Angostura: All ‘in order’ following age statement allegations

12th December, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry

Trinidadian rum and bitters producer Angostura has “reviewed all internal processes” and found all is “in order” following local media allegations over the “integrity” of its rum age statements.

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Angostura says it has conducted an internal review after age statement allegations and found all is ‘in order’.

Acting CEO Genevieve Jodhan confirmed that all bulk rums exported by Angostura conform to the importing country’s rules of origin, citing compliance with internationally accepted manufacturing process standards ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, FSSC 22000 and ISO 17025:2005.

In a statement released by Angostura, the business confirms it is “audited three times per year by an external accredited business standards company”.

In addition, Jodhan stated that all is “in order” regarding the brand’s international rum portfolio, reiterating that Angostura Reserva, Angostura 5 YO, Angostura 7 YO, Angostura 1919, Angostura 1824 and Angostura 1787 all carry the Authentic Caribbean Rum (ARC) marque.

The marque is accredited by the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA) and guarantees products bearing it are made from molasses and fermented, distilled, aged and bottled according to Caribbean Common Market standards – i.e. the age statement refers to the youngest rum in the bottle.

The comments follow a report in the Trinidad Express that claimed Angostura is “buying bulk rum” and repackaging it for sale, “in breach of the European Union’s rules of origin”.

“Our internal records and documents indicate that we have not breached any country’s rules of origin,” the Angostura statement concludes.

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