Bacardi has again faced speculation over a possible stock-market flotation.

The rum giant has repeatedly been the subject of IPO rumours in recent years with disputes between family members reportedly blamed for delaying a listing.

A report in the UK's Sunday Times yesterday (6 August) claimed that Bacardi executives have met with a number of investment banks to discuss a listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Officials at Bacardi could not be reached for comment as just-drinks went to press.

The privately-owned company has largely sat and watched the spirits industry consolidate around it and industry analysts believe Bacardi may be considering a listing to compete with larger rivals, including Diageo and Pernod Ricard.

Bacardi's last big acquisition took place two years ago when it snapped up premium vodka brand Grey Goose for a rumoured US$2bn. The company is rumoured to be in the running for Tequila producer Herradura, alongside Pernod Ricard and Brown-Forman.