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June 25, 2015 / Bacardi Cuba

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Protects Bats Roosting in Laverstoke Mill Distillery

For more than 150 years, the internationally recognizable BACARDÍ bat emblem has represented Bacardi’s vast selection of rums. Fittingly, Bacardi’s BOMBAY SAPPHIRE brand encountered bats during a renovation project at its gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in England. A thriving source of natural life and industrial history, the mill has received protection from the UK government as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to an array of animals, including otters, ducks, kingfishers, and a variety of fish.

Laverstoke Mill is also the chosen habitat for creatures of the nocturnal variety, which restoration crews discovered while preparing to renovate dilapidated structures dating back to the 18th century. The Georgian and Victorian buildings, while originally presumed to be vacant, actually housed a colony of bats. Not wishing to disturb the unexpected tenants, workers employed the help of a wildlife expert to humanely remove the bats when necessary, and considered the safety of any residing bats while carefully lifting each individual roof slate.

As a cornerstone of Bacardi history, bats serve as a symbol of family unity and good fortune for the company. The careful renovation of Laverstoke Mill exemplifies the commitment to limiting environmental impact promoted by Bacardi’s Good Spirited sustainability initiative.

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