The story of Aruba Trading Company is not a short one. In fact, it spans almost 100 years and six generations, dating all the way back to 1923. Our commitment to the beautiful island of Aruba began long ago, in other words, and it’s a passion that we still hold dear today.
Eliau Moses Curiel, a merchant sailor prominent in the late 19th century, made the family’s first step into the wholesaler industry. His son, Morris E. Curiel, followed in his father’s footsteps, building the family’s first business “La Casa Amarilla” in 1887. This would be just the first of many businesses in Aruba (and beyond) to follow.
At Aruba Trading Company, we think our values are both simple and incredibly important:
As a wholesaler, we work hard to provide premium brands and products to our customers while maintaining a high level of trust with each other. We embrace innovation, see challenges as opportunities, and are incredibly proud of the work we do.
We are passionate about our work, our customers, and our team. We cherish the relationships we have with our suppliers and the brands they send our way and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.
We strive to be the best, in every aspect, and leave our clients and team members happy they’ve worked with us.
We've been merchants since 1923. They key to our longevity has always been absolute dedication to all of our brands and business activities; no one part of our operations supersedes another. We manage the complexities of our organization by dividing our company into a series of unique divisions, each with dedicated staff. We maintain strong sales and marketing by ensuring each of these divisions don't have to share account managers and marketing teams.
As wholesalers, we have the largest market penetration in Aruba, with over 700 customers in both on and off-trade. We have a presence in fast-food and retail outlets on every part of the island and can provide partners with sales and marketing that is truly unrivaled.
Our wholesale division holds the following portfolios:
Every portfolio is managed by an independent and dedicated portfolio manager. Because each portfolio represents a different market, all of our portfolio managers have unique skills and experience to reach their performance targets. While we acknowledge the strengths and benefits of economies of scale we've found our approach to portfolio specialization naturally leads to efficient structuring that fully addresses the needs of our represented brands.
Our company is managed as a virtual public company with family members in the Supervisory Board of Directors, Chaired by our founder’s great grandson and shareholder Raoul Cohen Henriquez.
Day-to-day management rests in the hands of a dynamic and qualified team
As part of our ongoing quest to represent some of the most widely-known and respected brands in the world, it is with great pride that we have become Aruba's Burger King franchisee. At present we own and operate three Burger King restaurants across the island. They are located in Orangestad, Paradera, and San Nicolas so that we may serve a larger area of customers. Each of our locations is designed with customer convenience in mind and provides a relaxed dining atmosphere for all to enjoy.
Each restaurant allows for comfortable and spacious indoor dining as well as typical drive-thru services. Our management is dedicated to training excellent crew to ensure that the products served out of our Burger King restaurants will meet our high standards of excellence. We also strive to maintain the accessibility and cleanliness of all our facilities. If you'd like to learn more information about our Burger King restaurants or our other wholesale services, please visit our website or contact us via our social media platforms.
A company can arm itself with the most cutting-edge technology and offer incredible and popular services, but without a well-trained team none of it can operate. That's why we consider the people on our infrastructure team to be our most important resource. Our young, goal-oriented team are friendly, reliable, and driven to find solutions to make our operation more efficient.
In addition to our incredible team, we provide our partners with Aruba's premier infrastructure services, including:
Our comprehensive infrastructure is part of what makes us the top wholesaler in Aruba. Read more about us on our website or reach out to us on our social media channels for more information.
In our nearly one-hundred years of history, we've watched many brands become global names only to fade away. Some have made a return and reclaimed their prominent positions, while others have simply become distant memories.
As wholesalers, Aruba Trading Company has had the pleasure of partnering with some of the most famous brands in the world to serve of our beautiful island. Past partners have included premium brands like Arrow Shirts, Bally, Canon, Florsheim, General Mills, General Motors, Gillette, Honda Motors, IBM, Izusu Motors, Kodak, Lipton, Parker Pens, Sherwin & Wlliams, Smith Corona, Sony, Triumph, as well as numerous companies working in the spirits, cosmetics, and tobacco industries.
Today our global partners include:
We’re excited to bring a wide variety of wholesale options to the beautiful island of Aruba!
In 1886 the young E. Curiel started what would later turn out to be an important regional company under his name. From 1923 Aruba Trading Company is serving the community of Aruba, initially as a branch of Morris E. Curiel & Sons.
In 1986, following a lot of years of experience in the liquor business, Aruba Trading Company launches his own Liquor plant in Aruba located at Weststraat with brands such as Scotty’s Whisky and Ron Tropical, concentrating mainly on the institutional market of Hotel and Casino.
In 2010 this plant was incorporated under the name Weststreet Liquor Company. It’s production in Aruba includes the brands Ron Tropical, Morrison Whisky, Tropicoff Vodka and Weststreet Liqueurs. In total more than 50 different locally produced Spirits and Liqueurs. The Bottling plant was recently renovated and upgraded in 2018/19 with new state of the art machinery and equipment. More than 200 raw- and packaging materials are used in the blending process of the products.
Nowadays Aruba Trading Company is still a family business in the 5th generation.