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The Caribbean’s finest food and drinks to inspire at SIAL 2018
By JoEllen Laryea
Aug 13, 2018 - 10:25:05 AM

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS, August 13, 2018.  The Caribbean is widely known for its impeccable beaches, rhythmic music and tantalizing food, not to mention the rum!  At this years’ SIAL, Paris from October 21-25, 2018 visitor will get the opportunity to sample first hand a collection of the Caribbean’s finest food and beverage producers at the Caribbean Kitchen’s debut staging.  Twelve different producers from six Caribbean islands will exhibit a range of exotic authentic sauces, natural food products, herbal teas and a range of liquors and alcoholic beverages including rum. 

The participation of exhibitors under the banner Caribbean Kitchen will be found connecting halls 3 and 4 and is a collaborative effort between the Caribbean Export Develop Agency and the European Union to support Caribbean private sector development, promoting sustainable job creation to ultimately alleviate poverty.  With EU funding under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) it is hoped that the participation of Caribbean companies at SIAL will support increased exports of food and beverage products to the EU and contribute to our Region’s much needed foreign reserves and economic growth.

Of the twelve producers exhibiting Caribbean Cure Ltd, Global Seafood Distributors Ltd and Hot Mama’s Belize are women owned and include herbal teas, seafood and a range of flavoursome hot sauces and condiments.  Other exhibitors include, traditional Jamaican ackees from Island Packers and Blue Mountain Coffee from Country Traders Limited; Carita Jamaica Ltd producers of natural food products; the Caribbean’s only cider producer Benedicta S.A from the Dominican Republic; Ron Veleiro rum and J&J Spirits, SRL with their ready-to-drink mamajuana Kalembu ; honey from the Caribbean Beekeeping Services SRL; Vincyfresh Limited sauces and condiments and Naledo Belize Ltd with turmeric based products. 

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