J Wray & Nephew became part of Gruppo Campari in 2012

J Wray & Nephew became part of Gruppo Campari in 2012

Gruppo Campari's Jamaican rum unit, J Wray & Nephew, has said it is appealing an injunction that has stopped work at the company's sugar factory in Jamaica.

Action was brought against the firm by fish producer Algix Jamaica over claims that effluent from the sugar factory allegedly entered a river, killing fish. A spokesperson for Campari told just-drinks that the company is appealing the court's decision to grant the injunction and will continue to defend the claim, "which it does not view as well-founded".

The sugar factory processes harvested sugar cane from nearby estates. The plant converts cane juices into sugar crystals that are sold to the local sugar association, and molasses that are used as raw material for the distilleries.

Campari has said an injunction against its sugar operations in Jamaica will not affect rum production as molasses is sourced "through pool arrangements". The spokesperson said distillery operations are not impacted by the injunction application. 

just-drinks has requested a comment from Algix Jamaica. 

Earlier this month, Campari reported a 2.4% organic sales rise in Jamaica, driven by the company's rum brands. The growth came despite the negative effect of Campari's non-core sugar business, which was flagged by the group last August.