Blue Power to expand its manufacturing capacity with additional line for Cari-Med brands
Distribution company Cari-Med Group, through its member company, Kirk-FP Limited, has appointed Jamaican soap manufacturer, Blue Power Group as a strategic co-packer for its soap brands.
The brands comprise of Bomber, Carib Carbolic, Refresh and Castille. The decision was announced yesterday by Glen Christian, chairman of the Cari-Med Group.
In making the announcement, Christian remarked that, “Kirk-FP has an outstanding track record in representing leading global brands as well as its own brands. Our current strategy will see us giving enterprising Jamaican manufacturers an opportunity to leverage our established business development expertise”.
Kirk-FP conducted a selection process to identify a manufacturer who can utilise economies of scale to produce its products at an affordable price to the consumers. At the end of this process, the company selected Blue Power because of its long-standing expertise and clear focus on soap production.
Blue Power expanding manufacturing capacity
The agreement between Blue Power Group and Kirk-FP will see Blue Power Group expanding its manufacturing capacity with the purchase of an additional production line from Kirk-FP, which in addition to its core distribution business was also itself engaged in soap production.
The brands that will now be made by the Blue Power Group will include production that was formerly manufactured locally as well as outsourced to international companies in Eurasia and Latin America. Blue Power Group will be working closely with the production and quality control team of Kirk-FP to ensure that the quality and product availability is maintained or enhanced.
Dr Dhiru Tanna, chairman of Blue Power Group, in commenting on the deal, highlighted that “at its core, Blue Power Group is a soap manufacturing company. The goal of Blue Power is to make high quality soap for good brands and good distributors. There is no question that Kirk-FP and its brands fall in this category. We are looking forward to working with them in the years ahead”.
Blue Power Group Ltd is Jamaica’s largest manufacturer of bar soaps and has been in operation for over 20 years. Blue Power currently employs more than 40 persons in soap manufacturing and expects to add new team members to accommodate the increased production.