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Sandals, BAMSI in discussions on collaboration

Sandals Royal Bahamian is in discussions with the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) on the provision of produce for restaurants at the resort.

Although the resort already sources produce from local farmers, its Director of Food and Beverage Seion Wintz said a collaboration would be the first time the resort works directly with BAMSI.

“For this year, the Sandals group food and beverage operation, what we have embarked on through the chain is collaborating with local farmers. It is important that we support local farmers to ensure that we get local produce onto our buffets, onto our plates. It’s all about the freshness and what our farmers are producing. This venture really and truly is magnificent, which can work for us,” Wintz told Guardian Business earlier this week.

“One of the most important things is ensuring that BAMSI can get it from the ground to Nassau. It would be expected to be a shorter trip to get it to us, and once that can be maintained and sustained it will all be well and good for us to continue.”

Last month, BAMSI announced that as a part of its new model to streamline operational costs and increase its economic viability, whatever is grown on the BAMSI farm in North Andros would be used to feed students at the institute, with the remaining produce to be sold directly to wholesalers, hotels and restaurants.

“It’s more about re-emphasizing and spreading it across to ensure that our guests understand, because on every menu we insert that notation referencing the farmers that we are collaborating with. So it’s also bringing that information to our guests so they understand it’s fresh and local,” Wintz said of Sandals’ commitment to using locally grown produce.

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