GraceKennedy Limited was founded on February 14, 1922 by Dr. John J. Grace and Mr. Fred William Kennedy. Prior to the founding of GraceKennedy these two gentlemen worked for Grace Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of W.R. Grace & Company of New York City, New York.

In the United States a brief post-war economic boom which lasted from 1918 until the summer of 1921 was followed by an equally brief but sharp recession. Insolvencies tripled between 1919 and 1921. W.R. Grace and Co. of New York felt the pressure and decided to divest its Jamaican branch. Dr. John Grace realized that Grace Limited in Jamaica was not itself a failing concern but that it was being divested in order to relieve the pressure from the parent company in New York. He decided to keep it. Fred W. Kennedy, who recommended that James Moss-Solomon, then with United Fruit Company, be invited to join the new firm as Accountant, backed his decision. Like Kennedy, Moss-Solomon was of Jamaican stock.

Thus on February 14, 1922, St. Valentine’s Day and Fred William Kennedy’s Mother’s Birthday, a new firm, Grace, Kennedy & Company Limited was launched on the successes of its predecessor. The Memorandum of Association gave the Company room to carry on a general mercantile and commercial business and any other business, manufacturing or otherwise, as its Directors deemed desirable ‘…. To enhance the value of or to render profitable any of the company’s property or rights’. It was a widely permissive document. Subject to alteration or addition as the Directors might deem expedient. The Capital of the Company was £25,000 divided into 250 shares of £100 each, with power from time to time to increase the capital.

The first Directors Meeting of GraceKennedy Limited was held on February 15, 1922, at the offices of Cargill, Cargill and Dunn, solicitors, 4 Duke Street, Kingston. Those present were Dr. John Grace, Governing Director; Fred William Kennedy, appointed a Director. The meeting appointed the Colonial Bank as the Company’s bankers; G.F. Wallace, secretary; James Moss- Solomon, accountant; and Cargill, Cargill and Dunn, solicitors, instructed to retain H. M. Radcliffe as counsel. The Company’s cheques were to be honored on the signature of the Governing Director alone, or together with that of Fred William Kennedy; and an agreement was to be concluded between the Company and Mr. Walter Fletcher for the management of the former Montego Bay branch of Grace, Limited, which had also been acquired by GraceKennedy Limited. The former Grace. Limited branch in St. Ann’s Bay had been closed and was not purchased byGraceKennedy Limited.

In July 1922, G. F. Wallace resigned as Secretary and R. P. Galloway was appointed in his place. In August 1922, Messrs. Wood and Carmen were appointed as the Company’s auditors and Cleveland R. Grace was appointed as Director.

The first Annual General Meeting of shareholders was held on March 5, 1923. Those present were Dr. John Grace, Fred William Kennedy, Cleveland Grace, and Walter Fletcher. R. P. Galloway attended as Secretary. The Governing Director announced that ‘…. The past year’s business had turned out as anticipated’, and presented the Balance Sheet to December 3, 1922. It was moved by Walter Fletcher, seconded by Cleveland Grace, and unanimously agreed, that a dividend be paid on shares on April 15, 1923.

What We do

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 (See our organizational chart).

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.

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.'

Website: http://gracekennedy.com/

GraceKennedy Foods – International

Ryan Mack - CEO
230 Moonachie Ave.
Moonachie, NJ 07074, USA Tel: 201-329-6260

Jamaica

GraceKennedy Foods – Jamaica (Domestic)

Andrea Coy - CEO
Address: 73 Harbour Street Kingston
Telephone: (876) 922-3440
Website: www.gracefoods.com

GraceKennedy Foods & Services Limited

Andrea Coy - CEO
Address: 73 Harbour Street Kingston
Telephone: (876) 922-3440
Website: www.gracefoods.com

World Brands Services Division

World Brands Services is a division of GK Foods & Services Ltd
representing quality brands in the Jamaican market

Tamara Garel-Thompson - General Manager
Address: 69 Harbour St. Kingston,
Telephone: (876) 749-2074
Website: www.worldbrandsservices.com

UK

Grace Foods U.K. Limited

Adam Reader - Managing Director - Grace Foods UK
Address: Grace House, Centrapark, Bessemer Road
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1HT
Telephone: 01707 322332
Website: www.gracefoodsukgroup.com

Chadha Oriental Foods Ltd. UK

Andy Coult - General Manager
Address: Grace House, Bessemer Road,
Welwyn Garden City,
Hertfordshire, AL7 1HT
Telephone: 01707 322332

Enco Products Ltd., UK

Andy Coult - General Manager
Address: Grace House, Bessemer Road,
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 1HT
Telephone: 01707 322332

FunnyBones Food Service Ltd., UK

Andy Coult - General Manager
Address: Grace House, Bessemer Road,
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 1HT
Telephone: 01707 322332

GraceFoods UK Ltd – Export

George Phillips – General Manager
Address: Grace House, Bessemer Road,
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 1HT
Telephone: 01707 322332

Canada

Grace Foods (Canada) Inc.

