Perishables Jamaica Ltd. rises to the top of the pack

Norman Wright, CEO of tea manufacturer Perishables Jamaica Ltd. (left) accepts the award for Green Exporter of the Year from Ralph "Bizzy" Williams, Chairman and Founder of Williams Industries (right) at the 2nd Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards. Robert Scott, Caribbean Export Board Member and Vice President of Export and Market Development at JAMPRO looks on. The awards ceremony, held at the Hilton, Barbados Resort on December 5, 2016, was hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and funded by the European Union (EU) to recognise the Caribbean’s most innovative and outstanding exporters, and their contributions to the region’s economy. 

According to Caribbean Export,"Perishables Jamaica Ltd was awarded for the company’s use of green technology in their production of teas that use Jamaican raw materials. From their 20-acre farm they operate on a 15Kw Photovoltaic system, which has reduced their electricity cost by 70% since installation.”  Perishables was able to significantly decrease the cost of electricity, therefore impacting their overall cost of manufacturing their products. The company has been manufacturing in Jamaica since 1980, and is most know for their ‘Tops” line of teas. 

In a statement, Pamela Coke Hamilton, Executive Director of Caribbean Export said the awards were hosted to bring visibility to Caribbean SMEs and to congratulate companies for their performance. She explained,  “Our vision was that these awards would raise the profile of our SMEs in the regional and international market place, and I firmly believe that we are on the right track with this initiative.  This belief was validated in 2015, when the inaugural Caribbean Exporter of the Year, the CEO of Sacha Cosmetics, revealed that this achievement opened the doors for his company into Cuba – a market that they had previously pursued without any success.” 

Robert Scott also lauded the initiative and congratulated Perishables, a long standing client of JAMPRO.  He said “Perishables Jamaica has had a permanent place in Jamaica’s supermarkets and homes for many years. We are pleased that they have made so many advancements in their performance , and we look forward to continue our support for them and all of our Jamaican enterprises that are ready to take their products to international markets.


Published Date: 
Friday, December 9, 2016
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