La Tondeña Distillers Incorporated
La Tondeña Distillers Incorporated was established by Chinese Filipino businessman Don Carlos Palanca in Tondo, Manila in 1902. Known then as La Tondeña Incorporada (LTI), it became the country's largest distillery after Don Carlos acquired Distilleria de Ayala in 1924, assuming exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights to Ginebra San Miguel. LTI subsequently acquired and developed more products and brands.
San Miguel Corporation and La Tondeña
In 1987, San Miguel Corporation acquired a 70-percent stake in the company and renamed it La Tondeña Distillers Inc. LTDI. Under San Miguel, La Tondeña ventured into the bottled water and fruit juice businesses and became a publicly listed corporation. In 2003, the company's name was again changed to Ginebra San Miguel Inc. Today, Ginebra San Miguel Inc. continues to dominate the hard liquor market. Its flagship brand is considered the largest-selling gin and the third largest distilled spirit in the world. [Source: The Manila Times, September 26, 2003]
Ginebra San Miguel Inc. currently operates four liquor bottling plants in Cebu, Pangasinan, Quezon, and Laguna, with a total capacity of 144,000 cases/day, and two alcohol aging facilities, in Cebu and Bulacan.
Its products are not only distributed in the Philippines but to other countries in the region as well, such as Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia.
- "The Manila Times", February 12, 2003, (July 12, 2007)