About Us

About Us

What We Do...

The three principal business functions of Banks DIH Limited are the production of beverages, food products and restaurant operations.

A fourth, and the most recent has been in banking services following the acquisition of 51% shares of Citizens Bank Inc. in December 1998.

Find out more about our products and services.

How We Do It...

Quality and Standards

Quality and standards at Banks DIH are maintained at a high level, as evident in the Company’s products receiving ISO Certification and awards at the Monde Selection in Brussels. Our Company has received recertification for the period 2022 to 2024 for the Soft Drink and Novelty/Dairy plants.

The Company continue to comply with requirements which enables it to manufacture products that conform to international standards. For 2022 the Soft Drink and Novelty/Daily Plants successfully completed recertification with Lloyd’s Register Control and South America’s Limited for the following:

D’Aguiar’s Moscato was adjudged for the Gold Quality Award at the Monde Selection 60th World Selection of Spirits and Liqueurs 2022 in Brussels.

The XM family of rums has received international acclaim in 2018 with XM Supreme 15-year-old and XM Special 12-year-old receiving Grand Gold Awards while XM Royal 10-year-old and 5-year-old were bestowed Gold Awards by Monde Selection, an International Institute for Quality Selection based in Brussels. XM 15, 12 and 10-year rum won Gold Medals at the Rum Masters tasting competition in England in 2013 while XM 10-year-old was a Gold Medalist at the Caribbean Rum Festival in 2014.

Our Flagship Banks Beer and the latest edition in our beer family - GT Beer both won Gold Medals at 2018 Monde Selection for quality as well as Rain Forest Waters.

The Company was awarded the prestigious Coca Cola Excellence Cup for performance Excellence (Small Markets) at the Coca Cola Latin Centre Business Unit Regional Conference in 2016, 2020 and most recently in 2022.

Guinness Stout, bottled under license earned second place in the Americas and fourth worldwide in the Guinness League of Excellence in 2017.

Sales and Distribution

The product range carried by the company reaches the homes of all Guyanese as the Company has a fleet of over two hundred and eighty vehicles. There are branches in Linden, Bartica, Berbice, Essequibo with distributors and agents in all three counties.

Our Company exports to several countries within the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Our Manufacturing, Sales and Distribution functions have been strengthened through linkages with several established companies. We exclusive importer and distributor of Diageo spirit brands in Guyana. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Ciroc, Baileys and Smirnoff. Also imported and distributed are Pine Hill Juices, Drinks and Milk Products.

The excellent results over the years reflect the benefits from past and present investments.

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Our History

Our History

The D'Aguiar Family was in business in Guyana for over 150 years. In the 1840's Mr. Jose Gomes D'Aguiar, the founder, started a Rum Business which developed into a chain of Retail Spirit Shops. In 1885 the business was expanded to include a Cocoa and Chocolate Factory and a Schooner Shipping Agency.

Mr. Peter Stanislaus D'Aguiar felt, however, that the date of historic importance was in 1896 when the four sons, Jose Jnr, Manoel, Francisco and John formed the partnership of D'Aguiar Bros. after the death of Mr. J.G. D'Aguiar in 1893. In the same year the brothers purchased the Demerara Ice House which then consisted of a hotel, liquor bars and an aerated soft drink plant. The name 'Ice House' was derived from the fact that ice was imported in schooners from Canada, hence the initials D.I.H.

Papers concerning D'Aguiar Bros. dating back to the beginning of the century showed that the actual purchase of the old Demerara Ice House was made in October 1896 with its possession being effective from November 16 of that year. The purchase was arranged through the Hon. J.H. de Jonge, auctioneer. The price, $50,000.00, a substantial sum in those days was for buildings only. Eventually, a twenty-one year lease was negotiated from the Crown in whose title all lands were vested in those days. It was not until 1929 that the land was bought outright from the Government. In that year Dr. J.G. D'Aguiar (Mr. Peter d'Aguiar's father) then the sole proprietor following the death of his brothers, formed the company of D'Aguiar Bros. Limited.

