Manufacturers in Dominica are being told that they should be mindful of the formulas in their products and they should make every effort to be as consistent as possible.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Public Relations Officer for the Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA), Saverin Mckenzie, said manufacturers, especially upcoming ones, should always get their formulas right.
“One of the concerns that we have is the consistency of the products,” he stated. “This is a word of caution to the budding manufacturers that you have to get your formula right, the consistency has to be good. If you are trying to get it, keep trying and when you get to perfection let it be that when I buy it it will be the same this month and the same next month. You have to keep your trade secret but you have to be able to monitor.”
He urged upcoming manufacturers to maintain the quality of their products, pointing out further that although there is a ready market for Dominican products, the issue of providing an adequate supply is still relevant.
“There is a market for Dominican products right here in the Caribbean,” McKenzie said. “This month a group of Barbados buyers will be in Dominica to look at what we are producing. The problem that we have is our economy of scale, the fact that our manufacturing industry is more based on cottage industries and we are hoping that people can move away from this and start looking at how we can produce.”
According to him virgin coconut oil is in high demand in the Caribbean, a product which is readily available in Dominica.
“The virgin coconut oil has a lot of potential but we do not have the supply,” he noted. “The demand is there, the market is there but we do not have the means of production to produce the volume that is required.”
The manufacturer’s association is hoping to get people to invest in the virgin coconut oil sector., according to McKenzie.