Tortuga International Lauded for Opening US$3.5-Million Bakery

Photo: Tortuga International Lauded for Opening US$3.5-Million Bakery Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz (second right); and State Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams (right), listen as Head of Manufacturing, Tortuga International Holdings’ rum cake factory – Tortuga House – Florence Reid (left), explains the cooling process involved in the production of rum cakes at Tortuga International Holdings’ newly commissioned plant. Also pictured is factory worker, Rayon Richards. Occasion was a tour of the new US$3.5-million bakery, located at Retirement Crescent in Kingston, following its official opening on December 14.

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  • Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has lauded Tortuga International Holdings for helping to boost the productivity of Kingston with the opening of its new US$3.5-million bakery.
  • The Minister said this investment is important as “Kingston is an integral part of the roadmap that will bring sustainable development, growth and prosperity to our country”.
  • The bakery, spanning 14,000 square feet, represents the consolidation of operations in Bridgetown, Barbados and Montego Bay, St. James. It is expected to increase the company’s production of rum cakes to two million pounds per year.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has lauded Tortuga International Holdings for helping to boost the productivity of Kingston with the opening of its new US$3.5-million bakery.

“This is more than a signal of private-sector confidence in our capital as a production hub, despite the many challenges which our city faces, especially for the rebirth of Kingston as pride of place to live, work, raise families and do business,” he said.

Mr. Vaz was speaking at the official opening of the Tortuga rum cake factory – Tortuga House – on Retirement Crescent in Kingston, on December 14.

The Minister said this investment is important as “Kingston is an integral part of the roadmap that will bring sustainable development, growth and prosperity to our country”.

Describing Tortuga as a “world-renowned brand synonymous with excellence”, Mr. Vaz expressed hope that the company’s operations “will enjoy success at this location and that it will be a shining example to other investors in Jamaica”.

He also praised Jamaica Producers Group for its role in the venture as Tortuga’s parent company.

Also welcoming the move, State Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, said the event celebrates entrepreneurship, investment, and the Government facilitating the development of businesses.

In his remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, highlighted the increased opportunities for linkages to other industries.

He noted, for example, that the baking of cakes requires ingredients such as rum, coffee and eggs that can be sourced locally.

The bakery, spanning 14,000 square feet, represents the consolidation of operations in Bridgetown, Barbados and Montego Bay, St. James. It is expected to increase the company’s production of rum cakes to two million pounds per year.

Founded in 1984 by Jamaica-born Robert Hamaty and wife Carlene, in the Cayman Islands as the Tortuga Rum Company Limited, Tortuga International Holdings Ltd. is part of the Jamaica Producers Group of Companies and has bakeries and/or operations in Grand Cayman, Jamaica, the United States, Barbados, and The Bahamas.

The company is known worldwide for its authentic Caribbean rum cakes, rum and other gourmet products.

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