The company owes its name to the founder, a Catalan entrepreneur Don Facundo Bacardi Massó (1814-1887) born in Sitges, Catalonia, in a family of builders. He moved to Cuba in 1830 to undertake a wine trade activity. In 1852 he began to experiment with thedistillation process of Rum and Brandy, until he managed to obtain a sweeter distillate.  In 1862 he purchased a distillery and formed the name Bacardi & Co. In 1872 he entrusted the administration of the company to his sons, Facundo and Emilio. Today Bacardi is one of the largest producers of alcohol in the world and possesses distilleries in Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Venezuela, Martinique, for a total of over 200 million bottles produced.