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Scores of government and private sector officials, members of the diplomatic corps and other guests descended onto the East Lawns of Devon House on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, for the official opening of the Things Jamaican Specialty Food Store at Devon House in Kingston. It was an occasion which also marked the celebration of Things Jamaican’s 55th Anniversary and the presentation of a citation honouring former Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Most Honourable Edward Seaga for having established the entity in 1963. The highlight of the event was the official ribbon cutting ceremony involving government officials.


BDC CEO, Valerie Veira (left) and Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries the Hon. Audley Shaw presents Former Prime Minister of Jamaica and conceptualizer of the Things Jamaican Brand, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga with a citation


In keeping with the new gastronomy focus of the historic Devon House, Things Jamaican has once again reinvented itself by transforming this location into the country’s first authentic Jamaican specialty food store feature the following design elements: rustic yet contemporary feel, elements of old Jamaica and bold imagery. The store is anchored by its Things Jamaican’s own brand, Jamaica Harvest. The delectable ‘Jamaica Harvest’ product line includes a variety of flours made from breadfruit, pumpkin, plantain, sweet potato, banana and cassava, as well as granola cereals and bars made from yam and sweet potato, dried fruit treats such as pineapple, papaya, coconut, mango and naseberry; pepper jelly; jams made from sorrel, guava and passion fruit; teas made from sorrel, rosemary, basil lemon grass and mint; and powdered spices made from rosemary, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper and escallion – all grown and processed by Jamaican entrepreneurs.



Jamaica Harvest creates a consciousness that motivates its customers to buy the product not merely because it is another Jamaican product but because it is a Jamaican product that fits into the lifestyle of its’ customers and represents moments of nostalgia and also moments of expectancy. Target segment includes but is not limited to: 
➢ Nationals 
➢ Jamaican / Caribbean Diaspora 
➢ Visitors to Jamaica 
➢ Expatriate community 
➢ Other – new and emerging


The Rhumbakah Mento Band from Charlemont High School




The store also carries a range of other local gourmet, home and art brands, many of which were developed under the guidance of the JBDC’s guidance ‘From Concept to Market’.

Guests were treated to entertainment by modern day mento band, Rhumbakah from Charlemont High School and delectable delights featuring Jamaica Harvest products, a signature 55th Anniversary drink developed by mixologist Wynton Hudson of Bar Code, as well as gift items from Things Jamaican.


Manager and Assistant Manager of the Marketing Services Unit in charge of Things Jamaican, Janine Taylor (left) and Vivette McFarlane (right).


Published: 27 August, 2018
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For the second consecutive year, hundreds of Denbigh patrons joined the queue to spin the wheel for a chance to enter the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries VIP OASIS presented by JBDC at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show held on August 4 – 6, 2018. The highlight of each day featured official tours by the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Honourable Audley Shaw, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Mr. Norman Grant and President-elect Mr. Lenworth Fullerton, along with their respective delegations.


(L-R) Sen. Norman Grant outgoing President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and Min. of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw take a sip of iced tea while JBDC Corporate Communications Manager, Suzette Campbell and other guests look on.


Strategically placed at ringside, the VIP Oasis showcased innovative value-added products utilising local agricultural resources to tantalise the senses within the context of cultural cuisine and wellness. Patrons experienced the taste, smell, sight and touch of the inputs of the vibrant agricultural sector – the life-blood of the country. In keeping with the Ministry’s focus, the booth highlighted crops such as Sweet Potato, Irish Potato, Cacao, Strawberry, Pineapple and Mango.

The booth featured a Kitchen Café with samples of Jamaica Harvest products, a Cocktail Lounge where mixology meets agriculture, a Spa experience inclusive of massages with local oils, the Things Jamaican™ pop-up store, and a Business Lounge which hosted presentations on Organic Farming, Youth in Agriculture, Revving up the Mango Industry, Wellness & Fitness under the theme ‘Grow what we eat, Eat what we grow’.


Prime Minister. The Most Honourable Andrew Holness interacts with Winton Hudson of Bar Code.



(L-R) Outgoing JAS President, Norman Grant, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, incoming JAS President, Lenworth Fullerton and JBDC Corporate Communications Manager, Suzette Campbell pose with a copy of the True Stories Volume 2 magazine.



Deputy CEO of the JBDC, Mr. Harold Davis says the VIP OASIS is a testament to the linkages between agriculture and manufacturing. “We take seriously our mandate to build the MSMSE sector by consistently bridging the various gaps in business development. Agriculture is big business and we want our farmers to recognize that and cease the many opportunities which exist in areas like manufacturing and tourism. Our own Jamaica Harvest brand consists of a variety of flours made from breadfruit, pumpkin, plantain, sweet potato, banana and cassava, granola cereals and bars made from yam and sweet potato, as well as spices – all grown and processed by Jamaican entrepreneurs, now on the Things Jamaican™ shelves.”


(2nd left) JBDC Deputy CEO, Harold Davis., J.P. and (right) JBDC Board Member, Colin Virgo entertain guests inside the VIP OASIS.

JBDC extends heartfelt gratitude to its partners: Creative Media & Events, National Solid Waste Management Authority, Clear Sounds, Bamboo Jamaica, Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Bar Code, Portland Authentic Jerk, A Taste of the Caribbean, Sammi’s Gourmet Delight, Mount Pleasant Farms, EG Wellness, Journey’s End, Jeffrey Town Farmers Association, PROPEL, Irie Vibes Enterprise, Nu-Body Solutions and O’Shane Bryant Fitness.







Published: 09 August, 2018
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The second phase of the JBDC's Mobile Business Clinic ended recently with a three-day tour of Eastern Jamaica.

This captured the parishes of St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas.

Approximately 68 entrepreneurs benefited from the expert business development advice and training provided by JBDC and its partners during the respective six-hour sessions.

Among the topics covered were 'Business as easy as 1-2-3', Basic Money Matters and Navigating the Digital Space.

Participants were also inspired by an Entrepreneur from each parish who was featured in the Entrepreneur's Journey. The Entrepreneur's Journey highlights some of the challenges and pitfalls of the specific entrepreneur on his or her journey to success and recognition. It takes the format of a discussion and interview in which valuable insights are presented to those in attendance. Below are some pictorial highlights from each parish:


St. Thomas 




St. Mary


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