In early April, I visited Jamaica to wait for the Destination Experience Visionaries Summit, a global business convention focused on inclusive, numerous, and culturally actual growth techniques. The event’s theme became well-timed, given Jamaica’s latest push for the expansion of “untapped” economic sectors, consisting of food and agriculture. Food is in particular widespread in the history of globalization. Global integration of food markets has been responsible for the earliest kinds of cultural interchange, economic linkages, and diplomacy
while imparting jobs and boosting countrywide economies. Food globalization has raised several issues within the global improvement network; amongst these are the marginalization of domestically grown ingredients and the proliferation of unhealthy— high-sodium, excessive fat, mainly processed diets. On my way to attend the Masters of Industry Reception in Kingston, to pay attention to cope
with Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and Public Service, the Honourable Dr. Nigel Clarke, I changed into curious about the array of meals on providing on Knutsford Boulevard. I witnessed college students spooning whip cream into their mouths through the New York’esque Starbucks storefront, tourists walking out with their jerk chicken takeout from the Sweetwood Jerk Joint, moms with excited youngsters in line at Burger King and a woman in a business healthy biting right into a fried fish and bammy (fried bread) from Island Grill.
In Jamaica, quick service eating places are the fastest growing segment of the restaurant sub-sector, with 50% of the marketplace constituted of U.S. Fast-meals franchises (FAO, 2016). This fashion is not any doubt a direct reaction to increasing earning, urbanization, marketplace deregulation, and overseas direct investment— according to the World Investment Report, Jamaica is the primary recipient of overseas direct funding inflows in the
English-speakme Caribbean. At the time of publication, there had been 19 Burger Kings, sixteen Dominos, eleven Pizza Huts, 7 Little Caesars, 36 KFCs, 9 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchens, four Subways, nine Wendy’s, and a couple of TGI Fridays facing direct competition from nearby shops inclusive of 18 Island Grills, 61 Juice Patties and 32 Trustees, among others. This is a notable deal of fast food opposition for a 4,213 rectangular mile island.