"St. Lucia Distillers Group of Companies is a small, innovative, quality-driven rum producer."
- Margaret Monplaisir, Director St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies
ST. LUCIA DISTILLERS
GROUP OF COMPANIES
Committed to innovation and quality, St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies is a small rum distillery situated in the scenically beautiful and agriculturally rich valley of Roseau on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. A passionate team of distillers, blenders, engineers, technicians and administrative staff work together to produce some of the world’s best rums and rum products. St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies products have been recognised at the world’s most exacting competitions, winning numerous accolades and awards. The Company prides itself on its commitment to product development and has an offering of over 25 rums and rum products from premium rums and liqueurs to traditional pouring rums. St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies is HACCP compliant.
A TIMELINE OF SAINT LUCIA DISTILLERS GROUP OF COMPANIES
St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies emerged from a tradition of the on-site, house-special rum production that was a common feature of the West Indian sugar plantation. Sugar’s by-product, molasses was fermented and distilled to rum, the demand for which has been a constant through the fluctuations of West Indian plantation economies.
By the late 1950s, two distilleries remained one at Dennery, the site of the Barnard family plantation, and the other Geest-owned at Roseau, the location of the now St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies.
St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies was formed when the two distilleries amalgamated producing a now-discontinued blend of rum whose name reflected the merger, Denros Bounty Rum.
The Barnard family bought out the Geest shares and in 1997 sold shares to Trinidad-based Angostura Ltd., giving the company a wider regional presence and the capital to pursue the product development philosophy which has since characterized SLD Group of Companies.
The Barnard family, planters, and rum distillers for over a century sold to CLICO, with third-generation rum-maker, Laurie Barnard staying on as Managing Director
Today, SLD Group of Companies boasts a range of over 25 rum and rum-related products which have performed exceptionally and won honours at international competitions.
Making an excellent rum product is central to St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies' company ethos. It is the springboard from which all other aspects of the company’s operations are launched.
This small but distinct distillery prides itself on the development of quality-driven products with a broad product line. The team at St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies is not afraid to take risks and is always innovative. St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies moves forward with this philosophy with an emphasis on production and energy efficiency, understanding the market, and addressing competition.
St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies maintains its commitment to the efficiency of production and environmental responsibility; to that end, the organization has undertaken these projects:
a bottle recycling program
boiler operation primarily on recovered waste oil
effluent discharge is carefully managed, to minimize its impact on the environment and meets EU standards on distillery effluent
a cogeneration unit that uses steam turbines that harness boiler steam to create power to run the distillery plant