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26th May
2014
- ECGC Baking Competition 2014 Results
 
The ECGC National Baking Competition took place on Friday May 23rd at the Methodist Church Hall.
The overall winner of the Competition went to first time participant, Ms. Jessica Bess a Caterer from Green Hill. Her entries were Breadfruit and Salt-fish Bread and Tamarind Coconut Basket Cake.

Second place went to Ronnie Browne a local Chef from Jacaranda Villa in Mustique and third place was captured by Janine John of Camo’s Local Cuisine.

In the student category best student went to Tavern Laidlow from the Bequia Community High School.

ECGC also awarded best category prizes to four participants.

Best in Bread went to Jessica Bess - Breadfruit and Salt-fish Bread
Best in Cakes went to Sabrina Marks Dasent - Exotic Chocolate Glitter Cake
Best in Pastry went to Tavern Laidlow - Plum Cheese Cake
Best in Specialty flour went to Janine John - Cass-Pumpkin Multi Cookie

The Baking Competition is slated to be an annual event in ECGC’s calendar as the company continues its commitment to the development of the Culinary Arts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Overall Winner - Jessica Bess'

 Tamarind Coconut Basket Cake

Ronnie Browne - Second Place winner

Ronnie Browne's Cake Entry

Best In Cakes

Best in Specialty Flour

 


9th April 2014 - ECGC National Baking Competition 2014

 

EAST CARIBBEAN FLOUR MILLS announces the NATIONAL BAKING  COMPETITION 2014.

The company will hold a Competition among Bakers and Chefs, who  operate within Bakeries, Hotels, Restaurants and Catering Establishments.

Entries should be original recipes in the following categories: Breads, Cakes, and Pastries

Specialty Flour: Rye, Multigrain, Herb & Garlic, Pumpernickel

The Competition will be held on FRIDAY May 23rd, at the Methodist  Church Hall in Kingstown.

Deadline for Registration: May 19th, 2014

Click here to download Registration Form.

 

 

Registration Form

 

 

 
 

 

17th March 2014 - ECGC Acquires Bottlers (St. Vincent) Ltd.
 

The East Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the business assets of Bottlers (St. Vincent) Limited, in Receivership, a manufacturer and distributor of aerated beverages and mineral water located at Campden Park, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The official signing of documents took place on March 11, 2014 at the legal chambers of Grahame Bollers Esq. Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Mr. David Holukoff of Grant Thornton, (British Virgin Islands) Limited, Receiver of the Assets Property and Undertaking for Bottlers (St. Vincent) ltd. The documents were signed in the presence of Mr. Grahame Bollers and representatives of ECGC, namely Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Mrs. Audrey Defreitas; Director, Ms. Sylvia Sutherland; Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Osmond Davy; Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Elvis DeRiggs and Lawyer, Mr. Douglas Williams.

The acquisition by ECGC includes the rights to the Ju-C, Village Ram, Clear (bottle water) and Sipz trademarks, and ownership of the manufacturing and distribution operations in Campden Park Industrial Estate.

The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Osmond Davy, expressed that it is a strategic acquisition which would provide the opportunity for ECGC to offer its customers another range of high-quality, affordable products, re-establish national pride in the Ju-C brand while providing employment and also aid in long-term national development.

 
 

Left to Right: Mr. David Holukoff, Mr. Douglas Williams, Mr. Osmond Davy, Ms. Sylvia Sutherland,
Mrs. Audrey Defreitas and Mr. Elvis DeRiggs

 


17
th January 2014
- ECGC Supplier (TESS) donates to 2014 Christmas Flood Relief Efforts
 

On Friday January 17th 2014, CEO of ECCG Mr. Osmond Davy formally presented a cheque to the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Association. The cheque was presented on behalf of ECGC supplier, Trinidad Energy Supplies and Services Ltd. (TESS).

In the aftermath of the disaster, several of our suppliers called and e-mailed to express their concerns and enquire about the situation in St. Vincent & Grenadines. ECGC Operations Manager Paul Velox kept our suppliers updated on the disaster and relief efforts via photos, web-links, videos,etc.

Shortly after receipt of our e-mail updates, Managing Director of TESS Mr. Yassein Mohammed contacted Mr. Velox and requested that he arrange for the contribution of 50% of outstanding (TESS) Invoices to the disaster relief efforts.

On behalf of all Vincentians, the Management and staff of ECGC wish to thank and commend
Mr. Mohammed for his humanitarianism and extreme generosity.

