Background to Project
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 3 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.
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
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
Philli is from Kwazulu Natal, Zulu her native tongue. She studied a Masters in agriculture at Stellenbosh University specializing in terroir. She has four peer-reviewed papers and two technical articles published on terroir. After South China Agricultural University and Cape Town University she presented at IXth International Terroir Congress in Burgundy. Married to a Grenadian she lives in Victoria, St Mark
Ollie grew up on the family Farm in Norfolk – agricultural engineering, one could say, is in his blood. Having specialised in Design & Technology at Uppingham followed by a stint studying agriculture at Newcastle University, Ollie farmed in Australia, New Zealand & UK with practical experience as contract harvester and farm machinery engineer. With mechanics on his mind, his hobby is restoring antique vehicles
The Cane Co team is growing. Are you interested in working for with is we’d love to hear from you?
Scouting trip to Grenada, met Graham Williams
Oct – Dec
Feasibility Study commissioned from Booker Tate
Feb – Sept
April – Aug
Presented to Agriculture, farmers & met BJ
Development Plan implemented
Distillery site Acquisition
July – Nov
Distillery planning & environment Impact study
Jan – June
Commercial harvest 150 acres+ planted
July – Dec
Mill & distillery Construction
Jan – June
July – May
Renegade Rum goes to market
Own 3+ acres or want to farm, got something to say or looking for a job.