Dianna Blake-Bennett, General Manager of Salada Foods said the strategy will be beneficial to Salada’s operations.

Salada Foods Jamaica is making an advance purchase of 25,000 boxes of local coffee cherries which will be processed to green beans, stored and blended into Salada’s instant coffee products. The investment valued at $200 million is a pilot project with a goal to identify a strategic business option to guarantee supply in a mutually sustainable manner. A total of $100 million will be paid directly to farmers and the balance used to process coffee cherries to green beans, which is the local raw material used by Salada to manufacture instant coffee products. Dianna Blake-Bennett, General Manager of Salada Foods said the exploration of this strategy will be beneficial to Salada’s operations. “The current market conditions indicate that creative approaches to the local coffee industry are needed from all players. Consistency in supply is significant to the operations of Salada. The current yield is ideal for our products and rather than purchase what traders have in stores we are purchasing directly from farmers which will also assist their operations,” she said. Blake-Bennett went on to note that the move comes at a time when farmers’ coffee trees are laden in the fields and havethe potential for crops to be lost. “Farmers are currently being impacted by market conditions where there is a global glut of coffee green beans. The nuances of coffee production, processing and manufacturing call for a collective approach to secure the local industry and Salada remains committed to being an active part of the solution,” she explained. The initiative commences on Thursday, November 15 and will see Salada through an arrangement with Stoneleigh Coffee Processors Ltd. processing cherries from the current crop. If the pilot proves meaningful for local farmers and Salada it will form part of a Salada’s business model for continued local manufacturing of instant coffee products. Salada has implemented the necessary processes to ensure that high-quality standards will be maintained across all coffee products. The company has employed and trained selectors, who will operate from the selected depots in Salada’s interest. For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

LATAM Airlines Group has announced a new flight from Montego Bay to its Lima hub. LATAM Airlines Peru will operate three weekly flights to Montego Bay, offering convenient connections with cities in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia. The route will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft with capacity for 174 passengers, equivalent to a total of 52,600 seats per year. “The addition of the Montego Bay - Lima route is part of our commitment to facilitating leisure travel options to our consumers. Montego Bay is now the fifth city we fly to in the Caribbean, others being Aruba, Cancun, La Habana and Punta Cana adding to more than 50 weekly LATAM frequencies to the Caribbean,” said Pablo Chiozza, Senior VP of the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and AsiaofLATAMAirlinesGroup From July 1, 2019, LATAM Airlines Peru flight LA2464 (Lima-Montego Bay) will depart Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport on Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 12:05, arriving in Montego Bay at 17:00. The return flight (LA2465) will operate on the same days and depart from Sangster International Airport at 18:05, arriving in Lima at 22:50 (all times local). With the addition of Montego Bay, LATAM will serve five destinations in the Caribbean and Central America: Havana (Cuba), Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Aruba and San José (Costa Rica), as well other resorts on the Caribbean coast including Cancun (Mexico), Cartagena and San Andrés (Colombia). For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


Kim Porter in happier times with her twin daughters

Kim Porter, former model, actress and mother of three of Sean 'Diddy' Combs children, is dead. Reports are that the 47-year-old Porter was found dead at her Los Angeles home. According to celebrity site TMZ, a dispatch call stated the patient was suffering from cardiac arrest. TMZ said asource connected to Porter told them she'd been suffering flu-like symptoms, and possibly pneumonia, for several weeks, while another source said she had contacted her doctor just yesterday complaining she wasn't feeling any better. Diddy's rep Cindi Berger told the site: "Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time." Porter dated Diddy for over a decade. They broke up in 1994 and again in 2007. The couple has three children together, twin girlsJessie JamesandD'Lilaand a son,Christian Combs. Porter alsohas a son,Quincy, from her previous relationship withAl B. Sure!.

