Crafton Holdings, which trades as Convenience Foods Liquid Eggs, is increasing production as it secures new contracts in the hotel and banking sectors.
Since starting deliveries in December 2016, Convenience Foods said it has scored supply contracts from bakery company Tortuga, Jamaica Biscuit Company, the Sandals Resorts group of hotels and Hilton Rose Hall.
It is also in negotiations with retailer PriceSmart Jamaica, and school meal provider Nutrition Products Limited.
Convenience Foods Managing Director Damion Crawford told Gleaner Business that he expects production to increase by 33 percent by Christmas, which is the peak of the baking season.
The factory processes 200 cases of pasteurized eggs weekly. Each case contains four one-gallon bottles of liquid eggs.
To meet its new supply commitments, Convenience Foods has purchased and put into operation its own egg farm in Rosend, St Mary. The farm currently produces 17 crates of shell eggs per day.
“We will be introducing 12,000 layers that are due to start laying soon, which will further increase supply,” said Convenience Foods Operations Manager Camille Atkinson.
Crafton Holdings launched into the liquid eggs business after purchasing the assets of Caribbean Egg Processors Limited, a former joint venture between Caribbean Producers Jamaica and the Jamaica Egg Farmers Association-owned Liquid Eggs Limited. CPJ exited the partnership in 2015.