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Leading Caribbean Food Producer Launches Special
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From left to right: Derrick Reckord, General Manager, Grace Foods International;
Dr. the Honorable Wykeham McNeill, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment; The Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica; Andrew Collins, Marketing Manager, Grace Foods International; Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania; and Shelton Rose, Market Manager, Northern USA

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Grace Foods, the Caribbean’s premier food producer and distributor created a huge buzz at the recently held staging of the Annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania.  With a strong brand presence inside the stadium as well as throughout the Carnival Village, Grace Foods demonstrated its off-track leadership and dominance. A number of senior executives were on hand to witness the three-day event and participate in the festivities.

Persons attending the weekend relay carnival visited the Grace booth where they sampled a variety of products including the popular coconut water as well as the special edition Tropical Rhythm flavors. Patrons were also treated to a number of items from the Grace product line of new soups and chips.  

Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, Grace’s official brand ambassador, was on hand at the booth signing autographs and taking pictures with track and field fans throughout the meet.    

“Grace is pleased to continue its support for such an event which has served as fertile ground for a number of our top athletes. This year’s sponsorship of the Penn Relays took on even greater significance with the Summer Olympics on the horizon, Jamaica celebrating its 50th anniversary of Independence and Grace celebrating its 90th anniversary”, said Ricardo Bryan, Regional Business Manager, Grace Foods USA. “Our participation at events like the Penn Relays gives us an opportunity to grow the brand and to be exposed to a wider audience.”

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller greets Shelton Rose, Market Manager, Northern USA at Franklin Field during the recently held Penn Relays.  Sharing the occasion from left to right, Derrick Reckord, General Manager, Grace Foods International; Dr. the Honorable Wykeham McNeill, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment; and Andrew Collins, Marketing Manager, Grace Foods International.  In the background is newly appointed Consul General to New York, Mr. Herman G. LaMont.

As is customary, Grace Foods sponsored eight championship events. On Friday, April 27, the high school girls sprint, quarter mile and mile relays and on Saturday, April 28, in addition to the high schools boys equivalent, the high school boys 400m hurdles, as well as the men’s college 4x200m relay. 

Wolmer’s Boys who finished 4th at this year’s Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston captured the high school boys sprint relay title in a record 40.34 seconds, the seventh fastest time in the history of the Penn Relays. The victory by Wolmer’s was the sixth win by the Heroes Circle institution at the Penn Relays.

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Grace Kennedy Foods Chief Executive Officer Michael Ranglin and past student of Wolmer’s Boys pose with members of the victorious 4x100m high school boys team who won in 40.34 secs. From left to right, Yanick Hart, Jermaine Fyffe, Odean Skeen and Raheem Robinson.

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Anthony Lawrence, Global Brand Manager, Grace Foods makes a presentation to Edwin Allen along with Irwine Clare of Team Jamaica Bickle.

GraceKennedy, which started in Jamaica in 1922 as a small trading concern, is now a dynamic corporation, growing from a privately owned enterprise to a public company listed on the stock exchanges of Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. GraceKennedy has a history of involvement with local sporting associations based on its perception of organized sports as one of the greatest vehicles for promoting fair play, discipline and a drive for excellence among youth. In addition to serving as the title sponsor of Jamaica’s Annual Boys and Girls Athletic Championships , managed by the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), the biggest high school boys and girls athletics championship in the Caribbean, GraceKennedy is a longstanding supporter of schoolboy cricket.

The Penn Relays, which began in April 1895, is the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the U.S.  This meet is often credited with giving the concept of relay sprints a foothold in the world of track and field. International teams were first invited to participate in 1914.  Jamaican High School track teams first attended the Penn Relays Carnival in 1964. This year there will be more than 22,000 entries and three-day attendance is likely to top 110,000.  The meet may be the best-attended track event in the United States and the world.  The 2012 Penn Relays Carnival will take place April 26-28, 2012.





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