SOURCE: The Pickapeppa Co Ltd. press release (edited)
Manufacturer of premium quality sauces, The Pickapeppa Co Ltd., announced its achievement of the prestigious Global Food Safety Initiative Certificate (GFSI), Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) at their factory at Shooters Hill, Manchester, Jamaica. This recognition places the Jamaican family owned brand among over 17000 companies world-wide that have so far achieved this certification, and positions the company to continue to expand its growth in the highly competitive export market.
CEO, Stephen Lyn Kee Chow commented, “Our overseas distributors told us that without a GFSI, that our markets simply could not develop, in fact they warned of quite the reverse. Every memberof the Pickapeppa team rose to the challenge without hesitation and we are extremely proud of their achievement. We have invested significantly in the infrastructure of our factory, made major improvements to our processes and expanded them into all areas of the business.”
The Pickapeppa Company Limited had a humble beginning in the kitchen of Norman Nash who started the process as a hobby in 1921. Twenty-four years later the rights and business, including the iconic parrot logo, were sold to Joseph Lyn Kee Chow, father of the present owners, with operations at Shooters Hill, Manchester, where the Company still stands.
Pickapeppa company is 100 percent Jamaican owned by brothers Joseph, Stephen, and Michael Lyn Kee Chow. Stephen is the CEO and responsible for the day to day operations of the company. The Pickapeppa Company employs more than forty persons from the local communities. Several of them have been with the company for their entire working life.
The process of crafting the flagship Pickapeppa Sauce is a timely and meticulous operation. The exact details of the formula, which is kept securely in a bank vault, are a secret known only to the family members, passed down from generation to generation. This sauce, like a fine wine, is aged in oak casks to achieve its unique flavor and aromas.
The Pickapeppa product range includes:
Pickapeppa Original Sauce
Spicy Mango Sauce
Hot Mango Sauce
Gingery Mango Sauce
Hot Pepper Sauce
More than 95 percent of Pickapeppa products are exported. Pickapeppa products can be found in all major supermarkets in USA, also in Canada, United Kingdom, Cayman Islands, New Zealand and are in leading gourmet stores in many other countries, as well as at home in Jamaica.