Rainforest Seafoods lauded as sector’s purveyor of choice
RAINFOREST SEAFOODS’ representatives were met with huge cheers as they took to the stage to accept their award for being the hospitality and tourism sector’s purveyor of choice at the Hospitality Jamaica 2016 awards ceremony on Saturday, November 19.
The Caribbean’s leading supplier of fish and seafood, Rainforest copped the Best Purveyor Award for the second time. In 2014, the organisation walked away with the title.
Established in 1995, the company has since enabled the tourism sector to soothe their guests’ appetite for fresh, premium-quality seafood, which was in high demand by guests, but low in supply locally, or were highly priced due to Jamaica’s waters being among the world’s most overfished.
Over the years, the hotels islandwide have proven to be the company’s largest customers. Rainforest provides more than 500 references of fish and seafood, caught from Caribbean waters, as well as Asia, Chile, and Canada.
During Jamaica’s lobster and conch open season, Rainforest provides hotels and supermarkets with the delicacies, which are supplied by local fishermen with whom they work closely to ensure that they are fishing in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Rainforest Seafoods is headquartered in Freeport in Montego Bay, where it also operates a distribution centre. It also has a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art processing plant in Kingston, which is certified under the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point food safety management system and which produces value-added products via smoking, brining, battering, and breading, among other methods.
The company has introduced several new items within the last few years to its food service and retail customers even as seafood remains its core product. These include a line of shrimp, jerk fish, turkey, seasoned beef and jerk beef burgers, among others.
Rainforest’s two facilities, collectively, have the capacity to carry 10 million pounds of frozen product at any time, and its fleet of 35 refrigerated vehicles enables the company to deliver island, within 24 hours following an order, a standard of operation that is a delight to any purchasing manager or chef.
From left: Melia Braco’s director of sales Angella Bennett presents the Best Purveyor award to Rainforest Seafoods’ Sashan Anderson, hotel/food service sales representative; Everol Wilson, food service/export development manager; and Ophelia Wright-Johnson, hotel/food service sales representative.
From left: Sales executives at Rainforest Seafoods Ophelia Johnson, Louis Reid, and Sashan Anderson.