 

Left to Right: Paul Velox- Operations Manager ECGC, Bernard Morgan- President SVG Red Cross Assn. Osmond Davy-CEO ECGC, Glender Francois-Marketing Officer ECGC

 

 

13th January 2014 - ECGC Cares - Christmas Rains of 2013
 

The torrential rains of Christmas Eve 2013 brought much sadness to the lives of many Vincentians as they suffered the loss of lives, extensive infrastructural and property damage as well as the daily basic conveniences of living. Many members of our business community rose to the cause in an unprecedented display of social responsibility and poured resources into all affected communities. The East Caribbean Group of Companies, (ECGC), is one of many companies that came to the assistance of fellow Vincentians.

The management and staff of ECGC personally delivered over sixty thousand gallons of drinking water as well as up to 500 bales of packaged flour and over 50 cases of canned food items. In addition, C.K. Greaves & Co. along with Allan Smith bakeries partnered with ECGC to produce and deliver in excess of 1,600 bags of “penny” bread to the length and breadth of the island for several days. The communities who were recipients of water and the food packages from ECGC were: Chateaubelair, Rose Hall, Troumaca, Coulls Hill, Spring Village, Gordon Yard, Walliabou, Keartons, Barrouallie, Campden Park, Clare Valley, Vermont, Lowmans, Georgetown, Spring & O’Briens Village, South Rivers, Mannings, Fancy and Magum. The main focus of the effort was that of ensuring benefits and some relief to persons who were unable to be placed in shelters.

The Management and staff of ECGC continues to encourage the affected families and communities to exercise strength and resilience in the face of these trying circumstances as we all as a unified nation rally to keep up the hope that there is a brighter dawn ahead.

 

Supplying fresh water from a truck

 

 

 

2nd January 2014 - Errol Gaymes Retires from East Caribbean Flour Mills

 

ECGC said goodbye to a long standing faithful employee on January 2nd 2014. Mr. Errol Gaymes also known as “Uncle Errol” served the company for thirty four (34) years and has now gone into retirement. Errol was a Senior Checker at the Flour Mill, and was known for his attention to detail and accuracy. His dependable nature and dedication to his job would often cause him to be on the ECGC compound from as early as 5:30am to end his day well into 6:00pm. He was often the first to arrive and the last to leave.

The Management and staff of ECGC extend sincere thanks to Errol and wish him good health and prosperity in the years ahead.

Pictures depict scenes from the Company “send off party” held in honor of Errol Gaymes on Friday January 10th 2014.

Elvis De Riggs, The COO, makes the Company's presentation          Franklyn Tash presents his personal gift
 


18th December 2013 - ECGC Kiddy's Christmas Party 2013
 

The East Caribbean Group of Companies invited Old Saint Nicholas to the company’s compound at Campden Park, on December 18th, in honor of over 150 children, grandchildren and friends of former and present staff members, who were considered “nice” throughout the year. Santa found no names on the “naughty list” and so distributed gifts and treats to all the kids. Other activities were face painting and the ever so exciting bouncing castle. A Christmas to remember indeed!!!
 

Santa brings Christmas cheer

 

Children enjoying the bouncing castle
   


4th September 2013 - Bethel High School Awards
 

ECGC, represented by Glender Francois - Marketing Officer, presented awards to Bethel High School students, of forms 1 to 4, for their excellent performance during the school year 2012 to 2013. 

The company congratulates them and wishes them continued success.

 

Glender Francois (centre) presents the Awards


24th July 2013 - Bakers Training in Jamaica
 

ECGC, in collaboration with US Wheat Associates, organized and facilitated a Baking Seminar  from July 24th - 27th, 2013 at UTEC’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Jamaica.  Eleven bakers from the islands of Antigua, Dominica, Grenada,   Nevis, St. Kitts,   St. Lucia,  and St. Vincent & the Grenadines participated.  The training involved theory as well as hands on baking practice,  covering important areas such as: 

mixing dough
the function of ingredients
the types of dough processes

 mix variations
variety of bread

sweet dough
laminated dough


The Bakers expressed sincere gratitude to  US Wheat Associates as well as ECGC for contributing to their professional development as the skills and knowledge gained will be passed on to their customers in all the islands served by ECGC.
 

Facilitators and Bakers from the Islands
 

Baking is Truly Fun!

