This is a petition that is being circulated by the "Save Caribbean Rum". It is interesting to see what they are asking for. I find that the majority of the industry is looking for the same results. The biggest thing in my mind is that of honesty of ingredients. I have no problem with blenders adding ingredients to the blend, but if they do, that information should be made available to the consumer, allowing the buyer to get the rum that they really want and know what is in the mix.
One of the petition signers Richard Seale of Foursquare Distillery in Barbados says "The Caricom rum standard does NOT permit the addition of sugar and WIRSPA must not pretend that it does just to suit the practices of certain members." This has been a long ongoing issue and it will be interesting just what effect that the petition has in the larger scheme of things.
Petition published by Save_Caribbean_Rum on Feb 16, 2016
Target: WIRSPA (West Indian Rum & Spirits Producers Association, CARICOM, EU, TTB