Tequila Cazadores cuts carbon footprintBy Melita Kiely
Bacardi-owned Tequila Cazadores has ditched fossil fuels and is now using discarded products made during production to generate energy through its new biomass boiler.
Located in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, the distillery’s new biomass boiler uses discarded parts of agave plants to power the site, making Cazadores 100% biomass-fuelled.
Furthermore, ashes made within the boiler are also put to use for composting and turned into a nutrient-rich soil supplement.
Approximately 60% of the biofuel comes from agave fibres, which equates to around 100,000 tonnes each year.
The remaining 40% is sourced from alternative renewable sources, such as clean waste food, biomass briquettes, sawdust, coconut shell and tree cuttings.
Tequila Cazadores’ green efforts come as part of Bacardi’s ongoing ‘Good Spirited’ campaign.
“Global climate changes have the potential to affect Bacardi and the production of our brands,” said Eduardo Vallado, vice president of supply chain and manufacturing for Bacardi in the Americas.
“Our Good Spirited initiative is part of our legacy, vital to our growth and sustainability and this biomass boiler changeover in Mexico, one of many to come, represents our steadfast commitment to our customers and consumers to make the best quality spirits in the most responsible ways.”
The switch to a biomass boiler took 18 months to plan and 10 months to put into practice.