JP honours banana vendors
Jamaica Producers (JP) St Mary's recently held its first of what is to become an annual awards function to honour the achievements of its ripe banana vendors.
Held at the company's head office on Retirement Road in Cross Roads, the function saw three vendors receiving top honours.
Jeffrey Hall, group CEO of the Jamaica Producer's Group, explained the objective of rewarding the vendors.
"We said to our team this year that we need to show more love to our vendors. They, too, are part of our team, and we're with them, and they're with us. We wanted to show them respect for what they do for JP," said Hall.
He continued: "We wanted to recognise them for what they've done for our business and what they do for consumers. It's really about respect and love."
Portmore-based vendor Bill Maxwell, who turned his small banana business into a business empire by providing employment opportunities for a number of persons, was named Vendor of the Year.
Lester Brown, a vendor who sells at the stop light located at the intersection of Half-Way Tree Road and Oxford Road, won the award for Most Improved Vendor.
Simone Hibbert, who is seen as early as 5 a.m. daily, selling bananas by the stop light at Cooreville Gardens in Kingston 20, was awarded the Most Consistent Vendor.