9,600 Pounds of Organically Certified Bamboo Charcoal To Be Shipped TomorrowJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Jamaica’s first major supply of internationally certified organic bamboo charcoal, totalling 9,600 pounds, is scheduled to be shipped to the United States (US) on Tuesday, April 14.The charcoal, valued at approximately $551,904 (US$4, 800), will be transported from Kingston to Houston, Texas aboard a vessel, scheduled to dock in Jamaica on Monday, April 13, and is expected to arrive at its destination within nine days of departing the island.The supply of bamboo charcoal, which has been certified for export to the US under the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Programme (USDA/NOP), has been provided through a partnership involving three entities, two local, and the other, American.These are: the supplier, Nelson’s Super Farm in St. Mary, which operates the first organic bamboo charcoal factory to be established in Jamaica; Kingston-based packager and exporter, Janitorial Traders Limited (JTL); and US distributor, Jamaican Jeems Company Limited.The overall engagement forms part of the Ministry of Industry, Investment, and Commerce’s Bamboo Products Industry Project, being administered by the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC) at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). The BIMAC is chaired by Gladstone Rose, who is also the BSJ’s Senior Director for Technical Services.The project is consistent with the Government’s Job Creation and Economic Growth strategic priority, focusing on the development and growth of key productive sectors; development of micro, small, and medium sized enterprises; and facilitating protection of the natural environment.Global trade for bamboo is estimated to value approximately US$10 billion.Managing Director of JTL, Roger Chang, tells JIS News that the charcoal has been packaged in 1,600 six-pound bags bearing the ‘Jamaican Jeems Products’ label, and the USDA organic certification mark.The bags were stacked into 160 boxes and loaded into a 20-foot container, at JTL’s facility located on Stanton Terrace, on Friday, April 10, with the proceedings observed by Mr. Rose.The container was transported to the Kingston port the same day, where it is being held until the vessel’s arrival for shipment along with other cargo, to the United States.Early indications suggest that the charcoal, which is currently produced solely for export, is slated for distribution to the Sprouts Farmers Market chain of stores, which operates over 150 outlets across the USA, with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.Mr. Chang says focus is now being placed on boosting production at the charcoal plant in St. Mary, adding that “we are looking at (preparing another shipment) within another month.”There are five local entities currently producing charcoal from bamboo, including Nelson’s Super Farm.Mr. Chang notes, however, that only Nelson’s has, to date, been accorded the USDA/NOP certification, to produce organic charcoal for export to the US.“That does not stop anybody else from producing (charcoal, and) putting it in their own bags, (labelling it), and selling it anywhere else,” he points out.BIMAC indicates that apart from the 1,600 bags, approximately 40 bags were previously shipped to the Cayman Islands for “marketing purposes”, and also to Canada by other Bamboo Products Industry Project members.BIMAC points out that Haiti is being targeted, while enquiries have come from a potential buyer in Trinidad and Tobago.A total of 19 million pounds of charcoal are being targeted for production and export over the next two years, under the bamboo project. Data from BIMAC’s registry of suppliers indicates that upwards of 3,000 acres are currently available for charcoal export production.Regarding the domestic market, BIMAC indicates that while there have been “expressions of interest” from a “handful” of supermarkets and jerk centres, “the local market is still being developed.”BIMAC adds that “there are other members of the Bamboo Products Industry Project (who) are getting themselves ready to penetrate the local market.”Local bamboo charcoal production commenced in 2012, and retailing thereafter, coinciding with Jamaica securing membership to the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR).BIMAC commenced training of bamboo stakeholders in 2012, with a view to creating a diversified and sustainable bamboo products industry. RelatedGovernment Lauded for Support of BPO Sector RelatedTask Force Set Up To Assist MSMEs Story HighlightsJamaica’s first major supply of internationally certified organic bamboo charcoal, totalling 9,600 pounds, is scheduled to be shipped to the United States (US) on Tuesday, April 14.The charcoal, valued at approximately $551,904 (US$4, 800), will be transported from Kingston to Houston, Texas.The supply of bamboo charcoal has been provided through a partnership involving three entities, two local, and the other, American. RelatedRESET Caribbean – A Partner in Small Business Development FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail 9,600 Pounds of Organically Certified Bamboo Charcoal To Be Shipped Tomorrow CommerceApril 13, 2015Written by: Douglas McIntosh Photo: Melroy Sterling Senior Director, Technical Services, Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), and Chairman, Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), Gladstone Rose (left), and Managing Director, Janitorial Traders Limited (JTL), Roger Chang, discuss product packaging on a bag of Jamaica Jeems Products organic bamboo charcoal. Mr. Rose observed the packaging of the product for export on April 10, at the JTL’s facility on Stanton Terrace, Kingston. Advertisements
SOMA has sold 250K, needs to sell 30K more to be profitableFrictional Games gives extensive sales update 6 months after release Rachel WeberSenior EditorThursday 24th March 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareFrictional Games has revealed that its latest title, SOMA, has now sold over 250 000 units, but it will take another 20-30,000 units before the studio sees a return on investment. “Given that the daily sales are still solid (about 125 units a day) and we have regular boosts from various sale events, this is bound to happen well before this year is over,” it said in its blogIt also compared the sales to those of the recent indie hit Firewatch, and saw positives.”Firewatch (which has quite a few elements in common with SOMA) sold over 500k in just a month, so there’s obviously room for SOMA to sell a lot more. It might seem weird, but this is actually very encouraging for us. “SOMA was a really ambitious project which took 5 years to develop, used a load of external help and had a big chunk of money spent on a live action series and so forth, making it a very costly affair. Yet SOMA is well on the way to becoming profitable after just 6 months, despite not being a runaway success. This makes us a lot less worried about making another game of similar scope.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games During the extensive post, the company also examined ways to differentiate its games portfolio to prevent one game cannabalising the sales of another – something it believes happened with SOMA and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.”So if we make another sci-fi game, we’ll probably tone down the horror elements and make the sci-fi narrative more prominent. The reverse would be true if we made a new horror game. The idea is that this’ll not only let us reach a new and wider audience, but also minimize the risk that people will mix up our games, and instead they’ll see them as separate entities.”It also revealed that the Swedish studio is currently at work on two new titles, a first for Frictional. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 2 days agoEpic reportedly offered $200m to Sony for PlayStation exclusivesThe firm also reportedly started discussions with Microsoft and noted that securing first-party Nintendo games would be a “moonshot”By Marie Dealessandri 2 days agoLatest comments (2)James Barnard Founder / Developer, Springloaded5 years ago This was my favourite game of last year. It deserved to do so much better. I don’t play horror games, I got attracted by the narrative and mainly seeing some people calling it a walking simulator! So perhaps it’s positioning was a bit off. I would even go so far as to say I actively avoid horror games, but this game pulled me in with its gripping story and atmosphere. It’s funny how thi is a far more polished game than firewatch, it just missed the hype train from whatever reason. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyCraig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises5 years ago All this time I thought it was “SOMA 2”, but now I see the logo on Steam the “2” is just the way the light reflects off her face. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.