With bars being forced to close for at least two weeks due to the sudden rise in Covid cases in the country, one local business has stepped forward in a major way to bring relief to bar owners.
Distributor Hutchinson Antigua Ltd, in partnership with Magnum Tonic Wine, took the opportunity to give back.
And over the past few days they have been making donations of Covid-19 care packages, including boxes of the Jamaican mead drink and sanitisation supplies, to affected businesses across Antigua.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought waves of misfortune throughout the region and though some countries continue their attempts to move closer to some form of ‘normalcy’, most are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic.
Magnum’s Regional Marketing Manager, Kamal Powell, said the company was quick to step in and offer assistance.
“It’s one thing to say we are a united Caribbean family, it’s another thing to show unity when our brothers and sisters need help,” he said.
“We are aware of the challenges faced across the region, so our team worked closely with the distributor to identify key customers who are severely impacted by the pandemic. I must offer props to the team for following through and doing so effectively.”
Manager of Wines and Spirits at Hutchinson Antigua Ltd, Siman Jallow, shared that having a direct relationship with the customers aided the selection.
“We operate like a business family here, so I know each customer personally. Because of that I knew which operators would need the help to get their business afloat. Magnum, thanks for stepping in and making this handover possible,” he added.
Jamaican company Magnum is regionally integrated into Caribbean culture and maintains a fruitful relationship with the territories.
Last year the brand made similar donations to Belize, Trinidad and St Lucia, among other countries in the region.