Bacardi Limited Milestones
Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held spirits company in the world and produces and markets a variety of internationally recognized spirits and wines.
Bacardi is founded by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó in Santiago de Cuba, when he revolutionizes rum as a spirit and the rum-making process by creating a smooth, light-bodied spirit – what the world now knows BACARDÍ rum.
The iconic Edificio Bacardi opens in Havana and celebrities frequent its Art Deco bar.
Bacardi establishes facilities in Mexico and Puerto Rico—to date two of the largest production facilities within Bacardi with the facility in Cataño, Puerto Rico, being the largest premium rum distillery in the world.
Bacardi establishes an imports company in New York City to supply the United States market.
Bacardi operations in Cuba are illegally confiscated without compensation by the Cuban government. Bacardi continues its operations from five other countries: United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and The Bahamas.
Bacardi starts production in Recife, Brazil.
Bacardi opens a distillery in Nassau, The Bahamas.
Bacardi International Limited relocates from the Bahamas to Bermuda.
Bacardi International Limited inaugurates new headquarters building in Bermuda inspired by an original design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Bacardi Limited is formed, unifying five separate strategic operating units of the Company (Bacardi International Limited – Bermuda; Bacardi & Company Limited – Bahamas; Bacardi Corporation – Puerto Rico; Bacardi Imports, Inc. – United States; and Bacardi y Compañía S.A. de C.V. – Mexico).
Bacardi finalizes the acquisition of General Beverage, owner of the MARTINI & ROSSI Group. With this acquisition, Bacardi doubles in size and becomes one of the five largest premium spirits companies in the world.
Bacardi opens a facility in China.
Bacardi opens the Casa Bacardi Visitor Center at the Bacardi distillery at Cataño, Puerto Rico—a multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art tourist experience celebrating the Bacardí family, Company history, and unique qualities of BACARDÍ rum.
Bacardi purchases a stake in LEBLON Cachaça, an ultra-premium luxury spirit from Brazil and the most award-winning cachaça on the market.
Michael Schumacher, seven-time Formula One™ racing champion, becomes the first-ever Bacardi Limited Social Responsibility Ambassador, when the Company launches its social responsibility campaign “Champions Drink Responsibly.”
Bacardi Limited achieves “Triple Crown” certification and leads the industry as the only major spirits company in the world to have all its facilities globally certified to be operating in accordance with the world’s most recognized standards for quality, environment, and health and safety – ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 – putting the company among an elite group of the world’s best-run companies.
Bacardi Corporation, part of the Bacardi Limited group of companies, and home to the largest premium rum distillery in the world, unveils the largest wind turbine installation in Puerto Rico. The turbines are designed to harness natural wind energy to help power Bacardi’s top global distillery near San Juan.
BACARDÍ rum is awarded the International High Quality Trophy for BACARDÍ Gold, BACARDÍ 8, and BACARDÍ Reserva Limitada by the prestigious Monde Selection International Institute for Quality Selections. BACARDÍ rums top 400 awards – the world’s most awarded rum.
Rafael Nadal, ATP world-ranked number one and winner of nine Grand Slam championships, becomes the Bacardi Limited Social Responsibility Ambassador and face of the award-winning “Champions Drink Responsibly” international social responsibility campaign.
Bacardi Limited announces Ed Shirley as its president and chief executive officer.
The original Cuba Libre celebrates its 112th anniversary. The Cuba Libre, a BACARDÍ and Cola with lime juice and a lime wedge, is the number one cocktail in the world with more than 6 million ordered every day.
Bacardi acquires ST-GERMAIN, a super-premium elderflower liqueur, and one of the fastest-growing spirits brands in the United States.
Bacardi Limited unveils environmental initiative called Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future with specific goals in sourcing, packaging and operations.
Bacardi Limited announces Michael J. Dolan as chief executive officer.
John Dewar & Sons Ltd. releases a range of new expressions and never-before-released single malts under the title of the “Last Great Malts”: ABERFELDY, AULTMORE, CRAIGELLACHIE, THE DEVERON and ROYAL BRACKLA.
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin opens its distillery and brand visitor centre in England at Laverstoke Mill.
Bacardi purchases Angel’s Share Brands, its subsidiary, Louisville Distilling Co., and its ANGEL’S ENVY™ brand marking the Company’s entry into the bourbon category of the North American whiskey sector.
Bacardi completes an acquisition of Leblon Holdings LLC and its LEBLON cachaça brand after serving as a significant minority investor for several years.
Bacardi creates a regional distribution network in North America and names Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. and Glazer’s, Inc., which have signed a definitive agreement to form Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits LLC, to lead the distribution of its wine and spirits portfolio in more than 40 markets across the United States and Canada.