Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Truly a Filipino Pride — Tanduay has taken over the number one spot from a list of international rum brands that has long been dominated by Bacardi! Can you imagine a Filipino brand taking over Bacardi, ang galing diba! ... I could still remember some of my uncle drinking this rum whenever we have a family gathering. One couldn't help but to be proud because for the first time, a Philippine-made liquor brand has been ranked the top-selling rum by global spirits think tank Drinks International. 

Drinks International has released the “definitive ranking of the world’s million-case rum brands”, citing Tanduay as the new industry leader followed by Bacardi and McDowell’s No. 1 Celebration. 

“Our distinctly Filipino rum is now the world’s number one…We have a great product to offer the world and the world recognized it,” — Lucio “Bong” K. Tan, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Tanduay Distillers, Inc.

Me with Mr. Lucio “Bong” K. Tan, Jr
Mr. Bong Tan Jr. has been credited for the disruptive changes within the company when actively took the helm as the chief operating officer of the company in 2014. It led to explorations of new markets abroad and new market approaches locally to bring the brand closer to younger product consumers.

He said that only a visionary like his father, Dr. Lucio Tan, saw this when he acquired Tanduay from the Elizaldes in 1988. At a time considered very volatile for any business investment in the country, his father held on to the belief that someday the world will know Tanduay.

Since the acquisition of the Tanduay brand by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, plant modernization and expansion projects tremendously increased the distillery’s production capacity. Today, Tanduay has an unmatched aging capability harvesting only the world’s finest from its aged rum reserve. All facilities operate based on ISO standards ensuring consumers of quality, efficiency, and food safety. Recently, its Cabuyao plant has completed its ISO-9001: 2015 certification. 

Through the hands-on leadership of Tan Jr., the company made a historic expansion in the world arena. Tanduay made a strategic alliance with companies in the United States to expand its distribution capacity. 

According to Paul Lim, chief marketing officer of Tanduay, the company embarked on a brand refresh since the younger Tan took over. 

Tanduay Distillers Inc. is a member of the LT Group of Companies. Tanduay is the Philippines’ top rhum maker, which is also distributed in Asia and the United States, among other countries in the world. Likewise, the company produces spirits, wines, brandies, gins, and vodka. They are a registered company in the Philippine stock exchange as a subsidiary of Tanduay Holdings Inc.

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