Frozen ready meals with true Caribbean flavour
Jamaica on Ice (JOI) is the brainchild of Caribbean culinary chef and food retailer, Mark Richards. His premier frozen Caribbean food range JOI came from a genuine desire to keep his beloved Granma’s diet fresh and lasting.
‘I would plan and cook weekly meals for my Grandma, but the food wouldn’t stay fresh for long enough – there was a lot of waste and the process became really time consuming. I then started to freeze her food and eventually it just became a thing. She began to tell her friends and soon enough I was supplying small frozen dishes to my Granma, her friends and other family members. It was at this point that I thought well why not do this on a commercial level and here we are today – Mark Richards, Co-Founder, Jamaica on Ice
Taharqa, a Logistics Manager, spent the last 5 years working for a blue chip multi-national in the City. He got involved with Jamaica On Ice once he heard of Marks idea to start a Jamaican frozen food business.
‘Jamaica has a special place in my heart and family history. It is a place that has spawned so many legacies and I want Jamaica On Ice to be a legacy brand in the UK and beyond.
These are risky times to set up a new venture like this, particularly being the first in the UK… but with risk comes opportunity’
Taharqa has over 25 years’ experience in the logistics, events, and sponsorship industry, including areas of branding and content provision.
He is a graduate of the London College of Printing and serves on the Board of Directors at Boss Media Ltd. - Taharqa, Co-Founder, Jamaica On Ice