By Kiana Wilburg
Guyana’s confectionary market is about to witness a serious shake-up. Yesterday Sueria Manufacturing Inc. came into operation.
The complex which was officially launched in grand style at its Eccles Industrial Site location offers to take the taste buds of “candy-crazed” children and even the discerning palates of adults on a tasty adventure.
The business was established by Fank Sanichara and his wife, Teshawna Lall, an insightful businesswoman.
Many of Guyana’s celebrated business tycoons, among them Dr. Yesu Persaud, and Hemraj Kissoon, joined President Donald Ramotar and First Lady, Mrs. Deolatchmee Ramotar, for the opening.
On display of course was the wide assortment of condiments produced by the company. There were Ginger, Ice Drops, Strawberry and Pineapple sweets.
The manufacturing company is also producing packaged peanuts, also available in four flavours—sweet and salty mix, salted, hot and spicy and honey roasted.
The welcome address was delivered by Mr. Tony Yassin, a close associate of the Lall family for over 25 years.
Publisher of the Kaieteur Newspaper, Glenn Lall, traced the development of the company from the time a group of school children toured his newspaper plant.
“I remember walking into Kaieteur News and I saw 81 students who came for a tour. I asked them if it was their first time to Georgetown and they explained to me that before they arrived at Kaieteur News, they made a stop at a local candy factory.
“But then I noticed that they weren’t chewing on anything. They told me that they were not given any sweets.”
“It stayed on my mind. I called the manager of the company, who explained to me that the staff would often seclude some candy and put a box behind the door, then tell the students to take two.
“I said ‘no man this can’t happen.’ I said that even if I lose money I want this candy factory.”
The businessman thanked President Donald Ramotar, who, when he came to power, did not oppose the visit of Indian engineers to help set up the confectionary company.
Sueria Manufacturing is named after Glenn Lall’s granddaughter, Sueria.
Teshawna Lall, Publisher of Guyana Inc., a magazine that features entrepreneurs and highlights the local business climate, is the Managing Director of Sueria Manufacturing Inc. “This is a significant milestone in our lives. Today marks the culmination of an innovative idea which began four years ago.
“My husband and I undertake separate duties to ensure its success. This company will strive to ensure perfection by confection, which is our mission and our motto is, “sweet dreams do come through.”
She said that there has been an influx of foreign products taking over the Guyanese market and the company will be one of the first steps in taking it back.
She said that a number of products will also be produced by the company later on.
President Ramotar in his remarks congratulated the family for their innovative idea and stressed that the family is a perfect example for other young entrepreneurs to follow.
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