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Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has lauded the Jamaican-owned food production and distribution company, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill for creating its own niche market and becoming a household name in Jamaica, the Caribbean and internationally.
“This is a phenomenal achievement for any company and one for which you should be justifiably proud,” the Prime Minister said in a message delivered by Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Anthony Johnson, at Golden Krust’s 20th anniversary thanksgiving service at the North Bronx Seventh Day Adventist Church in New York on August 23.
He further commended the company for tailoring its products and operations to meet global challenges and for bringing a taste of Caribbean food and culture to the international space.
“I must also acknowledge and commend you on your display of corporate responsibility. Your company recognises that it must extend its reach beyond the walls of its business to the outside communities, by engaging in noteworthy and worthwhile community projects and programmes that build the lives of the people,” the Prime Minister added.
Ambassador Johnson, for his part, said that the Jamaican-owned food and production chain represents the best of the island.
He noted that the growth of Golden Krust into a successful franchise was not only inspiring, “but also a testament to the indefatigable and enterprising spirit of the Hawthorne family.”
“The Golden Krust concept provides an example of a Jamaican business stretching from coast to coast; an example of persons of humble beginnings rising to eminence; a showcase of Jamaican food delights; a business which allows other small businesses to grow; the development of the only product that can outsell the American hamburger; an example to all Jamaicans that we can do whatever anyone else can,” he added.
In his remarks, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowell Hawthorne said that since the opening of the first store in 1989 in the Bronx, Golden Krust has evolved into a thriving enterprise. “Not only are we one of the largest producers of Caribbean baked products in the USA (United States of America), but also the fastest growing Caribbean food franchise,” he pointed out.
Mr. Hawthorne said that despite the economic ills, Golden Krust continues to experience growth in its retail segment. He said the celebration of 20 years is also mixed with some amount of sadness as “we remember our parents, Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne, who laid the foundation in Jamaica and passed on the skills and training we so proudly use today.”
Deputy Mayor of New York, Dennis Walker and Brooklyn Borough President, Ruben Diaz, also attended the service.
Seven scholarships, each valued at $180,000 (US$2,000), were presented to seven students heading to college in the fall. Awards were also made to the company’s long-serving franchisees and members of staff.
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill is a manufacturer and distributor of Caribbean-styled food products, including Jamaican patties. There are 122 Golden Krust franchises in nine states throughout the United States.

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