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Jamaican wellness firm inks distribution deals in Mexico, Colombia

Published:Monday | January 28, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Jamaican health and wellness distribution firm Zimmer & Company has entered into distribution deals that will see its products being made available to the market in Mexico and Colombia.

According to Chief Executive Officer T’Shura Gibbs, Zimmer Mexico will seek to penetrate the vast Mexican customer base with a wide array of its products, while Colombian firm Medical Extractos, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical and botanical products, will handle the distribution of the Jamaican firm’s beauty and cosmetic line into that market.

”Zimmer has always been looking for opportunities to expand and grow our distribution footprint, and we are particularly interested in the markets that have us working in the Caribbean and Latin America,” Gibbs told The Gleaner.

The Montego Bay-based company has been expanding since it began operations last year when Gibbs decided to leave her executive position at the Jamaica Public Service Company and start her own business.

A CHANCE TO DO MORE

Zimmer & Company has focused on the hemp-based CBD (cannabidol) wellness aspect of the industry and now carries a line of 150 products in its portfolio.

“Some of the markets that we target would historically survive off the crumbs of (the cake baked by) developed countries, but what cannabis offers these countries is the ability to bake the cake themselves,” board Chairman Douglas Gordon told The Gleaner. “Purely from what it means in economic terms to these countries, we believe there should be more synergistic relationships because this is a way for us to generate wealth and a much better socio-economic framework for our populations.”

The company is actively pursuing deals in Europe and the continent of Africa, an accomplishment Gordon would savour.

“As Caribbean nationals, it would be a real source of pride for us to become a dominant name in the continent of Africa,” he said. “Europe is a huge market and would also be an awesome accomplishment.”