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JOA says Gracekennedy helped maintain world-leading performance of athletes

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has described the support of the GraceKennedy Group for the athletes as unparalleled and essential.

This is according to Mike Fennel, president of the JOA, who spoke at a special luncheon hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus on September 15, 2016 to thank the GraceKennedy Group for its support of the 63-member Jamaican contingent at the Rio Olympics.

“This is our way of saying thank you for your unparalleled support, especially for the recent Olympics Games in Rio. You have provided assistance through products and essential nutritional advice, which have assisted us in maintaining our world leading performances, and for that we are grateful,” said Fennel.

Representing GraceKennedy were Mrs Andrea Coy, CEO of GraceKennedy Foods, Jamaica (Domestic); and Mrs Angeline Gillings, Chief Global Category Officer, GraceKennedy Foods. Also present was Chef Karl Thomas, who was contracted by GK Foods to oversee the preparation of meals for the Jamaican Olympians.

In response, Mrs Coy said, “We are elated that you chose us to come on board for yet another Olympics, and we are proud to know that with our support, the team demonstrated a winning spirit and delivered such spectacular performances.”

Chef Thomas, who was also the lead chef for GraceKennedy Foods at the 2012 Olympics, said he was happy to have served the team and the country for the second consecutive Olympics. “It’s a thrilling feeling to be a part of this exceptional contingent, and it was an honour to prepare our athletes to take on the world, and to see them deliver so well,” he said. “Special thanks to GraceKennedy for not only being a part of this from the financial perspective, but to have considered nutrition and its significance to the athletes’ performance.”

As a token of its appreciation the JOA presented the trio with gift packages of official Jamaican team gear.

As the official Food & Nutrition Sponsor of the 2016 Jamaican Olympic team, GraceKennedy Foods, a part of the GraceKennedy Group, provided food products and other nutritional support for the contingent at the pre-Olympics training camp in Rio.

GraceKennedy has a history of supporting the development of Jamaican sporting activities as part of its contribution to nation building. This is in keeping with its philosophy to use organised sports as a vehicle to promote fair play, discipline and a drive for excellence among Jamaica’s youth.

GRACE FOODS RECALLS SPECIFIC BATCHES OF CURRY PRODUCTS - DOES NOT IMPACT JAMAICA...

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, August 17, 2016 – GraceKennedy Limited has announced the recall of the following batches of its curry products in keeping with a recall by a former supplier, Miami-based Oriental Packing Company, Inc.:

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Net Weight

Best Before Date & Batch Number

Grace Mild Jamaican Style Curry Powder – in glass container

2 oz

BB 03/11/19 OPCLOT # 030716

BB 03/28/19 OPCLOT # 032516

Grace Mild Jamaican Style Curry Powder -

in glass container

6 oz

BB 03/11/19 OPCLOT # 030716

Grace Hot Jamaican Style Curry Powder - in glass container

 

2 oz

BB 03/11/19 OPCLOT # 030716

 

BB 03/28/19 OPCLOT # 032516

Grace Hot Jamaican Style Curry Powder - in glass container

6 oz

BB 03/11/19 OPCLOT # 030716

 

BB 04/11/19 OPCLOT # 040816

Grace Caribbean Tradition Hot Curry Powder – in plastic container

4 oz

BB 12/14/19 OPCLOT # 121115

 

BB 12/14/19 OPCLOT # 120115

 

BB 03/11/19 OPCLOT # 030716

 

BB 03/28/19 OPCLOT # 032516

 

BB 04/11/19 OPCLOT # 040816

 

The products being recalled are packaged in the USA and distributed within the USA, Bermuda and the Bahamas.

The recall has been initiated due to the presence of lead in some variants of curry products which Oriental Packing Company, Inc. produced forGraceKennedy Foods (USA) and other companies.

Lead can accumulate in the body over time, and may cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the products being recalled.

Consumers who may have purchased the Grace Curry products bearing the above best before dates and corresponding batch numbers, should not consume them. Instead they should return same to point of purchase, where the full cost will be refunded. The best before dates and batch numbers can be found on the top of the product caps.

Mr Ryan Mack, President and CEO of GraceKennedy Foods (USA), stated that “GraceKennedy wishes to assure consumers that their safety is paramount and that providing safe, high quality products to our consumers remains our number one priority.” He added that the recall did not include any other batches of Grace Curry products.

Consumers in the USA with questions pertaining to the recall may contact Linda Colon at GraceKennedy Foods (USA) at (201) 329-6260 Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Consumers in the Bahamas and Bermuda may contact Steve Boucher at (954)774-2687. Questions may also be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


New branding for Tropical Rhythms to keep in step with global trends

GRACEKENNEDY has invested US$200,000 ($23.2 million) on recyclable plastic labels in its aim of becoming a global consumer group by 2020.

The new label -- which has replaced the company's paper Tropical Rhythms labelling -- is made of environmentally friendly polymers that do not contain or leach poisonous chemicals, Group CEO Don Wehby told the Jamaica Observer.

The company expects to see a minimum of 20 per cent return on investment within the first year of re-launch from an increase in market share across all its major global markets, including the United States, United Kingdom and Africa.

