The product was originally made from fruit spirits, flavored with rum and coconut flavoring in Curaçao. Originally, the product was used to simplify the making of Piña Coladas by bartenders. When the product took off, the production was then moved to Barbados where the rum is made by West Indies Rum Distillery Ltd., and the quality of the ingredients used was improved. The brand was sold by Diageo to Allied Domecq for £560m ($800m) in 2002 and later[when?] to Pernod Ricard.
Advertising campaigns label it "Seriously Easy Going" and usually features people from the Caribbean taking life seriously, in a parody of the stress associated with the Western urban lifestyle, with a voice over at the end saying "If people in the Caribbean took life as seriously as this, they would never have invented Malibu. It's seriously easy going." The marketing thrust of Malibu Rum has also strongly focused on marketing Malibu Rum's online streaming audio station known as RadioMaliBoomBoom.com.
Currently, there are 12 Malibu Rum variations in the worldwide market. There are also 5 standard Malibu flavours: Tropical Banana, Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Island Melon and Mango.
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- Official website
- Popular information about Malibu Rum
- West Indies Rum Distillery Ltd.
- Photo of West Indies Rum Distillery Ltd. on Brighton's Beach, St. Michael
- Malibu Rum on Facebook
- Malibu Rum's channel on YouTube