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antigua distillery >p PRODUCERS A Grand Tradition Antigua Distillery focuses on making high-quality rums and other spirits the old-fashioned way with an eye on the discerning consumer. By Chris Petersen company profile Antigua Distillery Headquarters: St. John’s, Antigua Employees: 200 Specialty: Spirits Anthony Bento, managing director: “We view ourselves as a niche brand, and we position ourselves as a niche brand.” S >> Antigua Distillery still works with recipes for rum that date back to the 19th century, and continues to refine them. uccess is in the details when it comes to liquor. The right combination of ingredients and conditions is absolutely essential to ensuring the highest-quality product, and the tiniest variation to any part of the formula can create a completely different spirit. Managing Director Anthony Bento says the company’s recipes, which have been refined and improved upon since the 19th century, are a substantial portion of Antigua Distillery’s lifeblood. However, other factors have contributed to the company’s success, as well. Although some of them are an inherent feature of the company’s location in Antigua, others have to do with the company’s willingness to take extra steps its competitors don’t. The company’s history is essentially the history of rum production in Antigua. Individual estate owners produced their own rum on the island beginning in the early 19th century. By the dawn of the 20th century, many of these estate owners had given way to rum shops that produced their own blends based on the original recipes. In 1932, several rum shops in Antigua joined forces to become Antigua Distillery. In the company’s early days, it pro- > food and drink • spring 201 • 1 103

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A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
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Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
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Pellerito Foods
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RPE Inc.
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Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
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Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
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Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
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