Rums of Puerto Rico Encourages Festival Goers to “Just Think, Puerto Rican Rum”

As part of its sponsorship of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, Rums of Puerto Rico, the umbrella marketing organization for the collection of the world’s finest rums, last night held a cocktail reception for local community and business leaders and the press to celebrate the Island’s popular rum brands at award winning chef Michelle Bernstein’s Sra. Martinez restaurant.

The reception was part of the government’s efforts to remind Miami spirit drinkers about the award-winning attributes that make Puerto Rican rums stand out from their competitors. Festival participants are encouraged to “Just Think, Puerto Rican Rum” when sampling rums this weekend and ordering a rum or rum-based drink in the future.

“We want to remind Festival participants, and spirits drinkers everywhere, that the rums produced in Puerto Rico are the best in the world,” said Nicole J. Rodriguez, director of Rums of Puerto Rico. “In addition to tasting great served neat or over ice, our rums are an important ingredient in a wide variety of drinks and food recipes, such as the ones that our Rums Ambassadors and Chef Bernstein created for today’s event.”

There are three attributes that make Puerto Rico’s rums superior to others: the Island’s centuries old tradition of rum making; the legally-mandated, one-year aging of certain rums in white oak barrels; and the Island’s commitment to excellence. The result: Puerto Rican rums – including Bacardi, Don Q, Ron Llave, Ron del Barrilito and Palo Viejo – comprise more than 70 percent of the rum sold in the United States and are the best selling rums in the world.

The event is part of Rums of Puerto Rico’s efforts to tell this story through print, digital and out-of-home messaging in Miami, New York and Washington, DC. These ads will be supported by public relations and social media efforts and an upgraded web site ( Rums of Puerto Rico is also executing a series of events and partnerships throughout the year, including sponsorship of this year’s Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and San Juan’s Taste of Rum festival.

“Puerto Rico’s rums are not just a culinary ambassador for Puerto Rico, they are also an important economic driver for the island’s economy,” Rodriguez added. “Whether it is our island’s beautiful beaches, our superior rums or the many other goods and services produced by our friendly, bilingual workforce, we want Americans to say the same thing when they think about Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico equals quality.”

The “Just Think, Puerto Rican Rum” tagline is tied to other Puerto Rico economic development and promotional efforts, including the Puerto Rican Tourism Company’s “Just Think, Puerto Rico” campaign, which launched last fall in New York City. Both campaigns also employ the green and black “Puerto Rico Does It Better” logo that is now appearing on all of the government’s promotional materials.

About Rums of Puerto Rico

Rums of Puerto Rico, a division of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), was created in 1948 to administer the advertising and promotional programs that encourage the consumption of rum and protect its leadership in the United States market. The quality brands produced in Puerto Rico are aged at least one year by law. This sets the standard of excellence that includes only the finest rums and offers an extensive choice in the rum category including Bacardi, Don Q, Ron Llave, Ron del Barrilito and Palo Viejo, among others.

About The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Corporation (PRIDCO)

The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) is a government-owned corporation dedicated to promoting Puerto Rico as an investment destination for companies and industries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1950, PRIDCO has led the efforts in the industrialization of the Island. PRIDCO continues to be a catalyst for Puerto Rico’s economic development, leading the transformation from a traditional industrial economy to an economy based on knowledge. PRIDCO emphasizes promoting high technology industries among sectors such as the life sciences, technology, computing and services that leverage Puerto Rico’s unique combination of tax incentives, skilled workforce, strong infrastructure and excellent business climate.

SOURCE Rums of Puerto Rico