From left: General manager of WIBISCO Adrian Padmore, export manager Lisa Murray, Industry Minister Donville Inniss and executive director of Caribbean Export Pamela Coke-Hamilton. (GP)
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THE WEST INDIA Biscuit Company Limited (WIBISCO), widely known for their baked goods such as biscuits and cookies, copped the Caribbean Exporter of the Year Award at the 2nd Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards.
The Awards event, held last night at the Hilton Barbados Resort, was hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and funded by the European Union (EU) via the 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme. It aimed to recognise and promote the contributions of outstanding exporters to the region’s economy.
“Our vision was that these awards would raise the profile of our SMEs in the regional and international market place, and I firmly believe that we are on the right track with this initiative. This belief was validated in 2015, when the inaugural Caribbean Exporter of the Year, the CEO of Sacha Cosmetics, revealed that this achievement opened the doors for his company into Cuba – a market that they had previously pursued without any success,” said Pamela Coke Hamilton, executive director of Caribbean Export.”
The event, which brought together over 100 guests saw a total of six awards being won. WIBISCO exported to over 20 countries across the world and realised their motto ‘Baked in the Caribbean, Loved Everywhere’. With a company culture of innovation and a continuous drive for excellence they have successfully introduced new techniques and equipment to increase efficiencies and output in response to the fast-paced ever changing global marketplace.
The Female Exporter of the Year Award was sponsored by RBC Royal Bank was won by Haitian Yve-Car Momperousse, owner of Kreyol Essence. The company manufactures organic natural hair, skin and aromatherapy products including exotic oils, pomades, soufflés and therapeutic candles.
The Green Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Williams Industries Inc. was taken by Perishables Jamaica Ltd (PJL) for their efficient use of green technologies in the production of herbal teas that use authentic Jamaican raw materials. From their 20-acre farm they operate on a 15Kw Photovoltaic system, which has reduced their electricity cost by 70 per cent since installation.
SMAKS Luxury Group which has been in business since 2011, and produces a range of Caribbean-flavoured teas took home the Emerging Exporter of the Year Award sponsored by Automotive Art.
In the past 3 years a new product was developed - Chai Rum, the world’s first tea-infused rum, which the company now exports to seven countries in Europe.
The Special Award for Excellence in Service Export, which recognises an outstanding Caribbean firm whose primary area of business is the provision of services with global reach, was won by Nand Persaud International Communications Inc. from Guyana. That organisation which employs over 500 people has experienced an impressive 31 per cent increase in export growth in the provision of a range of customer support services to their international clientele.
Glyn Partidge, Founder of 10 Saints Brewery Ltd, was the Agency’s Choice Award winner on the night. 10 Saints is a Barbadian micro-brewery that has leveraged several opportunities from Caribbean Export exemplifying the great drive and determination required to successfully export products and services globally. (PR/NB)