WASHINGTON — A variety of top Jamaican gourmet foods will be on show in the United States capital, at the 57th Summer International Fancy Food Show, to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, beginning this weekend.
The Jamaican Promotion Corporation, JAMPRO, is leading a delegation of exporters in the agro-processing sector to the event, which lasts from July 10 to 12.
Twelve Jamaican companies will be featured in the Jamaican section of the Caribbean Pavilion – Continental Baking Company, Grace Foods International, Pedro Plains Jamaica Jerk Sauces, Abrahams and Cole Coffee Company, Fiwi Foods, Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, Jamaican Teas, JP Tropical Foods, Yummy Bakery, HoneyKist Apiaries, Central Food Packers and Sue Tru Caribbean.
Jamaican products to be showcased include: Blue Mountain Coffee infused syrup; herbal teas; snacks/chips; jerk sauces and seasonings; infused honey; and baked products.
The delegation will be led by President of JAMPRO, Sancia Bennett Templer and supported by Manager of Export Promotion, Berletta Henlon Forrester.
This summer event is recognised as North America’s premier showcase for specialty-gourmet, ethnic, natural and organic foods, snacks and beverages. Organised by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), the Fancy Food Show series comprise the Winter Show in San Francisco; the Spring Show in Chicago; and the Summer Show, normally held in New York, but moved to Washington, D.C., this year.
The 2010 summer show featured over 23,000 buyers and specialty food industry professionals from around the world.
Jamaica’s participation is a private-public sector collaboration, between JAMPRO and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. It is designed to increase the trade of goods and services between Jamaica and the rest of the world.
An Investor Breakfast Meeting on July 12 will also form a part of the activities during the four-day JAMPRO mission to Washington. The JAMPRO President will address participants. The primary objectives of the meeting are to increase awareness of Jamaica as a viable investment location and trading partner and gain feedback from the region.
By DERRICK SCOTT, JIS Reporter