Over the past
decade, Demerara Distillers Limited has been engaged in a very
aggressive expansion and diversification programme. Today, the
company is truly an international one, with subsidiary companies
in Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, the United States and Holland. The
company operates a bottling plant in St. Kitts, and has associated
companies in Canada, and India.
At home, Demerara Distillers in addition to its core operations
of rum distilling, and bottling, is involved in the production
of non-alcoholic beverages. In addition to the company's own flavorful
brand of the SOCA soft drinks, the company holds the franchise
for the production and distribution of the world famous PEPSI,
SLICE and 7UP.
Just recently, Halewood International of the United Kingdom appointed
Demerara Distillers Limited as the producer, bottler and distributor
for the ever-popular RED SQUARE range of drinks for the Guyana’s,
the Caribbean, South America and the United States. With this,
the company has now ventured into the fastest growing category
of drinks in the world today - low alcohol, carbonated, ready
to drink beverages.
For the non-alcoholic drinkers, Demerara Distillers packages fresh
fruit juices from the company's own farm. The TOPCO juices, unlike
the many concentrated drinks on the market, are made of fresh
fruit, and are available locally and across the Caribbean.
Distribution Services Limited, the distribution arm of the company
was formed in 1993. Today, this company is one of the leading
distributing companies in Guyana, and boasts such principals as
Johnson and Johnson, Neutrogena, and NESTLE.
The distillery has the capacity to produce in excess of 26 million
liters of pure alcohol annually, and is the largest supplier of
bulk rums and alcohols from the Caribbean to brand owners in Europe
and North America. The company's impressive list of clientele
includes companies such as Diageo, Jim Beam Brands, Hiram Walker,
Allied Distillers, and Corby's.
At the distillery, a strict ageing program is enforced - the rums
are aged in 45 gallon oak casks. With a warehousing capacity of
50,000 of these oak casks, the company has assured supplies of
aged rums for the production of the El Dorado 25 years old, the
El Dorado 21 year old, the El Dorado 15 years old, the El Dorado
12 years old and the El Dorado 5 years old rums.
Last year Latcapital Solutions
started on engagement (July 2003) to modernize the organizations
technology software platform implementing the SAP with in different
areas of the organization: