Bacardi Completes First Phase of US$250 Million Investment in Dewar's(R)

By Bacardi Limited, PRNE
Monday, October 4, 2010

Demand for Dewar's Scotch whisky up; commitment to protect Scottish environment -

HAMILTON, Bermuda, October 5, 2010 - Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world,
today announced the initial phase of its US$250 million dollar investment in
Scotch whisky production has been completed. This investment is to meet
growing demand for the premium portfolio of Dewar's Scotch whiskies, which
are among the top-selling, favorite and most awarded Scotches in the world.

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"Demand for Dewar's Scotch whiskies has grown significantly in the United
, Asia and other emerging markets and we are excited to have completed
the first phase of a new infrastructure project to support higher inventories
of maturing whisky and increase our blending, bottling and packing
capabilities," said Seamus McBride, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Bacardi Limited.

Dewar's has undertaken a comprehensive redevelopment of an existing site
in Parkhead, Glasgow, and has built five new maturation warehouses and a new
blend center, as well as installed new bottling lines and packing equipment.
The Dewar's expansion project, which started in July 2007 and was one of the
most significant investments ever in the Scotch industry at the time, will be
completed in phases over ten years.

The Company also purchased more than 100 acres in central Scotland and
developed a second maturation facility including six warehouses where Dewar's
ages whisky for flavor and smoothness. Three more aging warehouses are
currently under construction and a blending facility will be built next year.

Bacardi environmental commitment to Scotland

As the Dewar's business expands, the Company has an increasing commitment
to protect and sustain the Scottish environment. "We believe the quality of
Dewar's fine whiskies are directly linked to the quality of Scotland's
natural elements," said Iain Lochhead, operations director of John Dewar's &
Sons Ltd. "From Scotland's clean air, pristine water and fine grain comes
this great product. We take the original meaning of whisky — "water of life"
– to heart from the natural ingredients in the environment to the final

Dewar's has planted close to 100,000 indigenous trees including birch,
rowan oak and beech to naturally enhance the facility and blend into the
surrounding landscape at the new maturation facility in central Scotland.
Another 40,000 more trees will be planted over the next three years. Careful
planning was taken for both construction and tree planting to not interfere
with bird nesting seasons.

"We are extremely proud that our Scotch whisky distilleries have played a
key role in protecting the environment," said Jon Grey, Senior Vice President
of Global Operations Group for Bacardi.

Environmental efficiencies

Overall, efficiencies in Dewar's Scotch production have resulted in
energy savings, and usage is down by 11% in distilleries over the past three
years. Since fiscal year 2009, water usage has been cut by 17.5 percent,
resulting in a savings equivalent to 300 Olympic swimming pools every year.

Returning water back to nature is important as well. At its Aberfeldy
distillery, which produces the award-winning single malt at the heart of the
Dewar's blends, treated leftover water is cleaned by passing through a reed
bed, an innovative natural filtration process to flow into the River Tay,
famed for its salmon and trout fishing.

In addition, the design and construction of the new facilities was
undertaken by local suppliers and the vast majority of malted barley, yeast
and packaging materials including glass, caps and cases are purchased locally
to reduce "road miles" and cut carbon emission impacts.

Another sign of its move into the future, Dewar's recently unveiled a new
modern, bold and cohesive look and package design, visually linking its
portfolio of premium blended and single malt Scotch whiskies. The Dewar's
portfolio includes DEWAR'S(R) WHITE LABEL(R), DEWAR'S(R) 12 YEAR OLD, DEWAR'S
ABERFELDY(R) SINGLE MALT — 12 AND 21 YEARS. The new design with its smooth
curves and tempting colors emphasizes the artistry and craftsmanship that has
defined the Dewar's brand since 1846 and provides a window into the superior
spirit inside.

The growing demand for Dewar's has also led to an increase in visitors at
the Dewar's World of Whisky(TM), in Aberfeldy, one of the premier visitor
centers in the world since it opened in 2000, with a greater desire to learn
about the art of fine Scotch production and developing connoisseurship. This
center has been voted "the ultimate distillery visitor center," by Whisky
Magazine and is rated a five-star tourist attraction in Scotland.

About DEWAR'S(R) Blended Scotch Whiskies

The name of DEWAR'S(R) is one of the most respected in the world of
blended Scotch whisky. Founded in 1846 by John Dewar Sr., quality and
innovation are fundamental to the story of DEWAR'S. DEWAR'S blended Scotch
whiskies have been awarded more than 200 medals along with awards at
competitive tastings across the globe, providing a guarantee of the quality
of the whisky. Today, DEWAR'S is one of the largest whisky brands in the
world, and the top-selling blended Scotch whisky in the United States.

The complete DEWAR'S portfolio of blended Scotch whiskies includes:
DEWAR'S(R) WHITE LABEL(R), first crafted in 1899 and the flagship of the
DEWAR'S portfolio; DEWAR'S(R) 12 Year-Old; DEWAR'S(R) 18 Year-Old and DEWAR'S
SIGNATURE(R), the ultimate expression of blended Scotch whisky. For more
information on DEWAR'S, please visit

Bacardi acquired the Dewar's brand in 1998. Bacardi, through its John
& Sons Ltd. subsidiary, employs 300 people at seven locations
throughout Scotland. The Company currently operates whisky distilleries in
Aberfeldy, Macduff, Aultmore, Craigellachie and Royal Brackla with blending,
bottling and packaging facilities in Glasgow and maturation facilities in
Poniel in Central Scotland.

About Bacardi Limited

Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held spirits company in the
world and produces and markets a variety of internationally-recognized
spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited brand portfolio consists of more than
200 brands and labels, including some of the world's favorite and best-known
products: BACARDI(R) rum, the world's favorite premium rum and world's most
awarded rum; GREY GOOSE(R) vodka, the world-leader in super premium vodka;
DEWAR'S(R) Scotch whisky, the top-selling blended Scotch whisky in the United
; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R) gin, the top valued and fastest-growing premium
gin in the world; MARTINI(R) vermouth, the world-leader in vermouth;
CAZADORES(R) blue agave tequila, the top selling premium tequila in the
world; and other leading brands. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group
of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. For additional
information, please visit

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Abril Barba, Burson-Marsteller for Bacardi, +1-441-294-1110, abril.barba at; or Patricia M. Neal, for Bacardi, +1-441-294-1110 ; NOTE TO EDITORS: A multimedia news release with video, links, and images can be viewed at

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