Guyanese-owned Baron Foods sweeps regional business awards
A well-known hot sauce business, owned by Guyanese Ronald Ramjattan, has swept four prestigious regional awards for its products.
St. Lucia-based Baron Foods and its owner, Ramjattan, 59, according to a release from the Caribbean Business Awards, was able to walk away with the 2012 awards including in categories of “Small to Medium Business of the Year”, “Innovation”, “Manufacturing
Excellence Award 2012” and “Caribbean Entrepreneur of the Year 2012”.
According to the statement, Baron Foods (St. Lucia) Limited represents a dynamic and reputable manufacturing company with a certified product range, which includes exotic and gourmet sauces, condiments, spices, essences, dressings and drink cocktails. Baron Hot Sauce is a popular fixture on many tables at homes and at restaurants in the region. It is making a name for itself too in North America and other areas.
Established in St. Lucia for more than 20 years, Baron Foods came with a vision of providing quality products and service to their customers.
“The most important factor however that has made Baron Foods (St. Lucia) Ltd one of the most reputable agro–processors in the Caribbean, is their consistent quality program. In 2005 the company gained the ISO 22000:2005 standard and in 2011 the FSSC 22000:2010 standard. Baron Foods (St. Lucia) Ltd is the first and only organization in the Caribbean that has achieved this prestigious standard, joining the likes of the global food giants such as Nestle and Heinz.”
The Award was given for the company’s determination to attain an international standards qualification that enables them to compete on an equal quality platform next to global competitors.
Ramjattan is a cousin of Khemraj Ramjattan, Leader of the Alliance For Change.
A chemist by profession, Ronald Ramjattan founded the company in November 1991, producing 12 products. Today, the company produces 120-plus products (sauces, spices, condiments, flavours and exotic fruit beverages) all of which are internationally acclaimed. Baron Foods Ltd. has a satellite plant in Grenada and a third facility is slated for Trinidad this year.
Ramjattan was awarded the St. Lucia Chamber’s Business Person of the Year Award 1999 and the coveted Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” 1999 Award, while Baron Foods Ltd. has won prestigious awards both regionally and internationally “including Hot & Spicy Contest, Fiery Food Challenge and Scovie Awards”.