JIS News

Patrons who visited the Jamaican booth at the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) Annual Conference and Trade Show were very impressed with the excellence of the Jamaican spices, foods, clothes, pottery and art that were on display.
“They were really impressed with our products,” said Paulette Rhoden, the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) Director of Trade Mission and Trade Promotions. “They said they did not know that Jamaica made such quality products,” she added.
In its continuing effort to promote ‘Brand Jamaica’, the JMA led a delegation of some 16 Jamaican manufacturers to the three-day Trade Show from October 31 to November 1, held at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto.
The CME, a national organization which represents Canadian business enterprises, puts on an annual trade show to promote products and expertise. This year more than 1,500 participants came from several countries, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Thailand and Jamaica.
Mrs. Rhoden, who is also Director of Marketing and Export for Crimson Dawn Manufacturing Co. Ltd., which makes track suits and sport uniforms, said the trade show provided an opportunity for the Jamaican manufacturers to introduce their products to the Canadian marketplace. She said some of the companies were successful in making contacts.
The companies which participated were, A Touch of Art, Agriventures Jamaica Ltd., Alpha Arts, Barco Caribbean, Bridget Sandals, Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances, Chas E. Ramson, Crimson Dawn Manufacturing, Cultural Arts, Falcon Marketing, Honey Bun, Jalex Manufacturing, Latin American Exporters, P.A. Benjamin Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Seprod, Uyi Bamboo Art and V.A.P Ltd.
The Jamaican pavilion was resplendent with Jamaican art and craft, sports wear, cosmetics, syrups, rum cake, and decorated with the colours of Jamaica and the JMA’s ‘Buy Jamaican, Build Jamaica’ stickers.
Information was freely available on Jamaica’s products and services, including the annual JMA/JEA Expo slated for April 27 to 30, 2006, at the National Arena in Kingston, under the theme, ‘Buy Jamaican, Brand we Love’.
Angela Clarke, owner of Alpha Arts, a ceramics store located in Montego Bay, told JIS News that the trade show provided some exposure for her company and the reaction from the Canadians has convinced her to explore other trade shows and develop a market for Alpha Arts ceramics.