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

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

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’.

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.

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

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

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

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 has launched a new series of continuous rums called Signature Blends which target cocktails.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

RumFest 2017 ready to go

12 October, 2017

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

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

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 (40%ABV) has been launched into the UK market by distributor Mangrove.

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

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.

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

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

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

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