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Ray Winder

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Just out of normal business in order for bah bis to c ontinutally provide quality products and to be competitve against other international companies it would be in their best interest to have labels that have a lot more information than they do now.

“The wiser the Bahamian consumer becomes and the more discerning they become around products, If we are going to be able to sell even more in our own domestic market we’re going to have to demonstrate that the products that we are making in the Bahamas are the same quality as the products we are bringing into the countrry, and the only way you would be able to make adequate comparison is being able to compare what’s on the label.”

One of the challenges of Bahamian businessmen is that even though they have the advantage of the tarriff and the advantage of the industrial encouragemnt act and other acts that help with their development of business, most of the Bahamian light manufacturers still haven’t garnished a significant share of the domestic market. So in order to grow, clearly they’re going to have to do more creative and innovative things to get a bigger share of the domestic market. One of those things, I think, is demonstrating to the Bahamian general public that the quality of Bahamian products is just as good and in some cases better than some of the products that are curently on the shelves with some of our retailers. One of the ways of emphasizing that point it to ensure that the consumer has the right information to make that decision.

“One of the things that can be lacking on some of these products is expiration date. in terms of the shelf life of the product.

“Currently right now because we do not have the kind of standards bureau in our country, there are products that are being imported into the Bahamas that don’t have all this vital information, forget Bahamian products. this is a 2 pahse thing. Its not just Bahamaian businesses.

currently right now there are products being imported into our country tht don’t have the kind of information that(allow)the conusmer to make informed and accurate decisions about the quality of the product. Some of them, you can barely tell the expiration date and some of them are not totally clear with some of the ingredients that may be on the product

“So in other words someone can import into the Bahamas a product with far inferior standard than the local product and be able to sel it at a lower price and basically have a competitive advantage over the domestic producer.”

Sawyer

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pigeon peas&guava jam

no requirements at the moment but all that is going to change soon.

“We’ve already stated doing some of our labels with all the ingrediensts, nutrition and everything else on it.”

no on peas yet but its on guava jams and conch chowder

all that’s going to be changing soon so we wanted to get a little head start.

“If we join the WTO itll have to change becuase we’ll have to meet the world standards on that.”

,,,process,,,”you just send a smaple of the product to lab and they send everything back to you and you just inlcude it on your label.”

does not believe it makes their products more competitive locally.”You have to comply with the new laws.”

most of their labels made in the Bahamas

everyhting local right now

used to do some exporting but it never really worked out 6:00

Glen Raymond Rogers

President

Bahamas Food Packaging Ltd.

we’re not exporting yet.

country planning to join wto which should

all listed on the package … its a necessity in the food service business

to standard

It’s really not becuase its a requiremnt but internally we need to know for qality control.

put a product in the mkt with no expiry date and its over the expiry date&product may be off … and get apeople sick.

Now also pro ucing purified water

For a long time only bottle supplier in the market

therefore had to go into water production for survival

Ultra Pure w/only drive throun on island.

“Of course. the general public now looks at theat very close.ly. they want to know that ther

re label up front cost is expensive but its written of ver a number of years. In teh begining probably$1000 for arwork and plates&die … then you have to buy the labels.

buy 10-25k …

some are made locally

“superior label”

Will start bottling cooking oil.#1

SOYA name of oil … will be soy bean oil.

invested about 85 k in holdiong equipment.

our oil will probably sell for less

small sizes to person who cannot afford larger sizes

oil price controlled by govt.

exporters into teh Bah may be pricing it a little highg.

hoping to do this too

“Hopefully it will keep us alive”

worldise decomnomy depressed … so much ompetition in the water biz

under bah extruders just signed on junkanoo … makin junkanoo bleech…same strength as blanco 5%active

no contract but they

Junkanoo all purpose cleaner(festival)sells for less

helping junkanoo

onshelf within 4 weeks

1st week jan zeeland farms frm minoosta

invesgted

tote have a board that really checks with manurfactures to see if they need help and

even 1 person who could check.

For the 34 years in manufacturing

consulting, financing … a lot of bahamians out there but unless you …

total 6 5 70 Bapak

Mr. Roger’s email

bottle biz tied to water … cyclical… busi dropped off when winter started … at least 50%

20 minuts.

large market allows for better economies of scale

that’s why phils

[email protected]

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currently right now there are products being imported into our country tht don’t have the kind of information that(allow)the conusmer to make informed and accurate decisions about the quality of the product. Some of them, you can barely tell the expiration date and some of them are not totally clear with some of the ingredients that may be on the product

“So in other words someone can import into the Bahamas a product with far inferior standard than the local product and be able to sel it at a lower price and basically have a competitive advantage over the domestic producer.”

“One of those things, I think, is demonstrating to the Bahamian general public that the quality of Bahamian products is just as good and in some cases better than some of the products that are curently on the shelves with some of our retailers.

“In order to grow, clearly they are going to have to do more creative and innovative things to get a bigger share of the domestic market,”Winder said.”

The quality of Bahamian products is often as good, or better than comparative imported goods, but according to Winder, there is often not enough information on labels to allow consumers to make an informed decision.

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Without proper food labeling standards, The Bahamas may be used as a dumping site for expired or inferior food products, disadvantaging local food producers and the general public.

Local food producers should see the benefits to marketing and quality control and acThe Bahamas’chief negotiator the the World Trade Organization, Raymond Winder,

“It’s really not because it’s a requirement, but internally we need to know for quality control.”Glen Rogers, President of Bahamas Food Packaging Ltd.”It’s a necessity in the food service business.”

Sawyer

no requirements at the moment but all that is going to change soon.

“We’ve already stated doing some of our labels with all the ingrediensts, nutrition and everything else on it.”

does not believe it makes their products more competitive locally.”You have to comply with the new laws.”

most of their labels made in the Bahamas

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