Where efficiency meets sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word at Worthy Park – it’s our way of life. As Jamaicans we’re well versed in making the most out of our resources at hand and a wasteful mindset is not an option. (Some say there is a socio-psychological process that greatly influences how Jamaicans resourcefully overcome our problems, and Worthy Park has adapted this mentality since its conception over 350 years ago.) Our commitment to zero-waste and total efficiency has guided many of the processes on the Estate- from how we grow our sugar cane to how we distil our rums.

Single Estate Producer

Under Worthy Park’s closed loop system, we maintain control of all stages of production. From planting our own sugar cane and using 100% of our own molasses, to doing all fermentation, distillation, bottling and ageing on site. Being a Single Estate producer allows us the ability to reuse and recycle many of the ingredients we utilize to create our special rums, while also allowing us to conserve natural resources and ensure carbon emissions are returned to the soil via plant capture and field enrichment for further capture.

Land Stewardship (cane field)

Worthy Park sits on 10,000 acres of land with 4,000 acres dedicated to sugar cane growth.

Due to our sloped terrain, the majority of our fields are hand-cut, with mechanical harvesters cutting a maximum of 15% of the cane we crush. The process of hand cutting allows for maximum efficiency, with cane cutters able to extract more of the cane stalk than would a mechanical harvester.

We have also expanded every piece of our land to maximize crop yields, including through spatial efficiency and planting methods. Dunder Following the distillation process, we are left with a final byproduct known as Dunder. Disposal of concentrated sugarcane dunder in soils and water bodies is known to cause environmental issues, so at the appropriate level of dilution, we use the dunder as fertilizer in the sugar cane fields.

We also use filter press mud (residue from the treatment of sugar cane juice) and fly ash (bagasse) back in the fields as soil ameliorants

Sugar Factory

With the sugar industry in Jamaica faltering since the 1960’s, going from 18 factories in 1965 to just 2 factories in 2022, Worthy Park has emerged as the industry leader- being rated #1 on the island for efficiency every year since 1968.

Bagasse, the dry pulpy residue left after the extraction of juice from the cane, is used in the furnaces of the sugar factory to generate electricity.

Distillery

Once our distillation is complete, the dunder is pumped to a treatment pond where it is cooled and stored before being used as fertigation in the cane fields.

We also recycle the hot dunder through a heat exchanger in order to bring the fermented wash closer to the required temperature before it enters the pot-still, while simultaneously cooling down the exiting vinasse.

Water

For cultivation- the only source of water is rainfall. For the factory well water and water from the Murmuring Brook “Gutterwall”are the main sources.

The steam created from sugar boilers/evaporators is re-condensed into water that we collect and recycle for further use.