CASTRIES – Friday March 04, 2016 – Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd. (WLBL) celebrated 40 years of business excellence in Saint Lucia this weekend with a dinner at the Sandals Grande Resort and Spa. Having established the Brewery in Vieux Fort in 1975 brewing only one beer (Heineken), WLBL has grown over the years as one of Saint Lucia’s leading manufacturing companies with an extensive portfolio producing and distributing over fifteen alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in a variety of flavor profiles.
Mr. Sebastian Sanchez, Managing Director of Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd. (WLBL) stated “WLBL was the first brewery that Heineken opened in the CARICOM region and Saint Lucia was selected because the island offered the fundamentals that they felt were important for success and which we still believe today. These fundamentals such as the quality of the water, the friendly economic environment, the quality of the people and the beneficial trade position within CARICOM have enabled us to bring enjoyment and innovation to people through our products and brands”.
The success of the company in Saint Lucia can be attributed to the emphasis that is placed on the quality of products they manufacture and also the focus that is placed on the development of employees, contractors, business partners and also the communities in which they operate. In a recent economic impact study, it was shown that WLBL contributes to 3% of Saint Lucia’s GDP, 4% of government revenue through the taxes paid and 3% of employment.
“We are proud to have such a profound impact on the economy and many lives in Saint Lucia from employment to youth development. At WLBL we believe in a passion for quality, respect for people and the planet, responsible consumption and the enjoyment of life and throughout our business processes, these are in the forefront. As we look to many more years of success in Saint Lucia, we will continue to invest in our people, brands and quality so we can continue producing the best products in the world” concluded Mr. Sanchez.
Activities for WLBL’s 40th Anniversary celebration culminate with an activity to celebrate Earth Day in April.
Cheers to WLBL on their 40th Anniversary and remember to drink responsibly!