Mrs. P.M. D'Aguiar became the principal shareholder on the death of her husband, Dr. J.G. D'Aguiar. The business faltered and was at a point of bankruptcy. She was offered the paltry sum of $100,000.00 for the business as a going concern, but she refused to sell, as she was convinced that her youngest son, Peter D'Aguiar, should be given the opportunity as he appeared to have the business acumen to salvage the company and to build it into a thriving concern.

In 1934 at the age of twenty-two, Peter took over as Managing Director of D'Aguiar Bros. Ltd.
Peter concentrated on the manufacturing side, especially soft drinks and rum. He borrowed heavily to re-finance the business. Gradually old debts were paid off and the business began to flourish again.
In 1942 Peter acquired the franchise for Pepsi-Cola making British Guiana (as it was named) the first country in South America to bottle this beverage. The popular range of I-Cee flavours was introduced in 1952. The production of XM Rum was expanded and became the No.1 Rum in 1959.
Long before Peter took over, the Cocoa and Chocolate business and the Shipping Agency had been relinquished. The range of interests was still fairly wide and included a soft drink factory, rum bond, bottling plant, liquor store, retail bars, hotel and pawnbrokery most of which had been operated and located at D'Aguiar Bros. Ltd. in Brickdam, Stabroek since 1896.
In 1955, Peter D'Aguiar promoted Banks Breweries Limited, the first public company with a widespread ownership. In 1966 the Private Family Company (D'Aguiar Bros. Ltd.) was converted into a public company, D'Aguiar Bros. (D.I.H.) Limited with a share capital of $1.0 M (one million dollars).
1969 saw the merger of D'Aguiar Bros. (DIH) Ltd. with Banks Breweries Ltd. into a new company called Banks DIH Limited with a Share Capital of G$4,140,000.00.
The Company's headquarters was moved to Thirst Park where the production complex and the head office, known as the Rotunda, were built in 1969.
The cost of the modern complex on 13.2 acres of land designed by a young Polish Architect, Marian Dorr-Dorynek at that time, was valued $7,000,000.00.

Since then the number of shareholders has increased from 5,000 to over 14,000 and employees from 300 to over 500 of the company's regular employees becoming shareholders.

On Thursday, 30th March, 1989 at 5.00 a.m., London time, Peter S. D'Aguiar, age 76, died at the London Hospital, England where he had travelled to obtain medical attention.

During his tenure of service (1934 - 1989) the company showed a record of rapid development and continued progress and has emerged as one of the most dynamic, efficient and profitable businesses in the Caribbean.
Banks DIH Limited is now a multi-billion dollar company and is headed by Mr. Clifford Barrington Reis, CCH, who was appointed Chairman/Managing Director after the death of Mr. Peter S. D'Aguiar thereby heralding the dawn of a new era in the company's history.
Undaunted by the magnitude of the added responsibilities, the new Chairman immediately got down to the job of keeping Banks DIH Limited on its chartered course of continued development. Mr. Clifford Reis' management style could be described as 'hands-on' and manages through consultation, help and advice from the Directors, Executive Board Members and the Worker Management Participation Board (W.M.P.B.). He believes that business must be undertaken with a sense of urgency and getting quality results is of the utmost importance.

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Our Location

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Banks DIH Ltd. International Distributors

Banks DIH Ltd. International Distributors

    Business Name: David’s Distribution
    Contact Person: Mr. Gary David
    Local Contact: Mr. Charles Anderson (592-602 4367)
    Address: All Saints, St John, Antigua
    Tel: 00 11268 728 8930
    Email Address:garydavid482@gmail.com

    Business Name: Fairfield's Food INC
    Contact Person: Mr. St Clair Bowen
    Address: Fair Field Cross Road Tudor Bridge, St Michael, Barbados
    Tel: 246-424-5095
    Email Address:fairfieldfoods@yahoo.com

    Business Name: Caribbean South America Seafood & West Indian Store
    Contact Person: Ms. Savitri Lake
    Local Contact: Mr. Chaitram Chaloo (592-642-1220)
    Address: P.O. Box 2314, Road Town, Tortola British Virgin Island
    Tel: 284 342 6993
    Email Address:savitrilake@gmail.com

