With the Demerara Distilleries Limited’s new state-of-the-art bottling plant expected to go on trial next February, the beverage giant has indicated that it will be better able to meet the increasing demand for the world renowned rum, and at the same time increase the export of spirits.
The machinery, which is fully automated, will reportedly result in the doubling of the existing bottling capacity of the Demerara Distilleries Limited (DDL).
The new plant is expected to go into operation in early March 2009, as part of the DDL’s ongoing $4.5 billion expansion programme. This venture will also see the construction of a multi-column still and bio-methanization plant.
The multi-column still will give DDL additional capacity and flexibility in producing an even wider range of products at the distillery.
This will also allow the company to continue to compete successfully in the international marketplace, given the escalating cost of fuel and other raw materials. The new bio-methanization plant is the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.
According to DDL, the plant will utilise the spent wash from the distillery to produce biogas, which will reportedly replace up to two-thirds of the fuel oil currently used by the distillery operations.
In addition to this, the conversion of the spent wash biogas will also allow for more environmentally friendly operation of the plant.
DDL Chairman, Dr. Yesu Persaud, during a tour of the new bottling plant on Wednesday last, informed that, “There has been continuous growth of the global market for El Dorado rums, including recent success in penetrating all provinces of Canada as well as entry into the large Russian market.”
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