St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies was formed in 1972 when the two distilleries, one at Dennery, the site of the Barnard family plantation, and the other Geest-owned at Roseau, amalgamated producing a now-discontinued blend of rum whose name reflected the merger, Denros Bounty Rum.
The Barnard family bought out the Geest shares in 1992 and in 1997 sold shares to Trinidad-based Angostura Ltd., giving the company a wider regional presence and the capital to pursue the product development philosophy which has since characterised St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies. In 2005 the Barnard family, planters and rum distillers for over a century sold to CLICO, with third generation rum-maker Laurie Barnard staying on as Managing Director.
March 2016 saw Groupe Bernard Hayot complete the purchase of St Lucia Distillers, joining Martinique brands Rhum J.M and Rhum Clément in the Hayot stable. Margaret Monplaisir stayed as Director St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies after the passing of Laurie Bernard in 2012. St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies has grown from producing a single-label mass-market rum to a portfolio of premium rums and liqueurs including Chairman’s Reserve, Bounty and Admiral Rodney.
Today, St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies boasts a range of over 25 rum and rum-related products which have performed exceptionally and won honours at international competitions.