Flor de Cana Rum of Nicaragua
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 05:53 PM EST
Flor de Caña Rum has been produced by Compañia Licorera de Nicaragua in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, since 1890. Owner of one of the world’s largest stock of aged rums, the company is recognized for combining the latest distillation technology and craftsmanship in the selection of natural ingredients, slow-aging process, and single-aged blending of rums.
Compañia Licorera de Nicaragua has made a strategic commitment to the protection of the environment and to the recycling of manufacturing by-products, both requiring substantial investments. Today, the Flor de Caña distillery is known as one of the most efficient and eco-friendly such facilities in the world. A comprehensive manufacturing process virtually eliminates product residues, as well as environmental pollution.
One example of by-products from the manufacturing process being recycled and used in other industries is the generation of 45 Megawatts of renewable electrical energy from the processing of sugar cane. The energy so produced meets the needs of the company’s sugar mill and the distillery in full. The remainder is turned over to the country’s power supplier, so that energy produced by Flor de Caña provides 8% of the thermal-electric energy needs of the country in sugar cane season.
During the fermentation process, 120,000 tons of CO² are captured before being released into the atmosphere. The captured CO² is purified and used in the manufacture of soft drinks.
The residues from the Flor de Caña fermentation process, called vinasse, are recycled through a modern bio-digester, built at the cost of US$8 million to the company, and converted to bio-gas which is used for heating, eliminating the need for petroleum products. The rest of the by-product is used as fertilizer for growing sugar cane.
Flor de Caña uses 100% natural ingredients in production, including sugar cane which Flor de Caña grows adjacent to the distillery. Control methods for insects and other pests during planting and harvesting of sugar cane are biological or mechanical, making them harmless to flora, fauna and humans. Almost all (98%) of the water used in distilling is re-used in other industrial or field activities.
In addition, the company maintains a rigorous recycling program, separating
• 156 tons of cardboard
• 1.5 tons of paper
• 250 tons of glass
• 23 tons of aluminum
• 34.5 tons of plastic
• 200 tons of scrap metal
Compañia Licorera de Nicaragua was the first rum producing company in the world to receive the ISO 9001 certification.
During peak season of production, Flor de Caña employs 400 local workers. Clearly Compañia Licorera de Nicaragua is providing important benefits for its community and the country of Nicaragua.
About Flor de Caña® Rum
Celebrating over 115 years of rum production, family-owned Flor de Caña is the most-awarded rum in the world. Flor de Caña premium and super premium rums are the only rums in the world that are 100% aged or “slow-aged,” guaranteeing each age stated on the bottle is the actual age of the rum. To ensure the highest quality and consistency, Flor de Caña never blends rums of different ages. Flor de Caña rums are distilled and handcrafted from estate-grown sugar cane at Flor de Caña’s fully self-sustaining facility in Nicaragua. The only rum produced in Nicaragua and the most popular in all of Central America, Flor de Caña offers a diverse selection of aged products, including 4 year old White, Gold and Limon; 5 year old; 7 year old; 12 year old; 15 year old; and 18 year old. They may be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a variety of mixed cocktails.