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  • To support the Government’s thrust to grow the agricultural sector, JP Tropical Foods Limited will be spending approximately US$1.4 million over the next two years to upgrade its facilities.
  • Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on August 10, General Manager for the Commercial Division of JP Tropical Foods, which is responsible for JP Farms and St. Mary’s snacks, Neil Crum-Ewing, said the upgrade will include expansion of the pineapple farm, the construction of a multipurpose packing house and expansion of JP’s commercial operations.

To support the Government’s thrust to grow the agricultural sector, JP Tropical Foods Limited will be spending approximately US$1.4 million over the next two years to upgrade its facilities.

Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on  August 10, General Manager for the Commercial Division of JP Tropical Foods, which is responsible for JP Farms and St. Mary’s snacks, Neil Crum-Ewing, said the upgrade will include expansion of the pineapple farm, the construction of a multipurpose packing house and expansion of JP’s commercial operations.

Over the past 85 years, JP has focused on growing banana, but diversified to include the production of pineapple, coconut, cassava, and most recently, sweet potato for the domestic market.

“We are in the process of building a new multipurpose packing house, which will be capable of handling the increased volume of pineapples, and new crops, such as sweet potato, and improve our quality chain,” he said.

“The expectation of our customers is that all our products should consistently be of a high standard above the competition. So, while we are efficient we have to ensure that the best quality products are available in the market at all times,” Mr. Crum-Ewing added.

He explained that consumers are looking for healthier alternatives, as common lifestyle illnesses have increased from poor eating habits, and his organisation feels it is important to provide consumers with healthier foods.

The General Manager noted that over 200 acres of land will be cultivated to significantly increase pineapple production and make the fruit available throughout the year.

“To achieve this, we will apply best practices that we have learnt from the banana business and expert partners from other countries, such as Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic,” Mr. Crum-Ewing said.

He pointed out that banana farming continues to be JP’s major business with some 700 acres in production, which represent 25 per cent of the market share.