Vemco (formerly known as Multifoods Corporation Ltd.)
was founded in 1958 by Victor and Sally Mouttet and
started off as a sole proprietorship. It began as a
commodity trading business, trading products such
as peanuts, beans and prunes.
The Evolution: Early 1960s
The company went from trading in commodities to
branded food products. The original branded products
included S.X. Processed Meats from Canada, Celebrity
Canned Meats from Denmark and Kerrygold Dairy
Products from Ireland.
The Setback: Mid 1960s
The imposition of the Negative List adversely
affected products the company imported that
could be manufactured locally and by the mid-1970s
the only major brand food products that the
company retained was the Kerrygold range of Dairy
The Outcome: The decision paid off (Late 1970s)
Vemco (known then as Multifoods Corporation Ltd)
was established in 1976 with peanut butter being the
first product manufactured followed by mayonnaise and mustard under Buffet, Sunrich and French’s brands.
The Revolutionary Risk
To package milk powder in sachets or not? That was
This revolutionary move would have meant that this
will be the first time in the world that milk powder
would be packaged in a sachet. But, Victor Mouttet
took the gamble and it paid off! The product, Kerrygold,
was finally introduced in 1978 and as the saying
goes…the rest is history!
Kerrygold became a dominant brand in the milk powder
market and the sachet became a common alternative to
cans in milk powder markets throughout the world.
In the mid-1980s they expanded their product range by creating the Swiss brand of food products, initially concentrating on condiments, sauces and peanut butter. After the purchase of Geddes Grant Foods-now
Cereal Products Ltd- to include a complete range of pasta products.
The Negative List was thereafter removed allowing the company to once again expand into imported branded
food products attracting major international food.
To satisfy the needs of people within the foodservice
market, to establish a market for bulk ketchup, and to
be more competitive in the bulk sales of mayonnaise,
mustard, and barbeque sauce, Vemco once again took
the initiative and invested in technology and equipment
that was both innovative and risky. Instead of packaging
in 1 gallon jars and #10 tins which was the industry
standard, Vemco developed Katerpack 2L & 4L sachets
With the introduction of new technology, Vemco introduced
a consumer sachet for Swiss ketchup in the conventional
750 ml size called Econopak, giving the everyday person a
quality tomato ketchup at a competitive price.
Today, although Vemco has changed a great deal,
the one thing that will always remain the same is our
promise to transform moments into memories with our
products. From peanuts to prosperity, VEMCO is now a CDP company and with over 30 national and
international brands, one of the leading manufacturers
and distributors of Fast Moving Consumer Goods in the Caribbean Region. Our Vemco family is constantly
committed to delivering excellence to families like
yours and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve
with passion, diligence and in the best interest of our people, our organization, our community and our country.