On 9 August 1884, La Fábrica de San Pedro was inaugurated in Arucas, Gran Canaria, whose main purpose was the production of sugar, and to a lesser extent, the production of cane spirits and rum. This was the forerunner of today's Destilerías Arehucas. The combination of handcrafted rum production with the use of modern mills allowed "La Fábrica" to achieve its first successes.
In 1885, the factory carried out its first milling with 5,619,540 kilograms of sugar cane. Due to the quality of its liqueurs, it received the Silver and Bronze Glass and the Title of Suppliers of the Spanish Royal House and Court granted by the Queen Regent Doña María Cristina of Austria.
In only eight years after its inauguration, in 1892, the rum produced in Arucas was already highly valued throughout the islands. Today, they have one of the oldest and largest rum cellars in Europe.
In 1909, a Guillaume still was acquired from the Egrot et Grangé factory (Paris), which improved the quality of the rums. Despite the economic difficulties and the war at the beginning of the 20th century, Arehucas continued to grow thanks to the quality of its rum and the efforts of its workers.
In the 1940s, with Don Alfredo Martín Reyes as manager, the factory, already known as La Fábrica de Ron Arehucas, began its heyday. During this time, the name Ron Arehucas was created, known as "the one with the keys" due to the symbolism of San Pedro on its labels.
In 1965, La Fábrica changed its name to Destilerías Arehucas, and began a new stage of expansion with the intention of collaborating in the social and cultural community of the Canary Islands. In 2006, the company acquired the Fábrica de Licores Artemi, forming the largest group of distillates and spirits in the Canary Islands to preserve the history of Canarian rum and its historical link with the archipelago.
Today, Destilerías Arehucas is a century-old company with a consecrated history, and its unique facilities in the municipality of Arucas (Gran Canaria) are visited by more than 95,000 people every year. It has established itself as a prestigious brand based on the quality and history of its products and is a point of reference for Canarian society and a fundamental pillar for making the image of its product, its roots and the tradition of Canarian culture known to the world.
Destilerías Arehucas is currently working to increase its presence outside the Canary Islands, mainly in the rest of Spain and internationally, exporting to more than 10 countries.