One local warehouse operator is calling for more Bajan manufacturers to come forward.
An official at Shop Smart, who spoke to a Barbados TODAY team, said that as a Barbadian owned and operated company, they strongly support local producers and would really like to see more local producers’ products on their shelves.
“We carry a wide range of mauby, jams, etc. We are always willing to sit down and talk to Barbadian producers about getting their products in Shop Smart and we try to sell them at the most competitive price possible — minimum mark up and work towards a very fast turnover of the products.
“We appreciate the struggles that the Barbadian producers are going through and we are here to help,” the official said.
They sell chicken, jams, mauby, hot sauce. On an ongoing basis we are on the look out for more Barbadian products to carry,” the official said.
An example of this was banana jam, from a local supplier which he noted he heard about for the first time last week.
“We are willing to help, we want to help and because we believe that Barbadian businesses need to survive and need to grow. We are in the unfortunate situation where most of Barbados’ food supply is not controlled by Barbadians,” said the Shop Smart official. (DS)