Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville, yesterday, not only toured Bahamian Brewery and Beverage (BBB) new $2 million expansion site, but he was shown the facility and the entire brewing process of the local products.
BBB’s latest project tripled the company’s investment on the island.
“Today marks an exciting one in the history of the Bahamian Brewery which to date, remains a 100 percent Bahamian owned and operated company, as they are now set to invest another $2 million to expand the warehousing capacity of their business here in Grand Bahama,” Dr. Darville said.
He noted that the expansion is yet another sign of the strong investor confidence in both the government’s policies as well as the local economy on Grand Bahama.
“This facility demonstrates to the citizens of Grand Bahama and Bahamians, in general, the quality of this product produced locally. This island is the industrial capital of The Bahamas and it is a clear demonstration, here that under the leadership of Mr. Sands (James), who came up with the concept that the island can produce quality products sold throughout the Caribbean and abroad,” Darville stated.
He congratulated the CEO for his vision and ability to produce, with his 100 percent Bahamian staff, such a quality product.
“Grand Bahama is the industrial capital and the success of BBB illustrates the talent we have, and as such we can attract Bahamian entrepreneurs to come and enjoy the benefits of the Free Trade Zone; and over the last year we have been working on the Investment Incentive Bill to make Freeport more attractive,” Darville added.
BBB’s president and CEO, James ‘Jimmy’ Sands made the official announcement, during a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday (February 6) and then on Thursday (February 9) the Minister for Grand Bahama and the press were given a tour of the brewery.
Sands spoke of the progress made over the 10 years, since BBB introduced Sands beer. “As we enter our 10th year, we have tripled our product. We have added more equipment and constructed a new 35,000 foot warehouse to meet the demand,” Sands explained.
He noted that the company first opened its doors in 2007, with just 14 employees and an initial investment of some $15 million.
“Over the years the staff count has grown to some 120 persons, the investment has tripled and the brewery is making a major economic impact to the island of Grand Bahama.”
Sands said that the company he created has been a success, because of the Bahamians he has employed.
“I am very proud to say this is a 100 percent Bahamian owned and operated company. I am also pleased to say our growth in these trying times, has been due to good management. The staff here have been in the business quite some time – it is not a one man show, it is all 120 of us.”
Sands went on to say, “We produce a first class beer, which has received medals from European judges. Our most recent product the Pink Raddler, made with natural pink grapefruit has also been received extremely well.”
In concluding Sands said, he hopes the younger people in the community will see what they can do in this hard, trying and competitive world, and pursue their dreams.
Published Friday, February 10, 2017