Lucky Lankage - President
Address: 70 West Wilmot Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 1H8, Canada
Telephone:(905) 886-1002/4 (905) 763-8375
Website: www.gracefoods.ca/

Belize

GraceKennedy (Belize) Ltd.

Gilroy Graham - Executive Chairman
Address: 2 ½ Miles Northern Highway
Belize City, Belize
Telephone: 011 501-223-0572
Website: www.gracekennedybelize.com/

USA

GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC.

Ryan Mack CEO/President
230 Moonachie Ave.
Moonachie, NJ 07074, USA
Tel: 201-329- 6260

Latin America & Caribbean (LACA)

(Division of GKF&S)

Stephen Sadler – Regional Business Manager
Oral Richards – Business Development Manager
Main Office: 73 Harbour Street,
Kingston, Jamaica.
Tel: 876 922 3440
Website: www.gracefoods.com

Company Related Links

Visit Our Websites:

Grace Foods Canada - http://www.gracefoods.ca
GraceKennedy Belize - http://www.gracekennedybelize.com
GraceKennedy Limited - http://www.gracekennedy.com
GraceKennedy UK - http://www.gracefoods.co.uk
Caribbean Food Centre - http://www.caribbeanfoodcentre.com
World Brands Services - http://www.worldbrandsservices.com/
Like A Champion 360 - http://likeachampion360.com/

Follow Us On Facebook:

GraceKennedy Limited Page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/GraceKennedy-Limited
Grace Coconut Water Page - https://www.facebook.com/GraceCocoWater
Dairy Industries Page - http://www.facebook.com/dairyindustries
Encona Sauces Page - http://www.facebook.com/encona.sauces
Grace Foods Page - http://www.facebook.com/gracefoods
Grace Soups Page - http://www.facebook.com/GRACESOUPS?ref=pb
Nurishment Page - http://www.facebook.com/nurishment.uk?ref=pb
Grace Tropical Rhythms Page - http://www.facebook.com/gracetropicalrhythms
Grace Franks & Meats - https://www.facebook.com/Gracefranksandmeats
Grace Tomato Ketchup - https://www.facebook.com/GraceTomatoKetchup
Grace Hot Pepper Sauces - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-Hot-Pepper-Sauces/309902315767307
GraceKennedy Belize - https://www.facebook.com/gracekennedybelizeltd
Grace Mighty Malt Ghana - https://www.facebook.com/GraceMightyMaltGhana
Buy Grace Foods - https://www.facebook.com/BuyGraceFoods
Like A Champion 360 - https://www.facebook.com/LikeAChampion360
Hi-Lo Food Stores Jamaica - https://www.facebook.com/HiLoFoodstoresJa

Follow Us On Twitter:

GraceKennedy Group - https://twitter.com/GraceKennedyGrp
Grace Foods on Twitter - http://twitter.com/gracefoods
Encona Sauces on Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/EnconaOfficial
GraceKennedy Belize on Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/Grace_Belize
Hi-Lo Food Stores - https://twitter.com/HiLo_Ja
This Is Really Great Yogurt - https://twitter.com/TIRGYogurt

View Us On YouTube:

Grace Belize Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/gracebelize
GraceKennedy Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/GraceKennedyLtd?blend=10&ob=5
Grace Foods Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/gracefoods

Welcome to gracefoods.com, the food website of GraceKennedy Limited, the Caribbean’s leading food manufacturer and distributor. Since its beginnings in 1922, GraceKennedy has provided authentic Caribbean food products to generations of Caribbean people earning… and still deserving… the name ‘Grace, the Good Food People’.

Today, while we are still largely a Caribbean food company, we have expanded into Canada, the United States and the UK, so our people never have to miss the taste of the Caribbean.

Wherever you are you can log on www.gracefoods.com, to check out Caribbean recipes, buy Grace products online, or check out Caribbean food distributors in your area.

Wherever you are, we want to hear from you - tell us how you’re doing, let us know what you think of the products. Tell us how we can help make your life more hassle-free.

Remember, at GraceKennedy - We Care.