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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.

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The Caribbean is known for its picturesque scenery, blue waters and year-round balmy weather. But there’s more to this tropical paradise than resting on the beach.

Feel the thrilling sensation of conquering a 30-foot jump from a waterfall nestled in Grenada’s rolling hills. Hear the melodic whisper of the wind while zipping around Jamaica’s tree-covered mountainside in a bobsled. Relish rare, up-close views of vibrantly colored coral and exotic fish while snorkeling in the warm waters off Mexico’s coastline.

The Caribbean is a true feast for the senses — all of them. It has over 700 islands full of untapped natural wonders, unexpected activities and unparalleled culture and cuisine. Exploring three destinations in Mexico, Grenada and Jamaica will help you understand why this region isn’t just for lovers and sunbathers. It’s for adventure seekers, too…

The Caribbean is known for its picturesque scenery, blue waters and year-round balmy weather. But there’s more to this tropical paradise than resting on the beach.

Feel the thrilling sensation of conquering a 30-foot jump from a waterfall nestled in Grenada’s rolling hills. Hear the melodic whisper of the wind while zipping around Jamaica’s tree-covered mountainside in a bobsled. Relish rare, up-close views of vibrantly colored coral and exotic fish while snorkeling in the warm waters off Mexico’s coastline.

The Caribbean is a true feast for the senses — all of them. It has over 700 islands full of untapped natural wonders, unexpected activities and unparalleled culture and cuisine. Exploring three destinations in Mexico, Grenada and Jamaica will help you understand why this region isn’t just for lovers and sunbathers. It’s for adventure seekers, too.

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Tense moments

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — The Trump Administration hosted senators for an extraordinary White House briefing yesterday at a perilous moment with North Korea, marked by the unpredictable nation’s nuclear threats and stern talk of military action, if necessary, from the United States.All 100 senators were invited and transported in buses for the unprecedented, classified briefing. President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, defence secretary, top general and national intelligence director were to outline for them the North’s escalating nuclear capabilities and US response options, officials said. The briefing team was to meet later with House members in the Capitol.

The unusual sessions don’t necessarily presage the use of force along one of the world’s most heavily militarised frontiers, and some lawmakers questioned whether the cross-Washington procession was largely a show, as Trump dropped in on the Eisenhower Executive Office Building gathering of lawmakers.

But it certainly reflected the increased American alarm over North Korea’s progress in developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US mainland. And the recent flurry of military activity on and around the divided Korean Peninsula has put the world at high alert.

Tensions have escalated since Trump took office three months ago, determined to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile advances.

In the past two weeks, Trump has ordered high-powered US military vessels, including an aircraft carrier, to the region in a show of force to deter North Korea from more nuclear and missile tests. The North on Tuesday conducted large-scale, live-fire artillery drills, witnessed by national leader Kim Jong Un, as a reminder of its conventional threat to US-allied South Korea.

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