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Mount Gay Rum names new manager

Rémy Cointreau-owned Mount Gay has appointed Maggie Campbell as its estate rum manager.

Campbell will work with the distillery’s first female master blender Trudiann Branker

Two years on from Mount Gay’s appointment of its first female master blender Trudiann Branker in 2019, new estate rum manager Campbell will oversee the distillery’s sugarcane production through to its finished bottling.

Campbell will work alongside Branker, who became master blender after a five-year apprenticeship with former master blender Allen Smith.

“Mount Gay has always held a special place in my heart,” said Campbell.

“I’ve followed the work of Allen Smith and Trudiann Branker for quite some time and to be invited to join Mount Gay is a true privilege. I’m committed to honouring the genuine rum tradition and celebrating over 300 years of rum-making expertise.”

Campbell once held the position of master distiller and president at US-based distillery Privateer Rum.

Raphael Grisoni, managing director at Mount Gay, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Maggie to our team here in Barbados.

“I’ve been following her career for many years, and she will be an integral part to the future of the Mount Gay estate. We’re looking forward to sharing her work with the rum world in years to come.”

Prior to the appointment of her new position, Campbell served two elected terms on the American Craft Spirit Association’s (ACSA) board of directors, as well as two terms as vice-president for the trade body.

She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Resistance Served, a food, beverage and hospitality conference in New Orleans, US, and on the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) international advisory alumni board.

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