Recently Flotech was contacted by the Bacardi Bottling Corporation to inspect, remove, test, and repair 26 large environmental tank valves at their 96-acre Jacksonville, Florida facility.
Flotech worked closely with the plant maintenance team to get the job done safely and timely to keep the plant delivering most of the Bacardi rum consumed in the US. Bacardi produces about 45,000 cases a day!
Established in Santiago de Cuba in 1862, BACARDI rum is the world’s favorite and most-awarded rum.
Facundo Bacardí Massó, a Spanish wine merchant, was born in Sitges, Catalonia, in 1814, and emigrated to Cuba in 1830. Facundo began attempting to “tame” rum by isolating a proprietary strain of yeast still used in Bacardi production. This yeast gives Bacardi rum its flavor profile. After experimenting with several techniques he hit upon filtering the rum through charcoal, which removed impurities. In addition to this, Facundo aged the rum in white oak barrels, which had the effect of mellowing the drink.
The final product was the first clear, or “white” rum in the world. Coca-Cola wouldn’t be invented for another 24 years!