Hands on Training



2nd July 201
3
- Bethel High School Graduation 2013
 

As part of its commitment to the advancement of education, ECGC, represented by Dr. Tahomma Richards (Technical Sales and Services Officer/Feeds), presented an award to Rhonique Glasgow for being the best 5th Form Student of Bethel High School, at the 2013 Graduation Ceremony.

 

Dr. Tahomma Richards (left) and Rhonique Glasgow


24th June 201
3
- ECGC Scholarship Awards 2013
 

ECGC awarded Scholarships to the children of two members of staff for their success at the 2013 Common Entrance Exams.The awards went to Roshano Huggins who is the son of  Bethina Huggins and to Jeffeisha Pompey, the daughter of Jeffery Pompey.

The company congratulates them and wishes them success in their tenure at the respective Secondary Schools.

 

Left to Right: Bethina Huggins, Roshano Huggins, Jeffeisha Pompey, Jeffrey Pompey



24th May 2013 - ECGC National Baking Competition 2013


The winner of the 2013 ECGC National Baking Competition is Ms. Zoe Millington of Zoe’s Catering with her entries Death by Chocolate and Tropical Medleys Tastees. There was a tie for second place between Janine John of Camos Cuisine and Cheryl Craigg of Tetto Rosso House in Mustique.

ECGC also awarded best category prizes to participants as follows:
Best in Bread went to Janine John of Camos Cuisine with her entry Carrowheat Flat Bread.
Best in Cake went to Zoe Millington with her entry Death by Chocolate.
Best in Pastry went to Zoe Millington with her entry Tropical Medleys Tastees.
Best in Specialty Flour went to Cheryl Craigg with her entry Ripe Breadfruit Cake.

There was a total of 29 participants in this year's competition, each having to prepare two baked items.
 

Mr. Martin LaBorde - Marketing Manager ECGC - presenting 1st Prize to Zoe Millington

Death By Chocolate Tropical Medleys Tastees


 

Judges: F. Sterling, A. Medjahed & M.Guy

The Participants


 

The Hon. Saboto Caesar - Minister of Agriculture, Industry, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation - presenting 2nd Prize to Janine John and Cheryl Craigg

Ripe Breadfruit Cake

Carrowheat Flat Bread


 
 

Students from Bethel High School provided entertainment at the Baking Competition

 



9th April 2013 - East Caribbean Feeds Seminar
 

In an effort to strengthen knowledge and build capacity in the livestock sector of the markets we serve, East Caribbean Feeds embarked on Feed Seminars in three islands during the month of April 2013.

The Seminars were conducted by Dr. George Wesoloski who is the president of Caribbean Feed Consultant, a firm which provides animal nutrition services and feed formulation to feed manufacturers in the Caribbean.

ECGC was represented by Mr. Martin LaBorde,  Marketing Manager and Dr. Tahoma Richards,  Technical Sales and Services Officer - Feeds.


The Seminars took place in Dominica, Barbados and St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
 

 

Dr. Wesoloski (right) at Stevenson Ifill's farm, Barbados



15th July 2012
- East Caribbean Feeds: New Staff
 

Dr. Tahomma Richards is a graduate of the University Agaria de Habana (UNAH), Havana Cuba, where she received her doctorate in Animal Health and Zoo techniques. She worked with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land, Fisheries, Rural transformation and Industry, serving as a Frontline Animal Health Officer from 2009 to 2010, then as an assistant Poultry commodity Officer 2011 to 2012 on the leeward side of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

ECGC takes pleasure in welcoming Dr. Richards to the post of Technical Sales and Services Officer / Feeds. Her assignment will serve to strengthen the support the company is committed to providing to farmers in our markets.


 

14th May 2012 - ECGC National Baking Competition 2012

The overall winner of the 2012 ECGC National Baking Competition held on to Ms. Janine John of Camo’s Local Cuisine, with her entry Rum Punch Mango Cheesecake.

The just concluded competition on Friday May 11th at the Kingstown Methodist Church Hall saw four persons emerging winners in the various categories breads, cakes, pastries and specialty flour.

Best in the Bread category, went to Jaima King of Basil’s Bar with the entry Pumpkin Coconut Coffee Muffin.

Best in Pastry went to Ricardo Gordon of Rem’s Bakery with his entry Damsel Pie.

Best in Specialty Flour went to Vanessa Francis-Lewis of Macaroni Beach House in Mustique with her entry Pumpernickle Carmalized Onion Zucchini Bread.

