Red Stripe, part of the HEINEKEN Company, is one of Jamaica’s leading corporate entities, employing over 300 permanent staff members and producing the world famous Red StripeTMBeer. It manufacturers an outstanding range of premium alcohol brands, spanning beers, stouts and ready-to-drinks and distributes some of the world’s renowned premium spirit brands.
The company’s legacy began in 1918 when Eugene Desnoes and Thomas Geddes merged their carbonated soft drinks business to form Desnoes and Geddes Limited. In the ensuing years, the company became a well-established manufacturer of popular sodas, including Pepsi-Cola™, 7Up™ and D&G™ soft drinks, and the distributor of the best imported spirits.
The award-winning Red Stripe Beer was first brewed in 1928 and later perfected to the golden lager we know today.
Internationally, Red Stripe Beer has received the prestigious Monde Selection Gold Medal 11 times for its fine quality and taste.
Locally, Red Stripe has been recognized as a major player in the manufacturing industry, having received the Jamaica Exporters Association Champion Exporter award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Best of Chamber Large Enterprise Award in 2015, and the Jamaica Manufacturers Association Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2014.
On October 7, 2015, HEINEKEN N.V. became the majority shareholder of Red Stripe. HEINEKEN owns more than 165 breweries in more than 70 countries and employs approximately 76,000 people. Besides the flagship Heineken beer, Heineken brews and sells more than 250 other international premium, regional, local and specialty beers.