    Business Name: Caribbean Yacht Management
    Contact Person: Mr. Josh Ridgway
    Address: 7 Catherine Christopher Building P.O Box 3069 Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin IS.
    Tel Office: 234-494-5954, 284-340-5425
    Email Address: sales@proudly-african.com

    Business Name: GT Retail Suppliers
    Contact Person: Mr. Philson George / Ms. Dawn Major
    Address: 322 Mangrove Av. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
    Tel: 345 328 6979, 345 924 2981
    Email Address: philsongeorge@hotmail.com, dawn_major@yahoo.com

    Business Name: Issa Trading Limited
    Contact Person: Mr. Foued Issa
    Address: Comer Bay Front and Kennedy Avenue, Dominica
    Tel: 767-275-5307
    Email Address: foued@issatradingltd.com

    Business Name: T’s World Food, Alcohol & Tobacco Imports
    Contact Person: Mr. Ceon Thomas
    Address: Access Self Storage, Arco Building, Cray Avenue, Orpington, BR5 3QB
    Tel: +44 7877882472
    Email Address: sales@tworldfood.com

    Business Name: La Maison du Whisky
    Contact Person: Ms. Lea Thibault
    Address: 9-11, rue Martre, 92110, Clichy – France
    Tel: 33 147 30 7345
    Email Address: l.thibault@lmdw.com
    Website: www.lmdw.com

    Business Name: Seethal Imports & Distribution
    Contact Person: Mr. O’ Brien Seethal
    Address: George Paterson Street, Grenville, St Andrew’s, Grenada
    Tel: 00 11 473 442 7519, 473 442 6685
    Tel Home: 473 442 7720
    Tel Cell: 473 407 1221
    Fax: 473 442 8123
    Email Address: obseet@spiceisle.com , obseet@spiceisle@gmail.com

  9. ITALY
    Business Name: F&G SRL Premium World Wide Beverages
    Contact Person: Ms. Dalila De Filippis
    Address: Via Volvera , 116 10090 Bruino, Torino, Italy
    Tel: 39 011 904 8100, 39 011 908 6545
    Fax: 39 011 904 8468
    Email Address: carlotta.benedusi@fg-srl.it
    Website: www.fg-srl.eu

    Business Name: T/A Ashok’s Supermarket
    Contact Person: Mr. Ashok Sadhwani
    Address: Ryan Complex, Brades, Montserrat
    Tel Office: 0011 664 491 7868
    Tel Home: 0011 664 491 3229
    Email Address: ashokmni@yahoo.com

    Business Name: Food Centre St Kitts Ltd
    Contact Person: Mr. David Kawaja
    Address: P.O. Box 938, Buckley’s Estate, Basseterre, St. Kitts
    Tel: 00 11 869 662 6459
    Fax: 00 11 869 465 6229
    Email Address: drkawaja@yahoo.com

  12. ST. LUCIA
    Business Name: CPJ St Lucia Ltd.
    Contact Person: Mr. Richard DuBoulay
    Address: Cul, de Sac, Castries St Lucia
    Tel: (758) 484-3144
    Email Address:rduboulay@slu.cpj.com

    Business Name: Double D Wholesale and Retail N.V.
    Contact Person: Ms. Janice Peters
    Address: #13 Pomseiatte Road St. Peters SXM
    Tel: 590-690-825-857
    Email Address: janice_peters77@yahoo.com

    Business Name: GT 1843 Imports and Distribution
    Contact Person: Mr. Kyle Small
    Address: #Commissarris Thirkowoweg 155 Jagtlust Commewijne, Suriname
    Tel: 597-743-0211
    Email Address: sonia@gt1843impdist.sr

    Business Name: Skylake International N.V , Import – Export – Transit
    Contact Person: Mr. Devanand Jokhoe
    Address: Soakramsingh STRAAT # 690, P.O.Box 4227, Nickerie, Suriname
    Tel: 597-882-2907
    Email Address:skylake@live.nl

