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“St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies is a small, innovative, quality-driven rum producer.”
- Laurie Barnard, Director St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies since 1972 

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.


History

“Wherever there has been sugar production, there has been rum.” 
Andre Winter, Operations Manager, St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies employee since 1976

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 in 1972 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 in 1992 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 characterised St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies. In 2005 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.

St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies, in the thirty nine (39) years since its inception, has grown from producing a single-label mass-market rum to a portfolio of premium rums and liqueurs.

Today, St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies boasts a range of over 25 rum and rum-related products which have performed exceptionally and won honours at international competitions.


Strategy

We will not compromise on the quality of our rums
Lennox Wilson, Production Manager, St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies employee since 2009

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 efficiency of production and environmental responsibility; to that end, the organisation has undertaken these projects:

  • a bottle recycling programme
  • boiler operation primarily on recovered waste oil
  • effluent discharge is carefully managed, to minimise its impact on the environment and meets EU standards on distillery effluent
  • a cogeneration unit which uses steam turbines that harness boiler steam to create power to run the distillery plant


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