BACARDÍ Rum Celebrates 1,000 Awards Milestone Following 160th Anniversary

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BACARDÍ rum is celebrating two momentous occasions this month, including its 160-year anniversary, which just took place on February 4, as well as its 1,000th spirit award to date. As the world’s most-awarded rum brand, BACARDÍ is thrilled to announce this milestone achievement, which can be attributed to the brand’s trailblazing influence and dedication to taste, quality and innovation, shaping the industry as we know it today.

Recognition and awards for the company’s quality and production span over 140 years, dating back to the 1876 Philadelphia International Exposition, where the rum brand was established as a revolutionary product among other game-changing inventions — namely the telephone and the Remington typewriter. 

In 1888, BACARDÍ was appointed “Purveyors of the Royal Spanish Household,” dubbing them “The King of Rums, and the Rum of Kings,” which granted the brand permission to display the Spanish Coat of Arms on its label. Since then, the brand has continued to accrue hard-earned awards from the world’s most illustrious spirits competitions, preserving its title as “the world’s most-awarded rum.”

In the United States, the rum brand consistently places in annual competitions like the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the world’s biggest national spirits competition; New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, considered one of the most respected judging events in the eastern United States; and the SIP Awards, widely held with the only internationally recognized consumer judging spirits competition, amongst others.

Beyond the honor of recognition, BACARDÍ treasures these accolades with a deep sense of appreciation for the consumers that have made it all possible. By prioritizing quality above all else when it comes to producing its iconic rums, the brand continues to create premium products for its supportive and discerning consumer base, which has served as constant inspiration to keep churning out award-winning rums.

“We’re proud to reach this monumental achievement, and the fact that it coincides with the 160th anniversary of BACARDÍ rum on February 4 makes it that much more meaningful. Our founder, Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, perfected his distillation process on that day in 1862, which changed the course of rum distillation throughout the industry — so we really honor that day,” said Ned Duggan, Global Senior Vice President for BACARDÍ. 

“As BACARDÍ continues to innovate, we’re really excited to enter our latest products into competitions for taste, quality, and design around the world. Some of our more recent innovations include BACARDÍ Real Rum Canned Cocktails, BACARDÍ Spiced, and BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Sherry Cask Finish, so it’s time they start to receive the awards recognition they deserve.”

The celebration of Founder’s Day recognizes Don Facundo Bacardí Massó’s trailblazing work on the rum-making process and the family history that has remained resilient to create and preserve tradition. On this special occasion, the BACARDÍ community welcomes fans all over the world to join them to stir, shake, or mix their favorite BACARDÍ cocktail and raise a glass to the next 160 years.

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