Bacardi In Puerto Rico, Cruzan Rum & Captain Morgan In St. Croix & Dominican Republic Rums All In Paths Of Storms
Even those not in the path of the storms could feel the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria after they slammed into several Caribbean islands.
Lovers of rum.
With the destruction caused by the storms, as well as power being knocked out, flooding and basic serves like food and water taking priority, rum production has been halted while the people on the islands get back on their feet.
And this could mean higher rum prices for Caribbean rums for consumers around the world.
Several rum factories have been and could be affected by the hurricanes. Bacardi has a factory in Puerto Rico and is one of three rums produced on the island. Its Casa Bacardi, which offers tours, is closed.
The others rums made in Puerto Rico are Don Q (a favorite of the locals) and the aged Ron del Bariilito, the “Cognac of the Caribbean.”
Cruzan rum and Captain Morgan are both made in St. Croix, the outstanding Ron Barcelo is one of several rums crafted in the Dominican Republic.
Not only is the suspension of production an issue but the status of the sugar cane fields is also a consideration.
Along with tourism, rum production and sales are a huge part of the economy of these islands. Tourists take tours of the rum factories, consume these rums when they are on the islands and these rums in bars and restaurants throughout the USA and around the globe and purchase them in retail outlets.
Any disruption in production and supply is going to affect the pricing and, possibly – at least for the short term – the availability of some of these rums.