Top Mountain Bag Juice Factory

  • Group Name: Top Mountain Limited
  • Project Name: Top Mountain Bag Juice Factory
  • Type of Venture: Bag Juice Making
  • Sponsors:
  • Start Date: 2007

Description of Project:

Top Mountain Ltd. is a community-based income-generating enterprise located in the District of Top Mountain, in Kitson Town St Catherine. It uses fruits that are readily available seasonally as a means of economic empowerment for residents by producing bag fruit juices and drink. The project got off the ground with funding, training from Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA), and a piece of land donated by notable scholar Professor Rosalee Hamilton who still plays a very instrumental advisory role in helping the organization. Workers work on a rotating shift basis.  

Objectives:

  • Provide top-quality health drink products to our customers, using Jamaican grown foods and fruits as a way to support local producers and strengthen the Jamaican brand.
  • Provide employment for persons within the community.
  • Enhance the economy of the community by purchasing their crops to manufacture natural juices.

Our Vision:

To make Top Mountain Limited the foremost health food and drink provider in Jamaica and the Caribbean, supporting healthy and productive lifestyles and being a catalyst for income generation in the Top/Paul Mountain communities, by using the produce of farmers as first choice of raw materials for our production and by offering employment to residents who qualify when positions become available.

Our Mission:

Our Mission is to provide top quality health products for the surrounding community and Jamaica in general. In this regard we aim to ; provide top-quality health drink products to our customers, using Jamaican grown foods and fruits as a way to support local producers and strengthen the Jamaican brand.; provide employment for persons within the community and enhance the economy of the community by purchasing their crops to manufacture natural juices.

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Project Data
Currently Employs 7 Persons
Business Plan Yes
Project Value $8 Million

Needs

• Organizational training of staff
• A cold storage facility
• Additional machines such as industrial blenders/processors for product diversification

Challenges

• The lack of resources to supply existing market. There is a market for a predominantly frozen juice which requires proper cold storage as a result demand is not being met.
• High transportation costs because vehicle used to transport products is affected by frequent breakdowns which impacts cash flow as a result of the use of hired vehicle and repairs
• Management of the factory

Contacts

Ms. Tracy-Ann Whittle
770 4932

* Data was compiled from socio-economic survey conducted by SDC, 2009. A comprehensive community profile of Rose Heights Community can be obtained at the St. James 1 Albion Road, Montego Bay, St. James.