Demerara Destilleries Limited (DDL)

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.

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:

· Financials & cost controlling (FICO)
· Supply Chain Management
· Sales & Distribution (SD)
· Material management (MM)
· Production planning (PP)
· Quality Management (QM)
· To support the rum process

Project Duration: Six Months
Country: Guyana

Additional phases are contemplated to enhance software functionality and increase customer service satisfaction.