At Tropical Sun, we are extremely proud of our Caribbean connection.
We have been producing products in Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and other Caribbean countries as far back as the early 90s, when we began importing a few specialist ingredients and daily essentials for the UK’s thriving ethnic communities, in particular our brothers and sisters from The Caribbean. As word spread within these communities, we began receiving more requests for specific items from home: spices, oils, drinks and snacks that helped people stay connected to their cultures. The food helped to bring people together – and this made us very happy!
What are the origins of Tropical Sun?
Having started as a Caribbean food specialist, we’ve since expanded our offering to include foods from many sunshine countries such as Thailand, USA and Peru. We are a UK company and our staff come from many backgrounds including the Caribbean, Africa, India, Nigeria, Turkey, Vietnam and, of course: the UK.
What does Tropical Sun do to support Caribbean communities?
Over the past two decades spent producing high quality foods at affordable prices, we have created thousands of jobs across the Caribbean, particularly in and around our HACCP approved, ISO 14001 certified factory in Central Village, Jamaica. The factory plays an active role in supporting and developing the local community, employing over 200 locals as part of the Tropical Sun Family.
As part of our 21st birthday celebrations, we committed a total of £21,000 to support Jamaican community projects in 2017: a thousand pounds for every year of trade. The majority of this investment went towards extensive renovations to two Central Village schools attended by the children of our factory team.
White Marl Primary School, which houses 1,300 pupils aged 4-10, was fitted out with cupboards in the guidance council department and a security guard post with toilet facilities.
Jose Marti Technical High School, which offers valuable vocational training including auto mechanics, information technology and drafting benefited from extensive refurbishments to the lecture theatre, junior staff room and junior school classroom, including fixing holes in the roof, reupholstering 180 chairs and installing partitions to block open space atop classroom dividing walls.
We've recently confirmed a partnership with Adopt a Clinic to fund some much needed upgrades to health clinics across Jamaica. We hope to announce which clinic we'll be adopting in the next couple of weeks.
In 2013, in partnership with the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), we launched an on-pack campaign to help drive blood, stem cell and organ donations from African, Caribbean and Asian communities. Information stickers were stuck to the lids of our Coconut Peanuts, not only directly encouraging donations, but also wider conversations about health and the need for communities to build a culture of blood, bone marrow and organ donation.
Traditionally, we’ve been inclined to keep our community and charity work fairly low-key; viewing it as a private social enterprise, but in response to inquiries from our customers, we will publish details of all of our community work, Caribbean or otherwise, on our Tropical Sun In the Community blog.
If you are keen to get involved in any of our projects, or if you’d like to put forward ideas, feedback or questions, we’d love to hear from you - please do get in touch via our contact page.
The Tropical Sun Family