George F. Huggins & Company Grenada Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Hannah Forsyth to the position of Human Resources Manager effective March 8, 2021. Our former Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Jeneil Alexis-Browne, has assumed the position of General Manager of Huggins Pharmaceuticals Division.

Ms. Forsyth holds a BSc. in Business Administration from St. George’s University and a MS in Human Resource Management from Walden University, U.S.A. She is also PHR (Professional in Human Resources) Certified. She has eighteen years’ experience in human resources and prides herself in positively contributing to the success of the organisation in which she works.

Outside of work, Ms. Forsyth enjoys the beach and has a passion for fitness, exercise and healthy eating. She strongly believes in work/life balance.

The Board of Directors, Management and Staff congratulate and welcome Ms. Forsyth to the Huggins family.

Mr. Charles A. R. George is the proud recipient of the 2021 Spice Isle Award.

The Spice Isle Award is awarded to any person who has rendered truly emulative service in any field of human endeavour or for other humane action.

The award was conferred to Mr. George on Tuesday February 16, by Governor General, Dame Cecile La Grenade, for his contribution to Sports and Community Service. Mr. Charles George serves as a director and Deputy Chairman of the board of Geo. F. Huggins and Co. (G’da) Ltd. 

The name “Charlie” George, as he is affectionately called, resonates throughout our tri-island state for his involvement in and contribution to sports, serving as the President of the Grenada Amateur Athletic Association for 20 years and as the 1st VP of the Grenada Olympic Committee for eight years during which time he was instrumental in the formation of the Grenada Paralympic Committee.

“Charlie” served as chair of many Track and Field meets including Whitsuntide Games, CARIFTA, Central American and Caribbean Games and several National Championships.

His love for country extended beyond sports as he served as Deputy Chair and member of the National Carnival and Cultural Development Committee for several years. He was also a founding member of the Mt. Gay Development Community committee, a village where he now resides.

Having been a member of the Cadet Corps at his alma mater, the Grenada Boys Secondary School, Mr. George was instrumental in reviving the Cadet Corps in Grenada, and served as its Commandant from 2009 to 2015 and still holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of George F. Huggins and Company Grenada Limited, congratulate Mr. Charles A. R. George on his national award.

:  Another bold step in the advancement of Digital technology has been made in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union as George F. Huggins & Company (Grenada) Limited became the first company in history to carry out a financial transaction using the ECCB’s Digital EC Dollars or “DCash”.

Under the watchful gaze of shoppers, Chief Executive Officer of Huggins, Mrs. Anya Chow Chung, completed the historic digital transaction at the company’s Foodland Supermarket on Kirani James Boulevard on Friday, 12th February effectively becoming the first person in the Union and in Grenada ever to use the new digital currency.  Huggins is part of a wider pilot program spearheaded by the ECCB to begin the roll-out of its DCash program in Grenada and several other Eastern Caribbean territories.  The DCash Pilot is a key initiative of the ECCB’s transformational agenda as articulated in their 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.

Chow Chung said, “Digital history has been made today at Foodland and I am extremely proud to represent George F. Huggins & Company (Grenada) Limited and to have had the privilege to ‘cut the ribbon’ as it were in the use of this emerging digital technology in Grenada and the wider ECCU region.  This is indeed a proud moment for our country!  DCash will give our customers another option to access their cash quickly and easily through their mobile devices and eventually to conveniently shop at our outlets and stores around Grenada.  This is especially timely, as we all search for ways to conduct business safely during this pandemic.  By reducing the need to physically handle cash, DCash will provide customers with another layer of safety as we all learn to live in the ‘new normal’ created by the global COVID-19 pandemic.”

Governor of the ECCB, Timothy J. Antoine said “This transaction is a major milestone in our mission to place DCash in the hands of the people of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). I congratulate George F. Huggins & Company (Grenada) Limited on making history.  We are now on the cusp of the public launch of DCash. Get ready.”

With over 500 employees, and 17 distinct business operations across Grenada, Huggins is the largest locally owned company on the island and has been proudly serving Grenadians for over 100 years.

In marking the historic digital moment, Mrs. Chow Chung recognised Foodland Store Manager, Ms. Genita Pysadee, Cashier, Mr. Trent Graham and Customer Service Representative, Mr. Junior George who all helped to make the first use of digital EC dollars in Grenada a smooth, efficient and successful process.

Announces new agency relationship with Caribtrans

17 November 2020, St. George’s, Grenada:  Geo. F. Huggins and Company (Grenada) Limited is pleased to give customers additional ways to ship and receive goods into Grenada as the newly announced agent for Caribtrans.  Effective November 16th Huggins became the official branded agent for the shipping and consolidation company which has served the Caribbean since 1985.

