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Technology Solutions Limited (TSL), a provider of a wide range of technical and consulting services for the export, food service, manufacturing and hospitality industries, has acquired the Caribbean franchise to represent and offer the services of international food consulting firm Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC).
Based in Ontario Canada, GFTC provides creative technical solutions, training, consulting and auditing within the North American agri-food industry in areas such as product and research development, packaging and shelf life. It allows companies to increase their competitiveness, by helping them to develop new products, design new processes, train staff and implement safety and quality systems such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000.
Through the partnership with TSL, companies in the region can take comfort in the fact that they are benefiting from the expertise of one of the most widely recognized food safety accreditation bodies in the Americas.
The alliance, which was launched at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay today, received the endorsement of the manufacturing, export and hospitality sectors.
Andrew Grey, Chief Executive Officer of Grey’s Pepper Sauce, who spoke on behalf of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), said the partnership would undoubtedly benefit the entire manufacturing sector, while Vice President of the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA), Vitus Evans, said that exporters should find the services “very crucial”.
Horace Peterkin, Vice President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), expressed the hope that food researchers would take advantage of the expertise being provided and explore the avenues for maintaining the quality and shelf life of some of the indigenous products of Jamaica.
He emphasized that the allegiance between TSL and GFTC would prove to be of immense value to all Jamaicans, especially those in the export market.
Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Michael Muirhead, who spoke on behalf of State Minister for Industry and Tourism, Dr. Wyekham McNeill, also expressed congratulations and full support for the new alliance.
Pointing out that the partnership was “very relevant” to both the industry and tourism sectors, he said that certification of local companies would ultimately result in more efficient production and services, and greater consumer confidence.
The agreement gives companies in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, access to the most widely recognized auditing, certified training, good manufacturing practices and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point certification services, which will allow them to compete internationally.

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