B&D Trawling to host SeaBest Pop Up Kitchen today
Local seafood exporter B&D Trawling will host a pop up kitchen event at its headquarters in Downtown Kingston on Thursday November 26th and 27th in an effort to showcase all its products to the public. According to Roderick Francis CEO of B&D Trawling, the company recently made the move from being a wholly export outfit to one that now boasts a wholesale outlet.
"Our wholesale outlet is open for business and our retail arm will be open in time for Christmas. In fact we will be offering a 10 per cent discount to persons who come to our outlet to shop and free delivery for persons who call in their orders. There is no minimum order size for delivery so it can be just a pack of shrimp. The Pop Up kitchen is the perfect way to show the public what we offer," Francis said.
In October, the company inked a deal with US Seafood Giant, Beaver Street Fisheries, to process and package products under the Sea Best brand. The Pop Up Kitchen will feature a number of chefs who will create amazing dishes utilising all of B&D's products including those in the SeaBest line.
RETAIL AND WHOLESALE
"After enjoying over 30 years as an export company specialising in the production, processing and export of seafood, we now enter the retail and wholesale seafood market with Sea Best products," he added.
Under this new arrangement, not only will B&D supply Beavers Street Fisheries (BSF) but the reverse will also hold, BSF will provide B&D with products that it is unable to procure or catch locally, these will include Swai commonly known in Jamaica as Basa, Shrimp, Clams and Scallops. B&D is aiming to strike a balance between the number of imports and exports to the island with the import rate at a record high.
"This is a major step for the company, as we venture into retail and wholesale. We are currently in General Foods stores and will be in other supermarkets by the end of the month," Francis informed.
BSF is a leading importer, manufacturer and distributor of quality frozen seafood products in the United States and has been in operation for over 60 years. The company has carved out a prominent reputation by supplying products to the food service and hotel industry. Under the license agreement, only B&D Trawling is allowed to process and package products under the Sea Best Brand in Jamaica.
"Currently most of the seafood being sold in the local market is imported, in fact about 90% of all the seafood in our supermarkets is foreign. We want to change that by incorporating more local produce and catch in what we sell," Francis explained.
"Come down to our outlet and enjoy seafood prepared in many different ways," he encouraged.