PR beverage producer to begin exporting to FL
Puerto Rican manufacturer Pan American Properties announced Monday it will be expanding its ready-to-drink cocktail product line, Gasolina Urban Blends, to Florida. The export plans call for teaming up with Premier Beverage, which has begun distributing the product in the southern U.S. jurisdiction, the company announced Monday.
In an interview with News is my Business, Acosta said stateside product sales began in mid-January and the expectation is to generate more than $3 million in revenue from the sale of some 150,000 cases of the cocktail line.
“Puerto Ricans that live over there take the products back with them when they go home, and there is a high demand from residents in those states who call us asking where they can buy the product near them,” said Acosta.
Pan American Properties is a division of Pan American Grain, a seasoned exporter. However, going outside the island is a first for Pan American Properties, which began producing the Gasolina Urban Blends line four years ago, Acosta noted.
“We spent several years working on the labeling, the permits and the concept until getting the approval from federal regulators to sell the product in the U.S. mainland,” said Acosta, noting that packaging requirements for stateside markets are different than for those sold locally.
The beverage is unique in its category because it is crafted with premium spirits such as high quality Caribbean white rum, 100 percent agave tequila, five times filtered and distilled vodka and 100 percent natural fruit juices, according to the corporate description of the product. Its alcohol content varies from 7.5 percent to 11 percent.