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GraceKennedy aims to make a crust in US patty market

GraceKennedy is now manufacturing and distributing frozen patties to the United States as part of its latest thrust in securing a place in the global market. Chief Executive Officer Don Wehby told the Jamaica Observer that the conglomerate has partnered with a co-packer of Jamaican heritage in the US to manufacture the patties.

GraceKennedy, which currently distributes to over 60 countries, says it is seeking to carry its newest product across the globe and has already begun distribution in the US.

In an e-mailed response to Business Observer queries, Wehby said the patties can now be found in South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Central Florida in the Orlando/Orange county area; and in most independent chains, including Broward Meat & Fish, Bravo Supermarkets and Presidente supermarkets.

Grace patties, also branded turnovers to better reflect the wider American market, are also listed in Winn-Dixie supermarkets.

“We have also begun exploratory sales in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia areas with a listing in 16 Shoppers supermarket stores,” he said.

A note to shareholders in GraceKennedy’s 2016 annual report says the patties, which are currently produced in three flavours – spicy beef, mild beef and curry chicken – were introduced in the south-east USA on a test basis in March 2016.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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