PRIDE OF A NATION: What made last weekend’s 65th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon one of the most successful in recent years? Proper execution of a well-crafted plan. President and CEO of Jamaica Broilers, Christopher Levy, has nothing but high praises for the Norman Grant-led Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS). “The parish pavilions were very impressive and the level of organization, cleanliness and attention to detail really demonstrated that people care about what they are doing,” Levy noted in a letter to the Gleaner’s editor. The vastly improved agri-industrial show (coupled with the efforts of the participating farmers) gives hope, Levy says, that agriculture in Jamaica is making a return to the glory days. “The overall setting and general management of the grounds showed a marked improvement over last year. It was apparent that the pride in farming and the desire to be outstanding farmers is returning to Jamaica.”
ISLAND FLAVOUR: According to recent reports, coffee-on-the-go giants Starbucks will soon be establishing operations in Jamaica. Ian Dear, proprietor of Express Catering and one of the partners in the Starbucks Jamaica franchise, says they plan to open at least three Starbucks cafés at the Sangster International Airport, thanks to a joint venture with Caribbean Coffee Traders, which has secured the rights to develop the brand in Jamaica and a few other Caribbean islands. “We have every intention of making Jamaican coffee central to the Starbucks experience in Jamaica, [but] it will be a work in progress because of how [Starbucks] operates,” Dear explains. “Every single bean gets sent back to the roasting facility and then sent back to the [franchise] destination. It is a process, and it’s very controlled, so the quality is consistent everywhere you go.” Starbucks is an internationally renowned enterprise operating over 2500 coffee shows around the world under franchise arrangements.