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HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bacardi Limited, the world's largest privately-owned spirits company, declared today that 2012 will be its most innovative year since the creation of BACARDI® rum in 1862. Throughout the year, Bacardi will host one-of-a-kind birthday parties, launch special promotions featuring 100 years of ground-breaking advertising, introduce a $2,000 limited-edition decanter of rare BACARDI rum, offer travel retail exclusives and commemorative gifts, and much more for consumers to come together and share in the excitement.
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"The passion and entrepreneurial spirit shown by my great-great grandfather in Santiago de Cuba a century and a half ago gave birth to exceptional rum that would change the spirits industry forever," said Facundo L. Bacardi, Bacardi Limited Chairman and fifth-generation Bacardi family member. "These qualities remain key to our phenomenal success and position today as the world's favorite and most awarded rum brand, with more than 400 awards to date."
Bacardi was founded in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, when Don Facundo Bacardi Masso purchased a small distillery. After years of experimenting, Bacardi revolutionized the spirits industry by adding steps never before used in rum-making. He selected high quality blackstrap sugarcane molasses, isolated a special strain of yeast (still used today), filtered, mellowed his rums in American white oak barrels, and then blended them to create the perfect taste. The smooth, light-bodied spirit he created, as opposed to the harsh "fire water" of the time, was BACARDI – the world's first premium rum and the first mixable rum – helping usher in a cocktail culture that thrives today. The artful Maestros de Ron (Master Blenders) continue to follow the same exacting standards set forth by Don Facundo.
"For the past 150 years, Bacardi - as a family, Company and brand - has brought people together through legendary parties and great-tasting cocktails. Visit any bar, club or restaurant almost anywhere in the world, and the impact Bacardi has made on the spirits industry is crystal-clear," said Seamus McBride, Bacardi Limited President and Chief Executive Officer. "It's incredible to see how a one-brand company founded 150 years ago has grown into the third-largest spirits company in the world with an enviable portfolio of iconic spirits including GREY GOOSE vodka, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, DEWAR'S Blended Scotch whisky, MARTINI vermouth, ERISTOFF vodka and CAZADORES 100% blue agave tequila."
Parties, Parties, Parties!
BACARDI 150th birthday parties around the world will feature award-winning musical talent, top celebrities and other movers and shakers who, alongside consumers, will wish BACARDI happy birthday. Germany hosts the first BACARDI 150th party on January 28, followed by Canada starting February 1, and the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East starting February 4. On February 4, Rolling Stone® magazine will honor BACARDI in Indianapolis the day before "the big game," the most anticipated American football game in the U.S., with a "super" birthday party. In addition, Bacardi is thrilled to be partnering with celebrities and trendsetters in cities around the world who will throw their own events to wish BACARDI rum happy birthday.
Guests will celebrate with legendary BACARDI rum cocktails, some created more than 100 years ago, that continue to be among the most popular cocktails in the world – including the Original BACARDI Cuba Libre, the world's favorite cocktail with more than six million enjoyed every day; the Original BACARDI Daiquiri; the Authentic BACARDI Mojito; and the BACARDI Pina Colada. Since its creation, BACARDI rum has been enjoyed in more than 365 billion cocktails. That means every second of every day more than 200 BACARDI cocktails are being served and enjoyed around the world!
By visiting the BACARDI Facebook® page, with more than two million fans, consumers of legal drinking age in select markets can vie for BACARDI 150th birthday party tickets and BACARDI party kits filled with all ingredients to host their own unforgettable gathering. In select markets, consumers will also be able to win or purchase commemorative BACARDI glassware, specialty packs and apparel featuring vintage brand advertisements and/or designs by artists of Cuban heritage.
To honor 150 years of Bacardi rum-making expertise and craftsmanship, eight Maestros de Ron, all Bacardi family members, have combined their extraordinary talents to create a very special, limited-edition BACARDI rum — Ron BACARDI de Maestros de Ron, Vintage, MMXII®. A blend of the finest rums laid to rest in oak barrels over the last 20 years and finished in 60-year old Cognac barrels, the vintage blend is presented in a hand-blown 500ml crystal decanter housed in a leather case and retails for US$2,000. Truly limited, only 400 decanters are available for purchase at select international airports and premium retail establishments around the world.
Additional Bacardi 150th activities include:
Visit the special 150th anniversary section to learn about Bacardi heritage, including why a bat and signature grace every bottle of BACARDI rum or how Bacardi became Cuba's first multinational company.
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. Its brand portfolio consists of more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDI® rum, the world's favorite and most-awarded rum; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world-leader in super premium vodka; DEWAR'S® Blended Scotch whisky, the top-selling blended Scotch whisky in the United States; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; MARTINI® vermouth, the world-leader in vermouth; ERISTOFF® vodka, one of the fastest-growing vodka brands in the world; and 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.
Founded in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862 and family-owned for the past seven generations, Bacardi employs nearly 6,000 people, manufactures its brands at 27 facilities in 16 markets on four continents and sells in more than 150 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.BacardiLimited.com
On January 25, members of the media are invited to register to receive additional information on Bacardi 150th anniversary activities as well as access multimedia assets such as logos, images, advertisements, video and audio files, interviews, timelines and more via www.BacardiMediaCentre.com.
Patricia M. Neal