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  • With the country’s hotel room stock projected to reach approximately 48,000 by 2022, local food distributor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), is pledging to ensure that the hospitality sector “will always be adequately supplied”.
  • The company’s founder and co-chairman, Tom Tyler, gave the pledge as he addressed the official opening of CPJ’s US$10-million Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay, on February 12.
  • He said that the state-of-the-art building is a realisation of the vision, at the company’s establishment in 1994, to sell, market and distribute a wide and high-quality selection of consumables and “formalise distribution to Jamaica’s fast-growing hotel industry”.

With the country’s hotel room stock projected to reach approximately 48,000 by 2022, local food distributor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), is pledging to ensure that the hospitality sector “will always be adequately supplied”.

The company’s founder and co-chairman, Tom Tyler, gave the pledge as he addressed the official opening of CPJ’s US$10-million Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay, on February 12.

He said that the state-of-the-art building is a realisation of the vision, at the company’s establishment in 1994, to sell, market and distribute a wide and high-quality selection of consumables and “formalise distribution to Jamaica’s fast-growing hotel industry”.

Founder and Co-Chairman of Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), Tom Tyler, addressing the official opening of the company’s Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay on February 12.

 

“We are a strategic partner to the hotel industry, the island’s largest revenue earner. By providing the widest range of goods to meet the demands of local and foreign visitors alike, CPJ helps to build Jamaica as an international destination,” he noted.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. David Lowe, said the opening of the new distribution centre, which has “significantly expanded capacity”, demonstrates CPJ’s commitment to support some of the most important industries in Jamaica.

“By building a First-World facility, this will enable us to accommodate the planned and massive growth in the hotel sector over the next five years.”

Dr. Lowe said that by providing the additional capacity to supply food service right across the island, CPJ is confident that it will continue to be a critical stakeholder in the tourism industry.

“We are getting ahead of the curve by being ready to accommodate this demand,” he noted.

“We have won the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) award for the being the best purveyor for 10 of the last 11 years and we want to continue earning the trust and support by evolving and investing in our ability to service the industry. It will allow us to implement the latest processes and technology that will create greater efficiencies and cost containment as we grow,” he added.

For his part, JHTA President, Omar Robinson, said that CPJ’s relationship with the hotel sector is “invaluable”.

He said that in anticipation of the thousands of new rooms that will be coming on stream over the next five years, “it is comforting to have a distribution company like CPJ to ensure that the hotels are never short on supplies and where guests will be provided with top-quality products”.