Food & Nutrition

Jamaica Customs Cuts Rates on Some Imported Alcoholic Beverages

Jamaica Customs has reduced the stamp duty on some alcoholic beverages, effective today. The reduced rates will affect beverages such as wines, liquors and cordials. Beverages which attracted a duty of US$1.60 now attract a rate of US$1.00 per litre, while the US$0.90 applied to beers has been dropped to US $0.60 per litre. GCT and Customs Duties must be ...

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Grace Recalls a Batch of Chicken Vienna Sausages

GraceKennedy has recalled a batch of its Chicken Vienna sausages, produced at its food processors division in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. The recall is for the 140 gram, easy-open metal containers, marked with lot number 1-4-0-4-1-5-1-0-G-C-H-2-6. Persons in possession of the products are advised not to consume them and return them to the point of purchase, where they will be refunded. Michael ...

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Government To Reduce Proposed Tax on Liquor For The Hotel Sector

The government plans to reduce the proposed additional stamp duty (ASD) on alcoholic beverages announced in April as part of a $6.7 billion tax measures to meet its primary surplus target. The move was in response to complaints from the hotel sector about the effect that the original amendment would have on the industry.

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Price Hike For Poultry Products

Consumers are facing more increases in food prices triggered by the Jamaican dollar losing value against the US currency. As the US dollar increases one major supplier of chicken has again adjusted prices while it will soon cost more to purchase eggs. The continuing US dollar slippage is placing tremendous pressure on the manufacturing sector and signaled that more price ...

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Consumers Force Price Roll Back of Bananas

Less than a month after consumers started paying more for the price of five fingers of ripe bananas, the island’s largest producer of the fruit, JP Tropical Foods, has rolled back the increase. The price was hiked by 20% on April 22. Jamaica Producers Group implemented a roll back, after a negative reaction from consumers. The price roll back is ...

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Pork Prices To Increase on Monday

Pig farmers have announced a 4% increase in the cost of pork and live animals they sell to meat processors and traders. The president of the Jamaica Pig Farmers’ Association, Delroy Manya, says the increase will take effect on Monday, May 12. Pig farmers are forced to increase the prices for their products due to increases in input costs.

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Coca-Cola Removes Flame Retardant Ingredient From Powerade

Coca-Cola will no longer use a controversial ingredient in its Powerade sports drink, the company confirmed today. The company said its Powerade drinks were now free of brominated vegetable oil, an ingredient which has been linked to a flame retardants. Coca-Cola has said before that the ingredient helps “improve stability and prevents certain ingredients from separating.”

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$200m KFC Coming To Portmore

Restaurant of Jamaica (ROJ) will open a third KFC store in Portmore, the company said. The new store represents new investment in the ballpark of J$200 million and will seat 80 persons. The store should be open for business in the third-quarter 2014. The company, which is seeking 40 workers for the store, began recruitment last week. The third Store ...

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Jamaican Coffee Prices Set For Another Increase

Jamaica coffee prices are set for another round of double-digit increases based on heightened demand and production shortages, according to the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association. “It is therefore expected that due to these increased demands the price of both green and roasted coffee products will increase accordingly. We therefore wish to sensitise the public of this pending increase.

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Chikungunya Now an Epidemic in The Caribbean

The Chikungunya virus has reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean. Last week Antigua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines became the latest countries to declare an outbreak. “This is not a severe disease, in that people don’t die from it, but Chikungunya has more long term a significant per cent of people will have joint pains”.

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