We propagate, cultivate and farm superior sugar cane for Renegade Rum Distillery.
CaneCo is a private company registered in St George’s to supply the agricultural services necessary to provide cane juice for distillation at the purpose-built Renegade Rum Distillery.
The company propagates, cultivates, harvests and mills superior sugar cane. Not just any cane, but premium varieties selected for their suitability to the island’s climate and soils, as well as resistance to disease and drought.
With help from Booker Tate, the world’s leading cane experts, modern machinery, and the latest best practice from around the globe, we have a new approach to an old industry.
By matching cane to soil, in 5 acre units, we can optimise not only the cane’s natural performance, but also obtain a wide variety of cane from which to make something very special.
We have searched for several years for the right home for this project, seeking a reliable, welcoming, yet quiet corner of the Caribbean. After a long history of cane growing, Grenada is today a blank canvas: ideal for a fresh start with new, clean, disease-resident varieties.
With its hilly terrain, altitude range, volcanic and alluvial soils there is a good variety of microclimates or ‘terroirs’, as the winemakers call them, for cane.
Here we have found new friends, old contacts, and positive well-educated islanders with an outward-looking attitude. And in that population of 100,000 people we are confident of finding good people with the right attitude for the job and a Grenadian team to manage this Grenadian business.
Provenance is our key to distil a terroir-driven ‘single malt’ rum.
We believe each terroir – the interaction between cane plant, microclimate and soil – provides juice with different characteristics which, kept separate from field to fermentation, will be discoverable in the new spirit, the rum.
We have therefore laboriously propagated the 7 most ideal cane varieties from tissue culture to embryos to seedlings at the Ministry’s Maran facility from the cleanest plant material possible.
Now we need farmers and landowners of 5 acres or more to work with us. Old and young, skilled or amateur, we can provide the seed cane, agronomy, advice and equipment. And above all, we will make it worth their while.
Started out as a fine wine shipper in London in 1980 then to retailing before moving into whisky in 1996 and distilling in 2000 with the acquisition of Bruichladdich Distillery on the Island of Islay. In 2015 he acquired the Guinness brewery in Waterford, Ireland and converted it to a single malt whisky distillery. In these enterprises, Mark has been supported by Chairman Sir John Mactaggart and Finance Director John Adams
Director of Agriculture
Bertrand John – or BJ – is an enigmatic and engaging character that has worked in agriculture for most of his life. A highly successful market gardener, he has also grown cane in the past and even run a rum distillery. He contributes to Real FM’s agriculture radio show on Thursday mornings. From the very start he understood the importance of this project to Grenada’s farming fraternity and the boost to agriculture on this island.
Graham has been in the rum industry for thirty years. At the Williams family’s Westerhall Estate he learnt the art of milling, distilling & blending rum. He has been involved in several successful island projects including deep sea fishing, property development and the hospitality industry. Graham serves on the board of a leading local insurance company, a regional commercial bank & Westerhall Estate Ltd, with its subsidiaries Island Ice and Umbrella Beach Bar.
For two decades Isaac has worked in Grenada’s agricultural sector, having trained at McGill University, Canada and University of the West Indies. His experience includes working at the Agency for Rural Transformation & Food Security Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture. Pre-Ivan he was active in the Cane Farmers’ Association, then in 2012 he became a full time private farmer, and has developed our nursery with Ross Emsley’s team.
Dr Valma has run JECO Caribbean, her environmental and development company, since 1995 after receiving a doctorate in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, post-graduate certificate in Environmental Economics from Harvard, a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. Founding Director of Conservation Grenada Inc. she makes the world’s best honey at Eden, Beausejour.
Duncan is citizen of the world. Born in the Middle-East, he roams the world for the sugar consultancy Booker Tate imparting his extensive agricultural knowledge on cane growing to governments and corporations alike – and in this case – even little CaneCo too. A farmer by trade, his family farmed first in Scotland now in Australia, he is an avid fly fisherman in his spare time.
Scouting Trip to Grenada, met Graham Williams
Oct – Dec
Feasibility Study commissioned from Booker Tate
Feb – Sept
Development Plan commissioned from Booker Tate
Presented to Agriculture, farmers & met BJ
April – Aug
Tissue culture plants arrive at Maran
Phase 1 Nursery at Westerhall
Development Plan implemented
Environmental site Assessments
Distillery site Acquisition
Phase 2 Nursery, 55 Acres, at Hope & Westerhall
July – Nov
Distillery planning & environment Impact study
Jan – Dec
Mill & distillery construction
Jan – June
Commercial harvest 300 acres+ planted
Jan – June
1st Harvest & Distillation
Renegade Rum goes to Market
300 acres identified
70 acres prepared
7 acres planted
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Baillie’s Bacolet, Conference, Antoine
Background to the Project
Renegade Rum – The Distillery
Our goal is a simple one: to distil and mature the most profound rum the world has ever seen. Drawing on our experience from both the Scotch and Irish whisky and wine worlds, the new-build Renegade Rum Distillery and mill, Near Pearl, will be modern, efficient and environmentally sound.
We have extensive experience, we take our responsibilities very seriously. Using the latest techniques and equipment, together with an innovative, industry-challenging philosophy, we believe this is a landmark rum project that will ‘raise the bar’ worldwide.
But patience is needed for Renegade Rum’s distillate will be matured in oak barrels for a few years before being brought to market around 2021.
We’re Looking for Good Land, Good People
For Planting December 2017
We’re looking for:
– Farmers, young and old
– Landholders with 5 acre + plots
– CaneCo staff (mechanics, engineers, tractor drivers etc.)
– Best cane varieties
– Agronomic know-how
– Grenadian expertise
– New Machinery
– A ready market
How it Works
Cane Supply Agreement:
– your land
– you farm
– we buy cane
– we rent
– we farm
– our cane
– your land
– we farm
– we buy cane
(less farming fees)
‘Your land’ can be either already leased by you or owned outright (proof required).
Only CaneCo cane and services can be used
This is a new take on cane; we’ll make it worth your while
About Booker Tate
Booker Tate is an international sugar consultancy with extensive experience and knowledge in the sugar industry.
Founded in 1988 from a merger of Booker Agriculture and Tate & Lyle Consultancy, the business has over 100 years’ worth of sugarcane growing experience. Working globally from small scale farming through to the largest, Booker provides an independent view – sustainable answers, best practice, ideal methodology, and the latest thinking.