12 Jan

Local company meeting the demand for value-added products

first_imgWhat started as a healthy lifestyle choice for a diabetic mother of five and her family is now on the cusp of being a thriving business that could generate employment for others.Owner and Manager of King Chezomi Manufacturing Enterprise, Hafeeza SmithHafeeza Smith, 35, of Lot 718 Number One Road, East Berbice Corentyne, is the proud manufacturer of a variety of locally produced organic products such as extra virgin coconut oil, macerated carrot oil, coconut flour, coconut snacks, among others under her company, King Chezomi Manufacturing Enterprise.Smith explained that after being diagnosed as a diabetic and having difficulty finding economically healthy products, she decided to begin experimenting in 2015 with extra virgin coconut oil. The innovator noted, when she began producing the oil it was on a small scale for herself, as well as friends and family.However, after receiving positive feedback, she was encouraged to increase her production. She said her friends would also share with others, and some customers took samples overseas.According to a feature done by Department of Public Information (DPI), Smith managed to perfect the formula in 2017 and heeded President David Granger’s call to become an entrepreneur after her husband suffered an injury and was out of a job for over three months. She began selling to neighbours who helped spread the word and the demand for her extra virgin coconut oil continued to increase.“After my husband’s injury … the money I was making came in useful, then I started to think should something happen to him what could I do because I was just a housewife. I tested the local market but many persons didn’t know much of the extra virgin coconut oil and only buy the regular ones.”The mother of five said she was determined to get others to eat healthily and approached a local printing company to assist in making her product labels more appealing. Smith said she then targeted the markets outside her region and overseas.A variety of the oils produced by Smith’s company King Chezomi Manufacturing EnterpriseRealising that people were craving healthy food, Smith decided to invest in mills and other equipment to produce on a larger scale while ensuring she maintained a high standard of consistency by working in hygienic conditions.Smith also attended a one-week workshop on adding value to agro-processing, hosted by the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA). She now has plans to further enhance her already special extra virgin coconut oil by adding flavours and other unique ingredients to make it more appealing.Having gained the trust of her loyal customers and heeding their call to introduce more products, the enterprising innovator has moved on to producing coconut flour that can be used for everyday cooking and baking. The flour, she remarked, “is high in fibre and gluten-free, very healthy for persons who have gluten allergies, persons suffering from diabetes and hypertension.”Smith has set her sights on producing breadfruit flour, breadfruit chips, tomato powder and powered pepper among many other products in the near future.“My whole plan is to do healthy products which Guyanese can afford. There is no reason for us to use things that have ingredients in them that we can’t pronounce or things people say are good for us and we end up spending a lot of money but have no benefits.”Having grown up humbly and understanding the struggles of a housewife and working with a small budget for her five children aged two and a half to 15, she has decided to market her products at affordable prices to encourage customers to practice a healthier lifestyle.She is appealing to Guyanese, especially Berbicians, to get off the “import bandwagon.”“We have many locally produced items that are organic and healthier but many have this mindset that because it is a local item it is not good. We have to move away from that and invest in proper packaging and better conditions for maintaining excellent quality. The same items we refuse are being sold elsewhere for a lot of money,” Smith said.Smith’s ultimate goal is to expand her business and see her products lining the shelves of local supermarkets and stores countrywide.last_img read more

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30 Dec

A team of 11 players with 12 Champions League medals Ed Woodward’s failed to sign!

first_imgPedro signs for Chelsea, Otamendi heads to Manchester City.In just one week Manchester United have been beaten to the signings of two long term targets by their biggest title rivals.Fans are frustrated with what is supposedly chief executive Ed Woodward’s failure to secure a number of top targets during his two years in charge.talkSPORT has put together a top class XI featuring players strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford during Woodward’s period as chief executive, that have signed deals elsewhere. 9. Pedro (attack) – snatched from beneath United’s noses. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Few players can boast a CV quite as impressive as Pedro’s. The classy Spaniard was courted for most of the summer with Woodward heading out to Barcelona to seal a deal only to see Chelsea gazump them yet again. 12 6. Cesc Fabregas (midfield) – charmed by Mourinho. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – In another problem position for United, many saw Fabregas as the heir apparent to Paul Scholes. Restless at Barcelona, a move seemed on the cards until Chelsea swanned in and snatched the midfield schemer. Trophy laden transfer targets – Between them this team has won the Champions League 12 times, four World Cups, five European Championships and one League One title. 7. Toni Kroos (midfield) – chose trophies over Old Trafford. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Having just won the World Cup with Germany and seemingly keen to leave Bayern Munich for a new challenge, Kroos would have been a quality addition to bolster United’s flimsy midfield. Kroos was available but he chose Real Madrid instead. 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) A proven Premier League goalkeeper available on the cheap? While Man United dithered, Chelsea snapped him up! Click the arrow above, right to see other players Man United could have signed – United went into the summer transfer window in clear need of a top notch keeper with David De Gea’s heart set on a move to Real Madrid and the cracks in Victor Valdes’ relationship with Louis Van Gaal already starting to show. Begovic became available but Chelsea snuck in first and bagged the Bosnian for a cut-price £8million. Instead, they signed Sergio Romero, who was a back up ‘keeper at Sampdoria. 12 12 11. Gareth Bale (attack) – continues to evade United. Click the arrow above, right to see how much silverware this group of players has won – Missed out on top target Bale in Moyes’ first summer and have been linked with the mercurial Welshman ever since. United’s big spending in recent years makes a mockery of the idea they couldn’t afford the world’s most expensive player when he went to Real Madrid in 2013. 5. Leighton Baines (left back) – turned down chance to be reunited with Moyes. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – David Moyes’ doomed tenure started with a disastrous summer spent courting his former charges at Everton. Having complained for years about the big clubs stealing his star players at Goodison Park, Moyes promptly tried, and failed, to lure Baines to Manchester, during his time in charge. 12 2. Dani Alves (right back) – bombastic right back snubbed Old Trafford deal. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Neither Rafael or Antonio Valencia looked like the long-term solution at right back and the flamboyant Brazilian was nearing the end of his contract at Barcelona. It seemed like the perfect marriage when Alves courted United; either that or just a clever ploy from Alves to get a new contract at Barca. Still, Darmian has looked tasty since signing, so perhaps not signing Alves is a blessing. 12 12 12 8. Thiago Alcantara (midfield) – preferred move to Germany. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Son of a World Cup winner, schooled at Barcelona’s La Masia academy and available having found chances at Barca hard to come by. Turned down Moyes to go to Bayern Munich where he has won four trophies in two injury-struck seasons. 12 12 10. Roberto Firmino (attack) – snubbed Red Devils for fierce rivals. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – A player who would have provided a creative spark and goals to a team that badly needs both, missing out on the Brazilian international will be doubly painful for the Old Trafford faithful due to him choosing rivals Liverpool. 12 12 4. Sergio Ramos (centre back) – Spaniard stayed in Madrid. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – One of the finest, and dirtiest, defenders in the world game, Ramos would have walked into the Red Devils first team. Took a leaf out of Alves’ book, however, and signed new terms in Spain instead. 3. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) – will Van Gaal rue missing out to rivals? Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left Old Trafford there has been a clear need for quality reinforcements at the back. The bruising Otamendi has long been linked with a move to Manchester and has finally got his wish; only to the blue half of the city. 12last_img read more

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