Well known agro-processor Novella “Granma Aki” Payne will be one of the vendors at this weekend’s PineappleMango Fest (PiAngoFest) at Cades Bay where her new mango/pineapple sauce will make its debut.
Granma Aki believes PiAngoFest is a good platform for many agro-processors in terms of exposure and gaining new customers, and she is also looking forward to educating people more about what she and many others do, a release from the Ministry of Agriculture said.
She entered the market some 20 years ago with just teas, and her business has since expanded to include sauces, dried fruits, juices, hot sauce, seasoning, tamarind balls, mauby, sweet potato and cassava chips, among others.
This weekend she will be displaying a variety of her products, including her famous mango sauce which can be used as salad dressing or as a dip.
Granma Aki strongly believes that an agro-processor should always have materials, as many customers look forward to purchasing local products. So she freezes peppers, tamarind, raspberry, mango, and labels them by date and origin so that she would know which product to use first.