24 Facts About Bacardi


Bacardi Limited is one of the largest privately held, family-owned spirits companies in the world.

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Bacardi Limited is the group of companies as a whole and includes Bacardi International Limited.

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Bacardi Limited is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, and has a board of directors led by the original founder's great-great grandson, Facundo L Bacardi, the chairman of the board.

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Facundo Bacardi Masso, a Spanish wine merchant, was born in Sitges, Catalonia, Spain, in 1814, and emigrated to Santiago, Cuba, in 1830.

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In 1899, Emilio Bacardi became the first democratically elected mayor of Santiago, appointed US General Leonard Wood.

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In Santiago, his brother Facundo M Bacardi continued to manage the company along with Schueg, who began the company's international expansion by opening bottling plants in Barcelona and New York City.

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In 1927, Bacardi ventured outside the realm of spirits for the first time, with the introduction of an authentic Cuban Malt beer: Hatuey beer.

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In 1936, Bacardi began producing rum on US territory in Puerto Rico after Prohibition which enabled the company to sell rum tariff-free in the United States.

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Bacardi later expanded to the United States in 1944 with the opening of Bacardi Imports, Inc in Manhattan, New York City.

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In 1965, over 100 years after the company was established in Cuba, Bacardi established new roots and found a new home with global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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In 1999, Otto Reich, a lobbyist in Washington on behalf of Bacardi, drafted section 211 of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Appropriations Act, FY1999, a bill that became known as the Bacardi Act.

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Bacardi rekindled the story of the Arechabala family and Havana Club in the United States when it launched the AMPARO Experience in 2018, an immersive play experience based in Miami, the city with the highest population of Cuban exiles.

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Bacardi later bought the brand from the original owners, the Arechabala family.

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Bacardi created the Real Havana Club rum based on the original recipe from the Arechabala family, manufactures it in Puerto Rico, and sells it in the United States.

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Bacardi continues to fight in the courts, attempting to legalize their own Havana Club trademark outside the United States.

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Bacardi Limited has made numerous acquisitions to diversify away from the eponymous Bacardi rum brand.

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In 2006 Bacardi Limited purchased New Zealand vodka brand 42 Below.

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In 2018, Bacardi Limited purchased tequila manufacturer Patron for $5.

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Bacardi rums have been entered for a number of international spirit ratings awards.

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Bacardi lived at Finca Vigia, in the small town of San Francisco de Paula, located very close to Bacardi's Modelo Brewery for Hatuey Beer in Cotorro, Havana.

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In 2006, Bacardi USA leased a 15-story headquarters complex in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Bacardi had employees in seven buildings across Miami-Dade County at the time.

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Bacardi vacated its former headquarters buildings on Biscayne Boulevard in Midtown Miami.

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The Bacardi buildings are exactly the sort that resonate with our consciousness of what Miami is about.

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