Mavis Amankwah and Rich Visions made history last night by bringing over 40 African Caribbean and Black British media houses and promoters together all under one roof to present an evening with Tropical Sun and the African Caribbean media; something that has never happened before!
The evening attracted the attendance of a number of senior media executives, journalists and partners from the African and Caribbean media and communities across the UK. Media attended included Blacknet, The Voice, Trumpet Media Group, African Voice and Global Radio, to name a few.
Ahead of an interactive Q & A session, attendees were treated to drinks, canapés and food made from the Tropical Sun range of products. They were also given a tour of Wanis’ 120,000 sq ft warehouse, stocking over 8000 world food and drink product lines – providing an insight into why the company is UK’s leading distributor of World Food and Drink.
The journey started in 1996 when Tropical Sun began importing a few specialist ingredients and daily essentials for the UK’s thriving ethnic communities. As word spread, it began receiving requests for specific items from homelands far-afield: Spices, oils, drinks and snacks that helped people stay connected to their cultures.
Over the years, it has expanded its offering to several hundred high-quality products, available from its website, supermarkets and independent stores across the UK. However, Tropical Sun has come under fire over recent years for not giving enough publicity to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, however, all misconceptions about the brand and the company were silenced.
It had been putting back into the communities through: for example, its manufacturing factory in Jamaica which employs indigenes and uses local produce for which a fair price is paid; donating £21,000 on its 21st to worthy causes including the Sickle Cell Society; the development and refurbishment of Jose Marti Technical High School and White Marl Primary School in Jamaica. It also recently built a home for a woman in Ghana who has taken 17 orphans into her family.
Kapil Wadhwani, the director for Wanis, emphasised that ‘Tropical Sun is very much a family affair, and by that I mean our family includes all our partners, suppliers, customers and the individuals that work alongside us.’.
Today, Tropical Sun offer over 450 products from all over the world including Asia, the Middle East and South America. Check out their line for yourself!
-Mavis and team