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Grace Foods Announces Major Customer Promotion for 2015

Three Nissan motor vehicles to be given away during Grace On The Move Kingston, Jamaica, January 30, 2015 - Three lucky Grace customerswill win brand new Nissan motor vehicles, as part of an exciting new promotion being spearheaded Grace Foods & Services Company (GFS). The promotion, dubbed "Grace on the Move",was launched yesterday (January29, 2015) at GraceKennedy Limited's headquarters in downtown Kingston.

"Grace on the Move" will see the GraceKennedy team traveling the length and breadth of Jamaica, staging in-store promotions, and ultimately giving three Nissan vehicles - a Versa, a Juke and an X-Trail.

Speaking at the launch, Group CEO Don Webhy expressed his own excitement about the promotion, stating that he too would be joining the Grace team on the road. In his brief address, he set the tone for the promotion, stating "Our Grace staff are going to be hitting the road, we're going to be visiting all our customers, reengaging with our customers, listening to our customers, to see how we can improve and service our customers better."

Gilroy Graham, Senior General Manager of Domestic Business, GK Foods, underscored Mr Wehby's endorsement of the promotion, adding,"This year, we wanted to shake things up a bit. Grace is constantly growing and evolving to meet the needs of our customers. With this campaign, we want to signal that. We want to show our consumers that we are moving with the times, moving with the needs, and moving with them. We also wanted to take the opportunity to support our retail clients, bringing excitement into retail spaces, and really sharing the new energy being generated here at our headquarters with our partners across the island.

The Grace on the Move"promotion will run until August 29, 2015. Over that period, GraceKennedy representatives will be travelling to all fourteen (14) parishes, hosting in-store promotions. In addition to the Nissan motor vehicles, shoppers will stand a chance of winning a wide range of prizes, including family vacations at resorts,stoves,microwaves, tickets to Champs and tablets. In order to participate and have a chance to win, Jamaican consumers are required to send any five Grace labels, along with their names, address and telephone number to"Grace on the Move", 73 Harbour Street, Kingston. They can alsohand it in at one of the many drop-off points located island-wide. There is no limit on how many times one can enter. Participants can earn a special bonus if the entry contains one or more of these products - Grace Baked Beans, Grace Tropical Rhythms, Grace Chicken Vienna Sausages, Grace Chicken Frankfurters, Grace Cock Flavour Soup Mix and Grace Tomato Ketchup.

The first drawing, for the winner of the Nissan Versa, will happen at the National Stadium on March 28, the final day of the GraceKennedy/ISSA Boys and Girls Championship.The second drawing will be for the winner of the Nissan Juke, and the winner of this sports utility vehicle will be announced on June 27 at Value Mart in May Pen. The third and final drawing, fortheNissan X-Trail, will be on August 29 at Consumer Meats in Montego Bay.

Jerk Festival Reigns Supreme

Jerk Festival Reigns Supreme
Thousands Show Up for Annual Event Despite Rain

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Not even the intermittent rain and chilly weather could stop the over 8,000 patrons from pouring into Markham Park in Sunrise on Sunday (November 9, 2014) for the 13th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. The premier event offered a feast of succulent jerk foods, cultural enrichment and riveting entertainment for everyone, from grandparents to grandchildren.

Organizers promised it would be the "the most fun you've ever had," and by all accounts, they delivered. Patrons were kept entertained with fierce cooking and domino competitions, cultural presentations and first-class entertainment on the Main Stage. As reggae artist Luciano brought the event to a crescendo and closed the curtains on another successful event, fans went home satisfied, yet still wanting more.

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GRACEKENNEDY SADDENED BY PASSING OF FRANCIS ‘PACO’ KENNEDY

Kingston, Jamaica, October 27 - GraceKennedy CEO, Don Wehby has expressed sadness at the passing of Francis ‘Paco’ Kennedy, noting that the country will be poorer for having lost him.

Mr Kennedy joined GraceKennedy in 1959 as a Billing Clerk, retiring in 2005 as the company’s Chief Projects Officer. He held several positions within the company, including integral roles in GraceKennedy’s (now extinct) Shipping Division, as well as GraceKennedy’s manufacturing and export arms. He also served as a Director of GraceKennedy and conceptualised and led the design of the GraceKennedy head office at 73 Harbour Street.

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Coconut Oil Comes Full Circle!

By Kelly McIntosh

Once upon a time, we were told that coconut oil was bad for us. We told our grandparents that they should stop using it in the preparation of their meals, and insisted on stocking our cupboards with refined soya bean oil, refined corn oil and various “vegetable oil blends”. These oils added no discernable aroma or taste. But we were told they were “better” for us so we imported them and used them. Those of us who could, added imported canola and olive oils to our diets.

Fast forward to the mid 2000’s, when all of a sudden, coconut oil literally became the flavor of the month in health food establishments in our neighbour up north! There has been a complete about-face where coconut oil is concerned, and with very good reason!

Thankfully, studies were done in some regions where coconuts and coconut products were heavily consumed. The results showed that obesity and heart disease were not at all prevalent in these South Pacific populations.

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GK Launches Hot Dog Franchise

GraceKennedy's new Hot Dog King franchise cart.

GraceKennedy (GK) Limited, right in time for the summer crowds, has rolled out a new hot dog cart franchise with the aim of pushing its hot dog and Grace ketchup brands to dollar-conscious consumers.

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