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Long Pond distillery not affected by fire at factory

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Operators of the Long Pond Distillery in Trelawny have reported that the facility and aged rum stock have not been affected by a fire that rampaged through the property on Monday.

“We are relieved to announce that nobody was harmed in the fire at Long Pond distillery in Jamaica and that damages only occurred to production materials and buildings,” a release from the Long Pond Distillery and National Rums of Jamaica yesterday said, adding that “the distillery itself, including the stills has not been affected”.

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It said the fire started in cane fields near the distillery, midday Monday and quickly spread, touching some part of the fermentation room and the fresh rum stocks, of which approximately 65,000 litres were destroyed.

“As we don't store or aged rum at Long Pond Distillery, the aged rum stock was not affected. We are currently assessing the full extent of the damages,” added the release.

“In the middle of this difficulty, I know I can count on my team as well as our owners, the Jamaican Government, Maison Ferrand and Demerara Distillers Ltd. We are all committed for Long Pond to distill again this one of a kind rum as soon as possible,” said Winston Harrison, CEO of National Rums of Jamaica.

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