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Capn Jimbo wrote:Excellent points J, and I am so thankful you have highlighted the sources and conditions of rum production in the Carib.
Now I know my article is of my usual long-winded type, so allow me to highlight some important points. WIRSPA promotion of "true rum" from the Caribbean is superficial. Their efforts are directed at protection of rum from just the few Caribbean Commonwealth countries!
What's upsetting are those fine rum producing countries who will likely be excluded, including: Argentina, Brazil, French West Indies, Columbia, Costa Rica, Curacao, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Marie Galante, Martinique, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Reunion, St. Martin, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela. And many, if not most of these are certainly as Caribbean as British Guyana or Belize.
As a direct result of the deal cut between the Canadian Whiskey Assoc. and WIRSPA, rums from these other (non-Commonwealth) Caribbean countries will no longer be able to use the words "Caribbean" and "rum" in Canada or the few protected Caribbean Commonweath countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Granada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).
WIRSPA's efforts, much like the French AOC in Martinique, are little disguised attempts to disenfranchise molasses and/or cane juice rums made elsewhere in the Caribbean. As I mentioned, this is much like the attempt of a Texas company to steal the name "Basmati" from India.
Sinister. I believe WIRPA's efforts may backfire as rum drinkers ascertain their "true motives".
"Under this ridiculous legislation, only the Caribbean Commonwealth will be able to sell rum labelled as Caribbean in Canada. Nuttier yet, WIRSPA's ACP Caribbian Region includes countries in the Pacific and Africa!"
What do you mean here please by ACP, and which are those countries in Pacific and Africa?
ACR brands are made in 15 Caribbean territories: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.
ACP’ stands for ‘Africa, Caribbean and Pacific’. The ACP States are the countries shown above and are signatories of the Lomé Convention signed in 1975. This was superseded by the Cotonou Agreement in June 2000.
Capn Jimbo wrote:
However, this aside is still valid in that Guyana and Suriname - both listed as ACR (authentic Caribbean rums) brands - are not in the Caribbean sea, but rather border the south Atlantic.
This sounds like branding to me. I am uncertain where the problem lays? Coke brands. Pepsi brands. Oreos brands. Burgundy, Chianti, Parmesan cheese and Bourbon all brand. Why can't Rum define its brand as well? What is the difference between Champagne and the exact product made in California or South Africa or Chile or Australia? Branding. Caveat emptor.
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