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Red Stripe named Manufacturer of the Year


Red Stripe Jamaica is this year’s winner of the Governor General’s Award for Manufacturer of the Year (sponsored by EXIM Bank). The award was especially relevant as the Heineken-owned company has recently returned its US-based manufacturing to Jamaica, after temporarily moving a part of its production to Pennsylvania in 2012.

The awards banquet, currently in its 49th year, brings together Jamaica’s small, medium and large manufacturers and awards them for innovation and excellence in a variety of areas. The event was held on Saturday at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston.

Red Stripe beat two other competitors for the award – Wisynco and PA Benjamin.

According to the JMA, to be declared Manufacturer of the Year, the applicant goes through a rigorous quantitative and qualitative selection process which analyses and explores the company’s productivity, quality standards and certification, export operations, training and development of personnel, contribution to community development and environmental preservation, as well as achievements in research and development and continued innovation.

Red Stripe also walked away with a second award, The Robert Lightbourne Award for Competitiveness.

Meanwhile Seprod took the Prime Minister’s Award for Champion Exporter for large exporters.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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