Ren­wick & Com­pany Cel­e­brates Fifty Years

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Sun­day Jan­uary 3rd, 2016 Ren­wick & Com­pany marked fifty years since its doors were first opened for busi­ness at 19 Bridge Street, Cas­tries with a com­pli­ment of two employees. The com­pany now em­ploys one hun­dred and seven team mem­bers and op­er­ates out of two lo­ca­tions – Vide Bouteille High­way, Cas­tries and Bean­field, Vieux Fort. Now the big­gest in­de­pen­dent dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany in Saint Lucia, Ren­wick & Com­pany Ltd con­tin­ues to be headed by its founder and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Christopher Ren­wick.

The fifti­eth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions started off with a thanks­giv­ing church ser­vice for employees and their fam­i­lies at the Lady of Fa­tima Catholic Church in La Clery on Sun­day Jan­uary 3rd. As part of the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity com­po­nent of the cel­e­bra­tions, ham­pers were do­nated to the first ba­bies born on the an­niver­sary date of Sun­day Jan­uary 3rd, 2016 at the two main pub­lic hos­pi­tals: St. Jude’s Hos­pi­tal in Vieux Fort and Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal in Cas­tries.

The lucky baby at Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal was Hai­ley Kayla Felix who was born at 12:15 am on the morn­ing of Jan­uary 3rd. Her mother Judy Her­man was in­deed thank­ful that Hai­ley was healthy and also for the un­ex­pected sur­prise of be­ing awarded the Ren­wick 50th an­niver­sary baby ham­per.

At St. Jude’s Hos­pi­tal on the morn­ing of Jan­uary 3rd there were three po­ten­tial win­ners for the Ren­wick baby 50th an­niver­sary baby ham­per. It came down to the last hour when Kaga Al­bert of Mon Re­pos gave birth to her daugh­ter Kelsey Al­bert at mid­night.

The ham­pers awarded to the lucky ba­bies con­tained prod­ucts from the Ren­wick line of baby care brands which in­clude John­son’s baby prod­ucts, Beech­nut baby food and Sleepy di­a­pers.

Through­out the year Ren­wick’s John­son’s baby care nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als will con­duct pre- and post-na­tal clin­ics for ex­pec­tant and new moth­ers at all health cen­tres through­out the is­land.

On Mon­day Jan­uary 4th, 2016 cus­tomers vis­it­ing the com­pany’s of­fices in Cas­tries and Vieux Fort were served with cof­fee from the com­pany’s Col­cafe range of cof­fee, ca­pucchino and Cho­col­isto break­fast drink, Noel bis­cuits and United Bis­cuits brands along with KC and Ar­cor con­fec­tionery.

At the end of Jan­uary a re­tail pro­mo­tion called “50 Days of Dis­counts” will be rolled out. The pro­mo­tion will in­clude fifty con­sec­u­tive days of dis­counts on spe­cially marked items among the Ren­wick prod­uct port­fo­lio. Th­ese dis­counts will be avail­able at Ren­wick’s re­tail­ers and at the com­pany’s dis­tri­bu­tion lo­ca­tions.

Through­out 2016 the com­pany will cel­e­brate this mile­stone with ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­mo­tions fea­tur­ing the many brands they bring to busi­nesses and con­sumers across Saint Lucia and a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties are also planned to rec­og­nize team mem­bers for their long ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to the team.

Ren­wick & Com­pany’s pres­ence is not lim­ited to the con­sumer goods in­dus­try. Through its two gar­den cen­tre out­lets in Cas­tries and Vieux Fort, Ren­wick is the ma­jor sup­plier of agri­cul­tural in­puts. Its brands, in­clud­ing Gramox­one, Touch­down, Fer­san fer­til­izer and Solo sprayers, are an in­te­gral part of the fab­ric of the lo­cal farming com­mu­ni­ties.

In fact it was Christopher Ren­wick, in the early days of Ren­wick & Com­pany, who in­tro­duced lo­cal farm­ers to the con­cept of chem­i­cal con­trol of weeds when he per­son­ally con­ducted field tri­als for Gramox­one which, at the time, was new tech­nol­ogy in the in­dus­try.

With its slo­gan “Shop­ping The World For You” the com­pany’s other di­vi­sions also make sim­i­lar con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal com­mu­nity: • The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal di­vi­sion, through its Ab­bott Lab­o­ra­to­ries range of haema­tol­ogy prod­ucts, pro­vides Ren­wick & Com­pany with an op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with the blood test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries at all pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties. • In the con­struc­tion in­dus­try the com­pany’s ce­ment brand, Ar­gos, is dis­trib­uted via a well-es­tab­lished net­work of deal­ers and whole­salers through­out the is­land. This di­vi­sion also dis­trib­utes a num­ber of other prod­ucts in­cludig USG ceil­ing tiles, nails, doors, win­dows, kitchens and gran­ite counter tops. • Of­fice fur­ni­ture is sold through the com­pany’s show­room on the Vide Bouteille High­way. Ad­di­tion­ally Ren­wick also serves the lo­cal print­ing com­mu­nity through the dis­tri­bu­tion of pa­per and com­mer­cial print­ing sup­plies.

The Ren­wick port­fo­lio in­cludes many power brands in the fast mov­ing con­sumer goods (FMCGs) seg­ment. Th­ese in­clude John­son & John­son, Noel Bis­cuits, Bay­gon, United Bis­cuits, Reckitt Benckiser, SC John­son, Red Bull, Corona Beer, Ponche Caribe, among oth­ers.

Like most lo­cal com­pa­nies, Ren­wick & Com­pany has been faced with in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult eco­nomic chal­lenges over the last few years but the com­pany con­tin­ues to evolve to meet th­ese chal­lenges through the com­mit­ment of ded­i­cated staff mem­bers, sup­port­ive sup­pli­ers, loyal cus­tomers, proac­tive lead­er­ship and by liv­ing its slo­gan of “Shop­ping the World For You.”

Ren­wick & Com­pany brought good tid­ings to the first baby born at the Vieux Fort hos­pi­tal (above) and a sec­ond bun­dle of joy at Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal (be­low) on

Jan­uary 3, to co­in­cide with the com­pany’s 50th an­niver­sary.

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