KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday October 17, 2016 – Bamboo and ketchup normally don’t go hand in hand. Someone obviously never told that to Chevaughn Bowen.
The Jamaican entrepreneur, a graduate of the International University of the Caribbean (IUC), has Bamboo Tomato Ketchup on the market.
Bowen said he got the idea to make the bamboo tomato ketchup while in discussion with director of special projects at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Gladstone Rose, who heads the Government’s bamboo programme.”
He then went to China to have a first-hand look at that country’s bamboo industry, and to do further expert research on the properties in the bamboo edible shoots. After he returned, he began producing the bamboo ketchup, which is available locally.
The product is produced by Jamdun’ Food Processing in Kingston.
Bowen, who won a Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association prize in 2010 for his hot and spicy barbe-fry sauce, said young people who have innovative business ideas should ensure that they are written and placed in the marketplace for development.
“An idea on paper is no idea at all. Putting a prototype together, and trying to get it out there in the market is best. Your idea sitting on paper, it makes no sense. I believe that everybody coming from university should have that state of mind, to become innovative,” he told JIS News.