Key Highlights

FY18 Good Spirited Environmental Sustainability Award Winners

FY18 Good Spirited Environmental Sustainability Award Winners

  • Our rum facility in Catano, Puerto Rico redesigned distillation columns, reconfigured the barrel conditioning process, and upped its steam recapturing process to significantly reduce water usage. The BACARDÍ® rum facility reuses 100% of its condensate within the distillery, which saves an incredible 35,000 gallons of water each day. Along the same lines, a new barrel conditioning process reduced spills and water waste, which produces a savings of 768,000 gallons of water per year. The plant also now recaptures 95% of the steam it generates during distillation (up from 60%) to produce clean energy, reducing the need for heavy oil consumption.
  • The Tequila CAZADORES® facility in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, maintained its zero-waste-to-landfill status in FY18 as it continues to reuse and recycle all waste. In addition, the facility secured Procuradoria Federal Proteccion al Ambiente (PROFEPA) Clean Industry Status certification for its best-in-class legal compliance, safety, and environmental practices.
  • Over a five-year period, the single malt distilleries of John Dewar & Sons Limited – ABERFELDY®, AULTMORE®, CRAIGELLACHIE®, MACDUFF®, ROYAL BRACKLA® – reduced overall water use by 16%. The efforts include automation of cooling water systems in still houses, reduction in water used in cleaning procedures, and the installation of additional water meters. These new methods help lessen water needs from local rivers, burns, and springs.
  • The Bacardi team in Spain moved to a new office in Barcelona that reduces environmental impacts while addressing the health of employees. The new facility, designed with eco-conscious materials, offers employees a workspace that promotes well-being. In addition, each team member received their very own Fitbit® after the move to help increase health and activity awareness and the office launched an in-house app to educate and promote healthy eating habits and physical activities.
  • During the 2017 Gin Day trade show, the Pessione, Italy team, which represented BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® at a booth, collected more than 50kg of discarded lemon halves from the trade show bars, distilled them, and used the extracted oils to make 90 jars of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Recycled Lemon Eco Soap to gift to area bars and increase environmental awareness.
  • Building on the success of the 2016 launch of the Bacardi “No Straws” initiative, our Green Champions and customer partners were some of the biggest advocates in making the initiative come alive. HMS Host, the airport and travel dining concessions company, partnered with Bacardi to promote “No Straws” at 360 locations across the world. HMS Host locations serve the BACARDÍ® Wildberry Mojito and GREY GOOSE® Cucumber Mint Lemonade “strawless.”

Patrón

The newest brand to the Bacardi portfolio, Patrón tequila, has a firm commitment to environmental protection. At its Atotonilco, Mexico facility a unique state-of-the-art waste treatment process works through a reverse-osmosis technology to clean water and concentrate vinasses for feeding compost process. In addition, the plant supports ten fellow distilleries and farms by receiving their bagasse, and along with Patrón’s, they transform it into high quality compost used to enrich agave fields and community areas; more than 6,000 tons of compost produced a year. Patrón also is the first tequila distillery to use natural gas as source of energy, reducing GHG emissions into the atmosphere.