Founded in 1862 by Don Facundo Bacardi in Cuba, the enterprise was an experiment in creating a smoother, drink-alone version of the rum that was available at that time. Don Facundo developed a proprietary process that includes filtering the rum through a secret formula of carbon, thus eliminating oils and other solid impurities and giving the rum its crystal clear quality.
The Bacardi Corporation established its headquarters in Puerto Rico in 1936 to produce rum for distribution in the U.S and around the world. Bacardi is known for its Bacardi White, Gold, Select, 8, and 151 Rums in addition to mixed blends such as Bacardi Limón, Bacardi Dragon Berry, and Bacardi Peach.
Just say "Bacardi" and several images immediately spring to mind: Daiquiri, Piña Colada, Rum & Cola, tropical breeze, palm trees, and even fruit bats. Established in1862, Bacardi turned rum consumption from "Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum" to a sophisticated spirit sipped straight or on the rocks.
As the Spanish-American War came to a close in 1898, with Spain ceding Cuba, Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico to the U.S., the company quickly expanded its operations on an international scale during the first decades of the 1900s, including production, bottling, and distribution facilities in Spain and Mexico.
Another boost to Bacardi’s growth was the repeal of Prohibition in December 1933. The company entered the U.S. market with a bang, selling over 80,000 cases in 1934. To save on the United States' expensive import duty tax, the Bacardi family opened another Bacardi facility in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1936. Under American control since the Treaty of Paris in 1901, Puerto Rico was considered U.S. soil and its exports duty free. Under the name Bacardi Corporation, the new company moved to larger accommodations across the San Juan bay in Cataño in 1958, where it still remains.
Today, Bacardi is the largest premium rum brand in the world, a registered brand in Puerto Rico since 1909. The Cataño production facility is the largest premium rum distillery in the world, producing more than 80% of the Bacardi rum sold globally. The company plays a significant role in Puerto Rican affairs. For example, Puerto Rican government receives a large amount in federal excise taxes generated by the Company and Bacardi Corporation is the largest tax revenue contributor to the Puerto Rico Treasury Department.
Because Puerto Rico does it better, Bacardi Rum is the most awarded Premium Rum Brand in the World. Since its inception in 1862, Bacardi has received over 200 medals in worldwide competitions. In 2008 alone Bacardi was honored with 78 awards throughout the globe.