    Business Name: Angostura Trinidad Distillers Limited
    Contact Person: Mr. Ian Forbes (Director Of Operations)
    Address: Corner Eastern Main Road & Trinity Avenue, Laventille, P.O. Box 62, Port of Spain
    Tel: 868 623 1814 to 45 EXT 259
    Fax: 868 623 1847
    Email Address: SpringJ@angostura.com , ObrienAC@angostura.com, RicharG@angostura.com, exportorders@angostura.com
    Website: www.angostura.com

    Business Name: Samba Brewery Company & Winery Division
    Contact Person: Mr. Dale Pearson (CEO)
    Address: Churchill Roosevelt Highway, El Socorro
    Tel: 868-638-2213-6
    Email Address: Krishna.Teelucksingh@kplgrouptt.com , Gina.Spencer@kplgrouptt.com , ZEYARD.ALI@kplgrouptt.com , dale.parson@kplgrouptt.com

    Business Name: Trinidad Import & Export CO Limited
    Contact Person: Mr. Antar Baksh
    Address: # 1Abercromby Street, Port Of Spain, Trinidad
    Tel: 00 11 868 625 3710
    Fax: 868 625 4778
    Email Address: purchasingofficer@tiecol.com, antar.baksh@tiecol.com
    Website: www.tiecol.com

    Business Name: Dave West Indian Product Inc.
    Contact Person: Mr. Dave Narine / Mr. Navin Narine
    Local Contact: Mr. Amarnauth Ramraj (592 613-6560)
    Address: 98-07 97th Ave., Ozone Park, New York 11416
    Tel: 718-323-1299, 718-323-1200, 718-843-3283, 917-578-2878 (Cell)
    Email Address: navin-ny@hotmail.com , dwi.guyana@gmail.com
    Website: http://dwiimports.com/

    Business Name: International Market Food Inc.
    Contact Person: Mr. Ralston George
    Address: 3709 Covington Highway, Decatur Georgia 30032-2538
    Tel: 404-304-9968
    Email Address:ralstongeorge@hotmail.com

    Business Name: Royal Wine Corporation (Wholesaler)
    Contact Person: Mr. Charles Lynch
    Address: 63 North Hook Road Bayonne, NJ 07002, USA
    Tel: 718-534-0271
    Email Address:R.Rodriguez@jfhillebrand.com igrodsky@kedem.com, CLynch@kedem.com , sginsberg@royalwine.com , eschnoll@kedem.com , fklien@kedem.com , ngoldberg@kedem.com , rifky@kedem.com
    Website: https://royalwine.com/

    Business Name: Demera Imports (Guyana Direct Ltd.)
    Contact Person: Mr. Tiger Gittens/ Mrs. J. Gittens
    Local Contact: Mr. Shamir Mohamed (592 – 656 7900)
    Address: P.O. Box 2336 Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 00851, United States Virgin Islands
    Tel: 00 11 264 476 9898 (cell), 00 11 340 201 0059, 00 11 264 235 5555
    Email Address: demeraraimports@gmail.com
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/demeraraimports

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Our Products & Services

Our Products & Services


The Beverage Products produced include Banks Beer (alcohol content 4.5%), GT Beer (4.3%), Banks Shandy (1.6%) which is produced in five flavours (Lemon, Sorrel Champagne, Honey Lemon and Citrus Punch), Guinness Stout (7.5%), Banks Malta Supreme and Vita Malt (non-alcoholic).

We also produce a wide array of Rums, Spirits and Liqueurs:

RUMS - XM Supreme 15-year Old (70cl/40%), XM Special-12-year-old (70cl/40%), XM Royal 10-Year Old (70cl/40%), VXO 7-year old Rum (70cl/40%), XM Five-Year Old, Xtra Mature (Extra Blend Premium), Extra White Rum, High Wine, R1 Vodka in three flavours (Original, Lemon, Cranberry) Kazak Vodka, Preskov Vodka, D'Aguiar's Demerara Cream Liqueur (in four creamy flavours - (Original, Chocolate, Coffee and Amaretto), Estate Royale Rum Punch (Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Mango) and R1White Ice.