Best in the Cake category went to Janine John with her entry Rum Punch Mango Cheesecake.

Each participant had to prepare two items. The Baking Competition is slated to be an annual event in ECGC’s calendar as the company continues to contribute to the Culinary Arts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

    

  

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1st July 2011
- ECGC sponsors Annual Mustique Island Bread Making Training

ECGC was among the sponsors of the Annual Mustique Island Advanced Bread Making Training from June   20th TO 22nd.  The training focused on the use of  CariGold Speciality flour, which included Multigrain, Herb and Garlic, Rye and Pumpernickle.

Mr. Ali Medjahed of the Sweetie Pie Bakery in Mustique was the Facilitator  and the event took place in Mustique.


 

1st June 2011 - ECGC National Baking Competition 2011

Three Vincentians involved in the Culinary Arts emerged winners at the ECGC National Baking Competition on May 31st 2011.   The ECGC National Baking Competition is slated to be an annual event in ECGC’s agenda for St. Vincent & the Grenadine, as the company seeks to raise the profile of the baking industry.

1st Place:  Cheryl Craigg  of Tetto Rosso House- The Mustique Company,   with the entries – Cheryl’s Unique Sweet Bread and Callaloo Patties

2nd place Janelle John of Camo’s  Local Cuisine with the entries – Cho-Conut Passion Delight and Sweet Plantain Chocolate Bread

3rd place Deloris John of Double Dee Catering with the entries – Semolina Cheesecake with Marmalado Topping and Chocolate Mint Cake

(Pictured from left right Janelle John, Cheryl Craigg, Delores John)




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3rd May 2011 - ECGC New Staff Member

ECGC would like to introduce Ms. Ishea Neverson, our new Senior Accountant. Directors, Managers and Staff welcome Ms. Neverson to the family of ECGC.

 

19th April 2011 - Performance Appraisal Training Workshop

The East Caribbean Group of Companies conducted a two day Performance Appraisal Training Workshop on April 19th to 20th, 2011.  The Facilitator was Ms. Mineva  Glasgow, Deputy Director of the N.I.S.

 

18th April 2011 - ECGC attends Nevis' Department of Agriculture Annual Open Day

The Department of Agriculture of the Nevis Island Administration, held its annual Open Day  on March 24th and 25th 2011,  under the theme “ Diversity to Satisfy”.  The East Caribbean Feeds donated Pig Grower, Layer Ration and Rabbit Ration to be distributed to various livestock farmers for their sterling contribution to the field of Agriculture over the years.

Attending on behalf of ECGC were Mr. Martin LaBorde (right)- Marketing Manager and  Mr.Brionne Campbell (left), Senior Miller , Feeds.

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14th April 2011 - ECGC Sponsors Historical Grenadines Secondary Track & Field Meet

Arch rivals Bishop’s College and the Hillsborough Secondary School of Union Island and Carriacou competed in Union Island on Friday March 18th for first place in the Historical Grenadines Secondary School Track and Field Meet.

For the first time in history the Union Island Secondary School participated as part of St. Vincent & the Grenadines in this unprecedented sports meet.

ECGC’s Carib Pearl Rice, provided sponsorship for the RCP Network International live broadcast of the event from the Mini Stadium in Lauristan.

The meet expected to be witnessed by several Government officials including, SVG Minister of Sports Mr. Fredrick Stephenson; Parliamentary Representative for the Southern Grenadines, Mr. Terrance Ollivierre; the Director of Sports SVG Mr. Nelson Hillocks and his Deputy Mr. Woodrow Williams and Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Sen. George Prime.


 



29th March 2011
- ECGC 2011 Home Economics Competition

 

The St. Vincent Grammar School emerged as winner of the 2011 ECGC Home Economics Competition for the second consecutive year.  Shane Burgin (left) cropped the title with his Ginger Pumpkin Bread and Raisin Bread. He also won “Best Male Entrant” as well as “Best Flour Dish.”  Second place went to Daniella Ballantyne (center) of the St. Clair Dacon Secondary School and third place went to Teresa Hazel (right) of the Thomas Saunders Secondary School.

Best Rice Dish went to Kanille Brudy of the St. Martin’s Secondary School.

Best Specialty Flour item, went to Daniella Ballantyne – St. Clair Dacon Secondary and Kanille Brudy of the St. Martin’s Secondary School. The Awards ceremony was held on March 22nd, at the Peace Memorial Hall.

 

 

 
   

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