March 25, 2020 – Bacardi Limited, the fabled premium rum producer since 1862, has shifted production at the distillery in Cataño, Puerto Rico to produce much need hand sanitizer. They have partnered with Olein Refinery to provide raw materials that will enable the production of more than 1.7 million units of 10-ounce hand sanitizer to combat shortage of product in Puerto Rico. The sanitizer will be 70% alcohol in line with the recommendations by the World Health Organization for containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Over half a million of the 10-ounce hand sanitizer units
produced by the Bacardi Olein partnership will be donated to local communities. Distribution of free hand sanitizer is
already underway by Bacardi to USPS workers, firefighters and police. The
company plans to expand distribution to non-profit organizations including
Fondos Unidos (United Way). Bacardi employees and contractors also received the
free product as the health and safety of people is always top of mind for the
The temporary shift in production began on March 17 and will
continue as needed. This emergency action will not disrupt the production or
supply of Bacardi rum, which is the good news!
Doing good in the community has always been a priority for Bacardi. The year the company started in Cuba (1862), its founder, Don Facundo Bacardí Massó volunteered as the chief organizer of disaster relief in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba after a horrific earthquake. Since then, the Bacardí family and company have continued to build upon his commitment to assist in times of need. Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian on The Bahamas earlier this year, $1 million USD was donated in cash and other assistance to the disaster relief and recovery efforts. In 2017, in the wake of the destruction wrought by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico, Bacardi committed $3 million USD to relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and The Bahamas. In recent years, Bacardi has also made donations to aid organizations supporting relief efforts in Southeast Asia, China, Australia, Italy, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, Chile, and the United States.