Angostura Holdings Limited has a policy framework which is outlined in its Employee handbook and a Whistleblower policy in place. Under the Whistleblower process, employees may anonymously report matters including issues of sexual harassment without fear of retaliation. It also guides the Company to protect the confidentiality of harassment allegations as an investigation pursues. A Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for later this week and this matter is expected to engage the Board’s attention. Angostura Holdings Limited policy on the issue is clear. Sexual harassment is not condoned or tolerated in the workplace and employees are made aware of their rights, roles and responsibilities if they feel they have been a victim of harassment. We treat all accusations of sexual harassment allegations very seriously regardless of whom they are directed toward. In keeping with Angostura Holdings Limited’s policy and as a matter of responsible corporate behaviour, as the investigation proceeds and for the protection of the complainant, records of the complaint of harassment will not be shared in the public domain.
The Board of Directors of Angostura Holdings Ltd held a meeting yesterday at which the Chairman, Dr. Rolph Balgobin was not present. At the meeting, the Board unanimously resolved that a committee of three independent persons will be appointed to carry out an impartial investigation into the allegations made by the anonymous whistleblower. The meeting was adjourned to confirm that all arrangements regarding the appointment of the investigators have been put in place.
Trinidad Distillers Limited (TDL) is not discharging un-treated effluent directly into Beetham’s municipal drains as alleged by protesters on Tuesday January 17th, 2017. In keeping with the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) requirements, TDL (a subsidiary of Angostura Limited) constructed and now operates a Waste Water Treatment Plant as per the guidelines stipulated in the certificate of environmental clearance (CEC – 3726/2012). The brown liquid discharged into the drains is the treated waste water generated from TDL’s molasses based distillery. It is biodegradable and non-toxic. The company monitors the treated waste water quality daily and results are sent to the EMA weekly. It cleans the municipal drain which passes through its compound quarterly. The main drain outside the facility, into which the waste water flows – the Mendez drain, appears to have structural issues which prevents the free flow of the waste water and often results in stagnation. The odour that the residents of Laventille are experiencing from time to time may be attributable to our waste water treatment plant processing. The company is working diligently to reduce the odour. Regular meetings with residents of Laventille and Beetham are held to keep them informed of our progress. The Member of Parliament for Laventille East, Mr. Leonce, Councillor Akil Audain and Councillor Adanna Gordon-Griffith are routinely informed of our progress.
The Angostura Salesman of the Year was won by Anil Harrilal – 2016 Salesman of the Year! A salesman at Angostura for almost 5 years, Anil achieved 117% above target for rum sales in the areas from Penal to Barrackpore, which he covers. He also attained the highest percentage average of all 4 disciplines that are monitored.
Angostura Holdings Limited announced today that Genevieve Jodhan has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Mrs. Jodhan has been acting in the position since September 2016. Previously, Mrs. Jodhan led the company’s international sales and marketing division as its Executive Manager. In her new role, Mrs. Jodhan will lead Angostura’s executive management team, and support the Board of Directors on the Company’s strategic business and growth strategies as well as other key decisions. “Genevieve has the experience and track record of delivering results and has proven leadership. She spearheaded our international sales growth increasing market share and sales of our signature rums and bitters in Europe, Asia and Australia and has directed the development of the brands in many emerging markets including Russia, Czech Republic, and Armenia.” said Dr. Rolph Balgobin, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Balgobin added that the Board is confident that the new CEO would lead and execute Angostura’s vision to expand globally. “I am both humbled and honoured to be appointed Chief Executive Officer. I have been with the Company for close to a decade and my commitment has always been to Angostura’s people, products and values. I am keen to build on the long outstanding achievement of our manufacturing business, through the execution of forward looking business strategies that add to the customer experience, and build on our shareholders’ value.” Mrs. Jodhan assumed her new role on Tuesday 14th February. She has 3 children and is the first woman to head one of Trinidad and Tobago’s largest manufacturing companies, outside of the energy sector
Port of Spain, Trinidad. March 2017: The House of Angostura is proud to announce its’ success at one of the most respected and high-profile trade competitions in the industry, The Spirits Business – Rum Masters Competition 2017. Its’ newest addition to the family of premium rums Angostura® 1787, was awarded a Gold medal in the Dark Rum- Ultra Premium category. Angostura’s twelve year-old rum (Angostura 1824®) and its Angostura 1919®, both earned Gold medals in the Dark Rum- Aged 7-12 year and Gold rum- Super Premium categories respectively. Angostura® 7 year-old premium rum and its 3 year old white rum, Reserva won silver medals. In February 2017, the Spirits Business – Rum Masters competition brought together, leading and independent rum experts, who gathered at Rum and Sugar in London’s West India Quay, to recognize and honour the world’s finest brands, by engaging in a blind tasting competition. This year, the competition was judged by a panel chaired by Kristiane Sherry and joined by Timothy Falzon, head bartender at Mahiki; Chris Mathurin, co-founder of rum blog Rumming.co.uk; and Keegan Menezesm Drinkapparition blogger.
As part of Angostura’s ongoing CSR efforts in the Laventille/Morvant community, the company held its third Junior Career Fair at the House of Angostura last month. Approximately 200 form 3 students from the following schools took part in the day’s activities: Success-Laventille Secondary School, Malick Secondary School and Russell Latapy Secondary School. The aim of the fair was to introduce the students to the world of work by engaging them with members of the company’s staff, covering a broad field of careers such as marketing, finance, information technology, chemistry, security and engineering. They were also able to gather information on what academic or vocational qualifications they may be required to obtain, in order to, apply for a position at Angostura or any other organization in the future. “Angostura was delighted to host this Career Fair. I believe that both the students and our staff, who volunteered their time, enjoyed and gained from the interaction. The students were enthusiastic and interested. We hope that this will assist with the choices they make in the future” Genevieve Jodhan, CEO.
Launched just a decade ago, Angostura® Lemon Lime and Bitters has grown into an iconic, international brand, enjoyed in Trinidad and Tobago, throughout the Caribbean, and in Australia, its largest market. Today, with the brand poised for international expansion, Angostura® Lemon Lime and Bitters has launched a new, redesigned packaging, supported by an advertising campaign — “Live Love Be” — which communicates the brand’s core attributes to its many consumers. The new packaging, designed by GOOD Creative UK, retains the striking lemon and lime colour palette that is intrinsic to the brand, while elevating the iconic ANGOSTURA® logo to the head of the design, making it a key focal point. “The packaging redesign strengthens the connection between Angostura® Lemon Lime and Bitters and its ‘mother brand,’ ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters, through elements such as the yellow tab,” says Angostura® CEO Genevieve Jodhan “The effect of this will be to reinforce the fact that Angostura® Lemon Lime and Bitters is the only carbonated soft drink in the world that contains ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters,” Mrs. Jodhan adds, “Our goal is to align the look and essence of the brand in all of our markets as we build the brand globally.” In-depth consumer research guided the brand’s Live Love Be campaign, which recognises that Angostura® Lemon Lime and Bitters consumers are socially active and focused on the enrichment of life and inclusiveness “The Live Love Be campaign includes a well-rounded combination of media and promotional activity and a very strong presence in our trade channels,” says Brand Manager Lawn Davis, “It reflects the personality of Angostura® Lemon Lime and Bitters consumers: They Live by being aware and involved in every actual, waking moment; they Love whole-heartedly and go for it with all that they’ve got and Be, by staying true to who they are.” The new packaging and advertising campaign rolls out on May 11, 2017.