Standard Distribution & Sales (B’dos) Ltd. helps Challenor School agro processing business to bear more fruit
A fledgling agro processing business at the Challenor School continues to bear fruit thanks to retail company, Standard Distribution & Sales (B’dos) Ltd. which recently presented the school with a refrigerator.
The Challenor School runs a business, Hidden Treasures, which manufactures and sells juices, chutneys and jams made by students in the school’s adult training facility. To ensure it could continue to meet orders and maintain a steady flow of income, the school needed additional space for storage of its products which Standard provided in the form of a 16 cubic foot refrigerator.
Katrina Newton, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Distribution & Sales (B’dos) Ltd. said the presentation was the beginning of a relationship with the school. “We plan to nurture this relationship and to this end we’ll also be retailing ironing boards at our stores that are made in the school’s workshop. I’m also planning to spend a day at the adult training facility when the new school term begins in September.”
Adding that the team from Standard Distribution & Sales sampled products from Hidden Treasures and found them delicious, Ms. Newton said, “Everyone is feeling the pinch with many household incomes reduced as well as the cost of living rising so there is less to spare for worthy causes. I believe very strongly that if we can help we should and Standard did not hesitate to grant this request to assist the school in growing their business and raising funds.”
Ms. Newton also commended the team at the Challenor School, “for providing a safe and positive learning environment for their students and practically teaching them the value of work.”
Food Prep Instructor at the school, Juliet Cumberbatch thanked Standard Distribution & Sales for its assistance and said the school was looking forward to a continued association with the retailer. “With the donation of the fridge we’ve expanded our storage and hence our production capability. The agro processing has been going pretty well and we’re about to embark on a marketing campaign.”
Ms. Cumberbatch added that Hidden Treasures was able to produce about two hundred juices a week as well as an array of chutneys including mango, beetroot and tomato, and golden apple and sorrel jam, in some cases using produce grown on the school compound.
Upcoming projects include building a greenhouse and landscaping the grounds.