As Buju Banton fans anxiously await his release from jail, the singer says his only desire going forward is peace and love. "In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love. I only want to be associated with my craft. Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music. I just want to continue making music, which I've devoted my life to. I look forward to the opportunity to say a personal thanks to my fans and everyone who supported me," he said ina message sent via his publicity team, Destine Media. Buju is due to be released from a US jail on December 8. He is said to have remained positive and isin great spirits. He is currently counting down the days, along with millions of others to his release, the statement said. Following his release, Buju will perform in a series of concerts dubbed the'Long Walk to Freedom Tour. So far he is confirmed to perform inThe Bahamas on March 30 and Trinidad on April 22. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop


England's Wayne Rooney fouls Unites States Jorge Villafana during the international friendly football match against the United States at Wembley stadium, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Wayne Rooney couldn't raise his England scoring record in a 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions as a new generation of players provided the goals in an easy, 3-0 victory over the United States on Thursday. The 33-year-old Rooney was denied a perfect farewell in stoppage time by U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who dived to stop a low shot to the frustration of the striker and the Wembley crowd that shouted "Shoot!" every time Rooney touched the ball. Rooney's international career ended with 53 goals, 15 years after his debut. Recalled after two years off the team for a ceremonial farewell, the D.C. United player provided the biggest cheers of the night when he entered in the 58th minute against the country he now calls home. As England's record-scorer bid farewell, striker Callum Wilson and defender Trent Alexander-Arnold scored their first international goals and Jesse Lingard netted for the first time at Wembley for his country. The stakes will be more meaningful in the next game at Wembley on Sunday. After leaving the field, England learned that Croatia beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League ahead oftheir trip to London. England or Croatia has a chance to advance to the Final Four tournament if either can win the match on Sunday. A draw would see Spain advance from league A4 to the finals of Europe's new national-team competition.

Sime Vrsaljko and Tin Jedvaj celebrate for Croatia.

Tin Jedvaj's extraordinary double saw Croatia blow their Nations League pool wide open with a 3-2 win against Spain on Thursday, setting up a make-or-break clash with England. The World Cup finalists endured a miserable start to their Group 4 campaign in League A - thrashed by Spain in the reverse fixture and drawing with England - but they now head to Wembley in contention for a Finals place after an incredible finish in Zagreb. A tame first half was followed by a frantic second as Croatia were twice pegged back by a rampant Spain side, Dani Ceballos levelling after Andrej Kramaric's opener, before a Sergio Ramos penalty cancelled out Jedvaj's first international goal. But the Croatia full-back ensured his side would not be denied, lashing in a rebound in the dying seconds to keep the hosts in the running. Spain, meanwhile, face a nervous wait after completing their group campaign, now requiring a draw between the two teams in London to reach next year's knockout stage. David de Gea was drawn into a smart early stop, helping Ivan Perisic's deceptive low effort onto his right-hand post, but further first-half chances were sparse before Lovre Kalinic tipped away an Isco drive. The first goal was a gift when it finally did arrive. Sergio Ramos and Sergi Roberto traded passes in the corner before Perisic intercepted an impudent flick from the latter to send Kramaric through on goal, the forward keeping his cool to convert. Yet Spain suddenly awoke from their slumber and a flowing attacking move down the left concluded with Isco squaring for Real Madrid team-mate Ceballos to slide into the net. Kalinic lost the ball at Iago Aspas' feet for a seemingly simple Spanish second, but the forward prodded against the crossbar and Croatia were able to go up the other end and restore their lead, Jedvaj nodding Luka Modric's teasing cross in at close range. De Gea denied Ante Rebic on the break at one end before a frantic scramble saw Sime Vrsaljko block Alvaro Morata's on-target header at the other, though the right-back's handball allowed Ramos to convert from 12 yards out. However, there was still time for another twist as, with Croatia throwing everyone forward, De Gea could only parry a low shot as far as Jedvaj in a crowded penalty area, allowing the 22-year-old to settle a see-saw contest.