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Andrew & Outram Hussey

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rum Fire Velvet Wins German ISW Gold Award.

The European market  Rum Fire introduction, re-branded as  Rum Fire Velvet  was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2013 International Spirits Competition (Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb) in Germany.  

Once again, the expert panel of judges have been impressed by this superbly finished and surprisingly smooth white overproof rum.  

Rum Fire White Overproof Rum also continues to add to it's collections of awards and accolades. Rum Fire scored another Gold Medal- this time at the 2013 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.  

Marketing Director, Christelle Harris, says 'We at Hampden Estate are proud to add these two new gold medals to our existing collection".

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rum Fire Wins Gold - Best of the Best 2013

Hampden Estate - Rum Fire Wins Gold Again at Rum Renaissance Festival.

This annual gathering of rum judges from around the world has become a greatly anticipated event by rum enthusiasts and rum brands from the Caribbean and beyond. In many cases, new emerging brands, small craft distillers and exotic expressions never before seen in the United States are being celebrated across the globe with their success in this forum.

"The rum judges were surprised and delighted to find a greater number of fine rums in their blind tasting session again this year," said RumXP organizer Robert V. Burr. "The trend toward better quality mixing rums for cocktails, more exquisite luxury sipping rums and greatly improved flavored and spiced rums continues. The RumXP judges evaluated more rums than ever before. The competition was tough, but these rum experts rose to the challenge and identified the best of the best of 2013."

In the Overproof Rum category -  An additional Gold award in this category went to Rum Fire of Jamaica.

"The RumXP member judges congratulate all the winning entries in their 2013 tasting competition," said Burr. "These accolades reflect the work of outstanding master distillers, blenders and rum brands from around the world."


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hampden Unveil Expansion Plans

In keeping with the demand for quality aged rums, Hampden recently unveiled plans for the development of state-of-the art rum ageing warehouses. The proposed warehouses are designed to achieve exacting  specifications for proper and deep maturation environments necessary to develop quality aged rums in oak charred Bourbon Barrels.  The development will also include a Visitor Center with a contiguous Product Development Center.

Hampden Distillery is unique in that it produces rum from one of two sources, Sugar Cane Juice (Rum Agricole) or from Molasses (Rum Industrial). Hampden also utilizes both Sugar Cane Juice and Molasses in combination with other wash materials in the making of it's rums. Hampden Distillery is the only distillery in Jamaica that specialize exclusively in the making of Heavy Pot Still rums and having the production means and methods to reduce its ester ranges below 50 esters (very light pot category).

Proposed Master Plan

Hampden, for more than two centuries have supplied special marques to various rum companies throughout the world. Consequently, Hampden’s distinctive marques can be found in many brands marketed worldwide  under various labels. Hampden Distillery currently produces 1 million liters of absolute alcohol (86% Alcohol By Volume) yearly with an upper production capacity of 3 million liters annually.

Quality check on Hampden Rum currently being housed in one of its 1930's sugar warehouse facility.

Each of the 5 proposed Rum ageing  warehouses will have a capacity of holding 8 thousand barrels.The new facility will allow Hampden to develop one of the most unique rum bank in the world having the potential to blend and market rums to meet the most exacting demands. The warehouse and visitor center facilities were designed to achieve sustainable standards necessary to fulfill the distilleries move toward a carbon neutral reality.

Hampden recently received the BID Quality Award in Paris for business/product innovation and has won two silver medals and the Gold Medal from the IWSC for its Rum Fire Brand which was first marketed in March of 2011. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Everglades Farms Ltd. - Hampden Estate Recipient of BID International Quality Award

Award Winners from the Business Initiative Directions (BID) Convention in Paris 2012, left to right:
Bunna Phat, Deputy Managing Director of Cambodian National Insurance Company (CAMINCO); Christelle Harris, Director of Marketing of Everglades Farms Limited, from Jamaica; Jose E. Prieto President and CEO of B.I.D; Kamal Kantari, General Manager of Groupe Kantari; Ali Zarrabi, Reinsurance and International Manager of Karafarin Insurance Company, from Iran and Anthony Rapu, CEO of Sirius Group, from Nigeria.

Everglades Farms Ltd. Is pleased to announce that it’s subsidiary Hampden Estate was the recipient of a BID International Quality Award. Ms. Christelle Harris, Director of Marketing and Mrs. Ruth Hussey, Managing Director received the award on behalf of the company in Paris recently. This award represent a significant commitment by Everglades in the rebuilding of an industry and in bringing economic opportunities to the people of Trelawny .
B.I.D. is the most important private organization in the world presenting a Quality Award on the basis of principles as solid as those of the Deming in Japan (only for Japanese companies), the Baldrige in the U.S. (only for U.S. companies), or the EFQM in Europe (only for European companies). B.I.D. is professionally related with companies in different countries whose products and services help position them as leaders whom invest in innovation, technology, training and installations.

Leaders of previously awarded companies in the BID community honored companies that constantly show creativity and drive in their respective sectors. Groupe Kantari is a leader in Moroccan fruit and vegetable exports. Company productivity accounts for over 80 percent of the total citrus fruit production in the region with 4000 hectares of citrus plantations and a storage capacity of 25000 tons. Hampden Estate, subsidiary of Everglades Farms Limited, is one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica. The company product, Rum Fire, won the rum category of the prestigious 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition, adding to the distinguished heritage of the Estate.

Commitment to Quality, one of the core requirements for winning a BID award, can be seen through the world-class companies previously honored with the BID International Quality Award. Companies which already share BID’s corporate image in their logo are present in more than 170 countries and include world-renowned names on the Fortune 500 list such as: Wal-Mart Stores (1) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (98); Korea Electric Power (271); Beijing COFCO Plaza Development (366) and CH2M Hill International Holdings BV (422). Other previous BID winners worthy of mention include Turner Construction (USA); Haki (Sweden); Ansaldo Energy (Italy); Zepter (Austria); RAO-Unified Energy Systems (Russia); Als & Cachou-TBWA (France); Tata Group (India); Plamex-Plantronics (USA); Dogus Holding A.S. (Tukey); Franklin Electric (USA and Mexico); QMS International from the United Kingdom, FSUE VO "Safety" (Russia); and Viking Line (Finland).