WINES - 6° North (Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernat), Banko (Red & White) and Medium Dry - 700ml, D’Aguiar’s Sherry Brandy, Ryda Hard Wine, Power Wine and D’Aguiar’s Ginger Wine, D’Aguiars Moscato and D’Aguiar’s Port.

WATER - Rain Forest, Aqua Mist and Tropical Mist Artesian Well Water in assorted Pet Sizes: Plain, 1.5Litres and 5 Gallon Institutional Size.

I-CEE SOFT DRINKS – six regular flavours - Cream Soda, Banana, Pineapple, Orange, Big Red, Tangerine, and fusion flavours such as Pear, Green Crush, Pink Grapefruit, Apple Strawberry, Fruit Punch, Ginger Beer (seasonal). In addition, Soda Water, Misty flavoured Water, Ginger Ale and Lemon, Lime and Bitters (LLB) are also produced.

Banks DIH Limited is also a licensed bottler of the Coca-Cola products and Guinness. Vita Malt is also produced and bottled under license.


Trisco Foods houses the production of Cookies, Crackers, Snacks (Cheese and Onion, Spicy Bar-B-Q, Chicken Tikka, Nacho, Cheddar) It also produces Assorted Bread Products and Rolls, Novelty Ices (Frostee Pop-Cream and Fudge) and Ice Cream in assorted flavours.


The Demico Restaurant Operations include Demico Qik Serv at Croal Street, Stabroek, OMG/Arawak Steak House and Sheriff Street Qik at (Sheriff Street and Campbell Avenue, Campbellville), Idiho at Brickdam, Stabroek, Main Street Qik Serv– Crème Select Ice Cream Lounge (Main and Quamina Streets, Cummingsburg), New Amsterdam Qik Serv (Main Street, New Amsterdam Berbice), the Roof Garden – (Brickdam, Stabroek), the Retail Liquor Store and the Demico Hotel. Camp Site Qik Serv (Camp Street, Lacytown) Timehri Duty Free Shop while Krystal Dry Cleaners formerly located at Camp Street is now housed in a spacious atmosphere at Demico Complex (Brickdam).

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Our Work Environment

Our Work Environment

Training at all levels within our company is aggressively pursued and employees are encouraged through worker participation, various incentives and benefits to develop their full potential thereby maximizing their contribution to the Company.

The degree of commitment is achieved through the implementation of policies that are fair, non-discriminatory and which provide real opportunities for development. Banks DIH Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Staff benefits include:

  1. Building houses for employees at cost price - this gives employee the chance to acquire a
    home with proper infrastructure at an affordable price. Over one hundred (100) of these
    homes were built in the D’Aguiar’s Park Houston area, in which over five hundred
    residents currently (employees’ family) reside.
  2. Paying incentives to positively motivate staff.
    • Bonuses - this monthly incentive is based on punctuality, adherence to deadlines, attire,
      job performance and housekeeping.
    • Performance Incentive - this is a percentage of employees’ basic fortnightly pay. This
      percentage varies from twenty-eight (28), thirty-three (33), and forty-three (43) percent and
      is determined by the profits on beverage case sales, and departmental profit.
    • Condition of Employee (COE) Allowance - this is a monthly allowance received by
      regular or permanent Banks DIH limited employees.
    • Hampers - employees are given an allotment of biscuit every month and a gift of
      beverages at Christmas time.
    • Canteen Facilities - There is a workers’ canteen.
      Subsidized Transportation – Employees residing in rural communities are provided at a
      subsidized cost.
    • Scholarships and Training Programmes - the D’Aguiars Scholarship Programme has
      made it possible for employees with potential to receive sponsorship to pursue higher
      studies at universities locally and abroad.
    • Training - There are also in-house programmes at the Company’s training Centre at
      Thirst Park. Employees at our branches in Berbice, Bartica, Essequibo and Linden are also
      exposed to training by our Training Manager and external tutors.
      Employees are exposed to training in Occupational Health and Safety, Food Safety,
      Customer Relations, Computer studies, sales and marketing etc. thereby enabling the
      company to live up to its motto of ‘Committed to Excellence’.
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