GraceKennedy is one of the Caribbean's largest and most dynamic corporate entities. The company started in Jamaica in 1922 as a small trading establishment and wharf operators. It has expanded and diversified over the years, changing from a privately owned enterprise to a public company listed on the stock exchanges of Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Today, the GraceKennedy Group comprises a varied network of some 60 subsidiaries and associated companies located across the Caribbean and in North and Central America and the United Kingdom. Our operations span the areas of food processing and distribution, banking and finance, insurance and remittance services, together with an investment in building materials retailing.
In 1995, GraceKennedy developed our 2020 Vision, our objective being to transform ourselves from a Jamaican trading company to a global consumer group with our roots in Jamaica. After 15 years on this journey, the company is substantially larger and stronger, measured by our growth in revenues, productivity, profits and market value. Our mission continues to be, 'To satisfy the unmet needs of Caribbean people wherever we live in the world.'
Grace Kennedy (Ontario) Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of GK Foods Ltd. Jamaica, has been operating in the Canadian market for over 25 years and is among the most dynamic and progressive Caribbean food companies in Canada today. Headquartered in Richmond Hill Ontario, Grace Kennedy (Ontario) Inc. (GKO) operates a 50,000+ sq ft. distribution facility in addition to its corporate head offices.
GKO offers its consumers a wide range of food and beverage options ranging from coconut water, hot pepper sauce, sodas, tropical juices, meal replacements, to canned meats, beans, and snack foods such as banana chips. Plus, Grace owned brands such as Caribbean choice, Encona and Dunn's River. GKO's distribution system services both national chain stores and independent retail outlets across Ontario, Québec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, with a goal to expand right across Canada.