By Sue-Ann Wayow
BOTH manufacturers and retailers in Trinidad and Tobago will be seeking to create a stable environment for food consumption while encouraging the local brand.
In a joint press release, the executives of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) and the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) stated they remained committed to designing strategies in ensuring food sustainability after meeting to discuss key issues.
The release stated, “Both SATT and TTMA reaffirmed a commitment to robust strategies revolving around the careful management of consumer confidence in the high standard and quality of consumables produced in T&T and the availability of goods for the population. At the same time, all efforts are being made to ensuring that affordable pricing remains crucially accessible to consumers, while maintaining ongoing discussions with the present administration to increase the ease of doing business.”
The two groups stated, “All parties recognise that it has been a difficult period of adjustment for businesses and consumers during this calendar year during the pandemic. As such, initiatives that revolve around consumer livelihood are close to the agendas of both manufacturers and retailers to create as stable an environment for national consumption. Challenges will be met resolutely by both sides, with a willingness to navigate and resolve them with the consumer’s interest at the forefront.”
Both parties agreed to have further discussions to ensure that the eventual success of these strategies lead to fruitful outcomes.