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>d DISTRIBUTORS Prime Distributors Prime Connections In 30 years, Prime Distributors has grown to become the largest food and beverage distribution company in the Caribbean islands. By Kathryn Jones s the largest food distribution company in the Caribbean islands, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antillesbased Prime Distributors is not just celebrating its 30th anniversary – it’s celebrating 30 years of continued success, Managing Director Danny Ramchandani says. Prime Distributors has come a long way since Ramchandani founded the business in 1981. A native of India, he immigrated to St. Maarten in 1972 to work in the electronics industry. After nearly a decade, Ramchandani felt he had accomplished all he could company profile in the electronics industry. However, there was plenty left to do in the Prime Distributors importing business. “Imported food costs were Headquarters: St. Maarten, very high at that time,” Ramchandani recalls. “I Netherlands Antilles Employees: 150 noticed we could do a lot better at pricing and saw Specialty: Food and beverage disan opportunity to diversify, so that’s what motivated tribution Danny Ramchandani, founder me to get into the food industry.” and managing director: “We’ve Ramchandani started Prime Distributors out a grown by leaps and bounds.” 2,000-square-foot warehouse with two employees 142 food & drink • fall 2011 • << Prime Distributors has become the largest food distribution company in the Caribbean, and it says it has plans for further growth in the years ahead. A by his side. Today, the company has 150 employees, a 150,000-square-foot warehouse and a fleet of 23 trucks. “We’ve grown by leaps and bounds,” he says. “We had to move to [a new facility] every year for the first five years.” Prime distributes products to customers in St. Maarten, St. Martin, Anguilla, Antigua, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadalope, Guyana, Monsterrat, Nevis, Saba, Statia, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Tortola, Turks & Caicos and other islands. Caribbean Leader Prime Distributors has a dominant presence on the islands. It distributes to

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food and Drink - Fall 2011

Food and Drink - Fall 2011
Tableside Chat
News a la Carte
In the Safe Zone
Strengthing Brands
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Willie’s Restaurants
Slack’s Hoagie Shack
The Cheese Steak Shop
Aloha Hospitality Inc.
Bertucci’s Corp
Falcon Holdings LLC
Mark’s Pizzeria
Seasons Pizza
San Diego State University Dining Services
Producers: Food Law
Brook & Whittle Ltd. incorporating Packstar
Nestle Professional Caribbean
Snyder’s-Lance Inc.
Basic American Foods
Evolution Fresh
Berto’s Gelato & Sorbet
Jensen Meat Co
Tumbador Chocolate
Leclerc Foods USA Inc.
FX Matt Brewing Co.
Green Organic Vegetable Inc.
Deli Star Inc.
Always Bagels
National Choice Bakery
Sequoia Orange Co.
Spring Glen Fresh Foods
Westshore Pizza
Distributors: Total Recall
Columbia Distributing
Castella Imports Inc.
Co-Sales Company
Brick Brewing Co. Limited
Prime Distributors
Retailers: What’s in Store
AriZona Beverage Co.
Le Grand Marche
Three Things

Food and Drink - Fall 2011