Designation of Origin for Guatemalan Rum

Modifications have been made to the regulations for use and administration of the designation of origin "Guatemalan Rum" in order to meet the requirements of the European Union.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The National Association of Manufacturers of Alcohol and Liquor (Anfal) published the new standard in the Diario de Centro America, after changes were made to the text to adapt it and sell it to the European Union.

"... Maria Mercedes Sanchez, manager of the Designation of Origins at the Anfal, explained that minor wording changes had to be made, first in the country -Guatemala-, and then it will be presented to the EU, so that this region also accepts it. " reports that "... The entire production chain is registered including sugarcane farms, mills, distilleries, aging facilities and bottling plants. The EU is the region that gives value to this concept in products such as wines, cheeses and other products. To date, five farms and two rum brands, Zacapa and Botrán , have registered as users of the designation of origin."

See agreement published in Diario de Centroamerica.

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