

Cayman 27’s Ben Meade has the video report above.

Only in America

As the article says, these were hardly key markets, but Pernod seems to have reacted to Bacardi vigorously – this is a global grog fight. Rum Pundit

GLOBAL: Bacardi sees Havana Club trademark revoked in all but US

By: editorial team | 10 February 2011
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Tajikistan, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan revoke Bacardi’s tradmark
Pernod Ricard’s Havana Club Holding takes ownership
US now sole recogniser of Bacardi Havana Club trademark

Pernod Ricard has claimed the Havana Club trademark in three European markets after Bacardis ownership was revoked

Pernod Ricard has claimed the Havana Club trademark in three European markets after Bacardi’s ownership was revoked

Bacardi has had its registration of the Havana Club trademark revoked in three Eastern European markets, just-drinks understands, leaving only the US as recognising its ownership.

In a series of legal papers seen by just-drinks, the patent offices of Tajikistan, Croatia and Kyrgyzstan have terminated Bacardi’s registration of Havana Club due to its non-use of the term in the countries. The news follows last week’s ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court granting ownership of Havana Club to Pernod Ricard’s joint venture with Cuban Government-controlled Cubaexport.

According to one set of documents out of Tajikistan, the appeal board of the country’s patent office, GU Centre NPI, ruled in May last year that the filed trademark Havana Club would cease to have effect in the country.

Also in May last year, the State Intellectual Property Office in Croatia handed down a decision revoking Bacardi’s holding of the trademark. The office was responding to a request submitted by Pernod’s joint-venture with the Cuban government, Havana Club Holding (HCH), in July 2009. Bacardi’s ownership of the trademark in the country was subsequently ceased by the office and back-dated to the same date as HCH’s revocation request. Bacardi was also instructed to compensate HCH HRK2,370 (US$438) for “procedural charges”.

The Croatian documents also state that, in a separate proceeding, Bacardi was advised in September 2008 that a revocation request had been filed for the Havana Club trademark. The company was given 60 days to respond, but “failed to respond within the given deadline”.

Finally, in Kyrgyzstan, a decision was handed down by the inter-district court in the capital, Bishkek, on 14 December. A writ of execution, dated 18 January, terminated “in full and early validity” Bacardi’s ownership of the trademark in the republic, “basing on the fact of its non-use … during three consecutive years”.

Having registered the trademark in the country in June 1998, Bacardi “hasn’t been using the trademark regarding … importing (or) selling itself or through agents”. The papers noted that Bacardi “failed to appear” at the court hearing.

Subsequently, Bacardi appears to now only hold the trademark in the US, where it continues to sell its Havana Club rum brand. Bacardi has won all court cases in the US relating to the rights to use the brand, up to the US Supreme Court.

When contacted by just-drinks today (10 February), a spokesperson for Pernod said that HCH has subsequently taken ownership of the trademark in Tajikistan, Croatia and Kyrgyzstan. Whilst conceding that the three countries did not represent key markets for HCH, the spokesperson noted that “we’re going to develop (Havana Club) in these three markets”.

Bacardi did not respond to requests for comment on the news when contacted by just-drinks this week.