Sheldon Alexander, Divisional Manager – Huggins Services said, “Caribtrans customers can expect excellent weekly shipping services for their Air and Ocean[ACC1]  freight needs coupled with the well-known Huggins brand of friendly and efficient family-style service.  Caribtrans’ service to Grenada is supported by a highly experienced staff, 138,000 Sq. Ft. of warehouse storage in Miami, a proprietary operating system and a North-America wide receiving terminal system which includes Jacksonville, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, California, and Miami among other features.”

For more information on Caribtrans and other Huggins shipping services please visit their offices at Huggins Shipping Division on the Carenage, or call them directly at 440-2032 or email at Caribtrans’ ocean service to Grenada is a seven-day transit that currently arrives in Grenada every Thursday.

ST. GEORGE’S – 18th February 2020 – At the launch ceremony of the Private Primary Schools’ Championship, held at the Olympic House in Grand Anse, St. George, on Thursday 13th February, 2020, Fruta Kool Kidz, again pledged sponsorship support to the tune of $20,000.

The Chairman of the Grenada Private Primary Schools’ Association, Kester Elcock expressed profound gratitude to Huggins for its continued support. He stated that patrons can look forward to a total of fifty-six (56) events amongst eighteen schools. The event will be held on Thursday 5th March from 1pm at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium. He also added that this year’s championship will not include the under 7 age group since a separate competition was held for them earlier this year.

 Fruta Kool Kidz Brand Manager, Randy Campbell said that this year as Huggins celebrates its 100 years of service to the Grenadian people, the company remains committed to sports and the overall development of our nation’s youth. He commended the work of the Grenada Private Primary Schools’ Association and encouraged them to continue looking for ways to improve the event.

Also addressing the delegates was Mr. Ashley Cummings, Senior Coach from the Ministry of Sports, who praised the organisers and sponsors and pledged the ministry’s full support to the success of the event.

This year marks the eleventh year of Huggins’ sponsorship of the Private Primary Schools’ sponsorship; nine of these eleven years were sponsored by Ribena. We wish the committee a successful championship.

Contact: Mrs. Jeneil Alexis-Browne
(473) 440 2031 ext. 2271
(473) 415 0917 

On July 20, 2020, one of Grenada’s oldest and largest, 100% locally owned companies, Geo. F. Huggins & Company (Grenada) Limited (GFH) marked 100 years of operation.

Now operating 17 distinct lines of business in Grenada, Huggins has grown into a household name.  With over 500 employees it is one of the largest local employers on island.  Although the company had unveiled an array of lavish plans at the start of the year to mark the centennial, themed ‘A Century of Service’, the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic meant that like every other company, large and small, they had to scale back their plans.

To mark the significant milestone, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Anya Chow Chung embarked on an island-wide motorcade with her management team to personally thank each employee for their dedicated service to Huggins.  At every stop, she shared words of encouragement, and asked employees to raise a toast to another 100 years of success.  While they could not have the grand festivities, they had originally planned due to new physical distancing rules and COVID protocols, she still was able to celebrate the occasion and to pay special tribute to some of her staff who had helped to build the Huggins brand over the years.  Chow Chung recognized long-serving employees with crystal trophies and other tokens from the company.  Specially honored, Mr. Michael Victor, was awarded for his 50-year contribution to the company as part of the Distribution division.  Other employees who achieved milestone celebrations during this year were awarded for their tenures which ranged from 25 to 45 years in the company. 

The company also hosted an online panel discussion which included the President of the Grenada Olympic Committee and Director of Huggins, Royston F. La Hee, MBE and businessman and former Company Director, Mr. Kent Joseph.  Also featured on the panel was distinguished historian, author and Head of Site of the University of the West Indies – Grenada campus, Dr. Nicole Phillip-Dowe, who gave an in-depth historical analysis of how Grenada’s economic environment transitioned over the last 100 years and critical economic role played by Huggins. Mrs. Chow Chung, rounded out the guests on the panel and gave insightful glimpses into the development of the Huggins brand and ethos over the century. She thanked the panelists, and the many others like them, for their contribution to the overall growth and stability of the company. She also took a moment to thank and reflect on the role Mr. G.A. “Richard” Menezes, who was her predecessor and CEO for over 50 years, played in instilling into the company some of its foundational tenets of honesty in business, trustworthiness and the concept of treating employees as family.

“There aren’t enough words to thank Mr. G. A. Menezes and his wife Mrs. Menezes for their enduring contribution to the success of this company.  They were trailblazers through very turbulent times in this country’s history and they stood steadfastly for what was right and best for this company, and we are reaping the rewards of that initial vision and dedication”, said Chow Chung.  “I can only say to them, to this esteemed panel, and to the entire team at Huggins a heartfelt Thank You!”

She went on to discuss her current plans to carefully preserve the legacy she has been given, while at the same time charting a course that will enable the company to remain viable in a new digital age and deeply embedded in the communities across Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique for another 100 years and beyond.

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