With an investment of more than $ 12 million, Ron del Barrilito will be able to increase its production and export capacity by 400%, according to Eduardo J. Bacardí, director of sales and marketing for Edmundo B. Fernández, Inc.  “With this additional investment of $ 12 million we reaffirm our commitment to Puerto Rico and to Ron del Barrilito to maintain the artisanal production and its original formula, created in the 19th century by Don Pedro Fernández. Now, in this expansion phase, we will reach another level by increasing production, storage and aging capacity for export by 400%. In this way, we prepare to meet the growing demand for our products in the continental United States and internationally, "said Bacardi in a press release.
He also thanked the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company for their support, to the secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), Manuel J. Laboy Rivera and to the mayor of Bayamón, Ramón Luis Rivera, “who from the first day saw the potential of this project for Puerto Rico.”
In 2017, Edmundo B. Fernández, Inc. focused on the renovation and updating of the production and operations part, the construction of the Ron del Barrilito Visitor Center and the launch of three new products: Ron del Barrilito Cinco Estrellas , Ron del Barrilito Cuatro Estrellas-La Hacienda Edition and Ron Hacienda Santa Ana.
This three-year expansion plan includes the purchase of more than 28,000 barrels of Roble Blanco “Ol oroso ”imported from Spain which were previously used to make sherry, an important piece for the formula of the oldest rum in Puerto Rico.
“In addition, new equipment will be acquired to handle the additional production, such as three 25,000-gallon tanks for raw material storage, forklifts, industrial shelves, pumping stations, alternative energy generation system, quality, among others. With this expansion plan, Ron del Barrilito will generate 40% additional direct jobs ", it was specified.
" We are pleased to be part of the expansion of Ron del Barrilito. This plan to expand its export capacity to the United States is backed by $ 6 million from the Manufacturing Incentive Fund used by the Industrial Development Company and destined to strengthen strategic industrial sectors of Puerto Rico, as is definitely our industry of the Ron. We will continue to support this industry that annually generates more than $ 300 million dollars for the local economy and has a workforce of around 700 direct jobs in the rum distilleries, ”said Laboy Rivera.
Meanwhile, The mayor of Bayamón congratulated the company for its success and said that the Hacienda San Ana and the Ron del Barrilito factory have become a great tourist attraction for the municipality and have added an incalculable value of projection and promotion both to the city and its economy.
"This Hacienda is a historical icon that preserves and projects the centennial tradition of the oldest rum in Puerto Rico and as a municipality we reiterate our commitment to support this type of initiative that contributes to the progress of our city of Bayamón," said Rivera.
“We are very grateful for the support received from the loyal followers of Ron del Barrilito and from those who are discovering this exceptional, unique and high quality product, which has earned it the recognition as the World's finest sipping rum by the most sophisticated rum connoisseurs. We also want to thank the dedication of our team during these challenging times. Our company has been very responsible and committed putting everyone's safety first. The whole team accepted the challenge to train in other areas, keep producing and focused on meeting customers. An extraordinary example of this work is that we were able to launch the long-awaited online store, www.shopbarrilito.com where lovers and fans of this centenary rum will be able to purchase all their products and receive them directly at your home at no additional cost for delivery, ”commented Eduardo Bacardí.
The factory and Visitor Center's hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The use of masks is mandatory and the guided tours have to meet certain additional requirements to protect our employees and visitors against COVID-19.
For more information or reservations, you can visit our website: www.rondelbarrilito.com or by calling 787-415-8601.