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  • Tortuga launches specialty rum cakes for Mexican, Dom Rep markets

    Tortuga Press Release

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA:
    Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes Limited, a subsidiary of Jamaica Producers (JP) Group has launched two specialty rum cakes for the tourist retail market in the Dominican Republican (DR) and Mexico.

    The new products — the Tortuga Mamajuana Rum Cake and the Mexican Vanilla Rum Cake — are produced in Tortuga’s state-of-the-art bakery in Kingston but includes flavours and ingredients unique to the respective Hispanic markets.

    The Ambassadors of Mexico and the Dominican Republic to Jamaica sampled the products during a tour of the JP Corporate Offices in Kingston on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

    “The taste was delicious. I commend that they explored it. For the company to produce Mexican flavoured cake is a good strategy,” said Mexican Ambassador His Excellency Juan Jose Gonzalez Mijares.

    For his part, Ambassador-Designate of the Dominican Republic to Jamaica, Félix Ramón Garcia Taveras, said he appreciates the business that JP does in the DR and will continue to support the company’s products.

    Tortuga is the brand owner, marketer and manufacturer of the Caribbean’s leading food souvenir product, the Tortuga Rum Cake. It expects the specialty cakes to be a hit in the respective markets, with the DR in particular, which is leading Caribbean travel destination with visits of 6.5 million tourists in 2018.

    The Mamajuana Rum Cake is inspired by the traditional and cultural Dominican beverage featuring rum, wine, honey, herbs and cured tree bark — all mixed together to create this delectable flavour that resonates with the Dominican people.

    Meanwhile, the Mexican Vanilla Rum Cake is inspired from distinct and bold flavours born purely out of Mexican vanilla bean. This distinctive flavour is unique and is intended to bring a bold mixture of rum and Mexican vanilla, which symbolises a Mexican/Caribbean/Jamaican partnership.

    According to Jamaica Producers CEO Jeffery Hall, the Tortuga Mexican Vanilla Rum Cake and Tortuga Mamajuana Rum Cake, build on the existing business of producing specialty cakes for the Caribbean and Florida markets.

    The product line, produced in Tortuga’s Safe Quality Food Level 2 certified bakery in Kingston, already includes Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Rum Cake and Florida Key Lime Rum Cake, among others.

    “Our product development team is currently designing products targeted to specific accounts and trading partners on the Southern USA and Central America,” he added.

    Hall further revealed that the new products pay homage to Jamaica’s relationship with the Spanish-speaking markets.

    Investing in the Caribbean

    “Investment from Mexico and The Dominican Republic is good for Jamaica. It is a testament to our openness and attractiveness as a destination.  It also makes us more competitive and more networked with international markets,” he said. 

    He added that the island has been the beneficiary of significant inbound investment from the Dominican Republic and Mexico, across many sectors including tourism and attractions, construction material, airports, motor vehicles and equipment and agriculture.

    “We continue to invest in marketing developments to realise further revenue growth across the travel retail sector”, JP Group said in its annual report.

    Tortuga has strategically focused on the travel retail market across the Caribbean, including most major air and cruise ports, principal hotel and gift locations and over 100 cruise ships.

    This investment is paired with new product innovation, which took a major step forward in 2018 with the launch of a bite-sized rum cake product (Tortuga Rum Cake Bites).

    Tortuga’s operations extend across the Caribbean with manufacturing facilities also in the Cayman Islands, a distribution facility in Florida and a commercial presence in those locations and in Barbados.

  • Mother’s Day Musings

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    May is the month of flowers, picnics in the park, and memorable moments in the sun. But most importantly, it celebrates all things bright and beautiful - Moms! This month celebrates Mother's Day with a sweet treat for a sweet Mom with Tortuga Rum Cakes!

    Cherish this special person called Mom. Abe Lincoln famously said, "All that I am and ever hope to be, I owe it to my Mother." And that rings true for all of us. Without our moms, who are we - so thank you for the memories and all that you have been! Thank you for signing up for a lifetime tenure without pay, pension or perks to chauffer, cook and clean. Thank you for all the trials and tribulations we shared, with you standing right by me.

    And you can thank your Mom by sending her our finest Cinnamon & Raisin or maybe our very classic Blue Mountain Coffee as she deserves only the best. The title ‘Mom’ is only higher than the Queen.

    Take this time to honor all the women you call your tribe - sisters, friends, grandmas, aunts, and mentors. And for each special someone, Tortuga Rum Cakes has something just right for them.

    With life’s incessant chatter of drama and deadlines, take a moment to share some coffee and cake with a cherished loved one and let them know - You make all this worthwhile. Let’s raise a toast to moms everywhere!

  • Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

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    By now you’ve noticed the pumpkin spice flavored products that have invaded nearly every aisle of the grocery store, and the menus of almost every dessert shop.
    The leaves have started to show off their fall colors, and are becoming piles on the ground perfect for jumping.

    Mornings are filled with crisp cool air and a longing for that first cup of coffee. It’s hard to deny the aroma of fresh ground coffee, the cozy warm flavors that dance on your tongue, and the welcome dose of caffeine. Tortuga gourmet coffees are made only from 100% Arabica beans, a superior grade of coffee valued for its flavor and aroma. Our packages come with a 'freshness seal' that locks in the taste to ensure the very finest cup of coffee.

    So let us make your mornings delightful with our Tortuga Rum Cream Coffee. And for those who embrace all things pumpkin this season, here is a complimentary recipe for homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. Made with all-natural ingredients and no refined sugar. Filled with pumpkin, spices, vanilla and maple syrup. Ready in 5 minutes!

    INGREDIENTS
    1 cup half and half
    2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
    2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    INSTRUCTIONS
    Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking frequently. Once all ingredients are combined, remove from heat. Use immediately or transfer to a container and refrigerate for up to one week.

  • Halloween with a Tropical Twist

    81344Halloween isn’t just for kids. Pumpkins start creeping their way into the office, plastic spiders crawl across the break room counter, and then there’s the candy. It all starts to blur together, but we’ve got something to make you stand out from the crowd. Impress your colleagues with our Tortuga Rum Flavored Salt Water Taffy.

    Saltwater Taffy is a classic candy that usually brings up lots of fun memories. Soft and chewy in texture with fun swirls of color, there are a seemingly endless variety of flavors. Our homemade Salt Water Taffy is made from the finest ingredients using a special recipe.

    Put a tropical twist on your Halloween with 8 unique rum flavors: Rum and Cola, Coconut Rum, Banana Rum, Mango Rum, Pineapple Rum, Orange Liqueur and Rum Punch.

  • Tortuga's Throwback Thursday

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    Throwing it back to 34 years ago, when Captain Robert Hamaty and his wife Carlene noticed that tourists exploring the Cayman Islands would often leave with memorabilia and products, none of which were authentically Caribbean. That one observation is what started what we know and love as Tortuga Rum Cakes.

    They introduced the first rums of the Cayman Islands, primarily to appeal as a souvenir to the growing tourist and cruise passenger business. In 1987, they opened the first Tortuga duty free liquor store and later that year, introduced the now world-famous Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cake. This four-generation-old family recipe has won Tortuga Rum Cakes the "Best Cruise Souvenir" award by Porthole Cruise Magazine for 13 consecutive years.

    Now we offer rum cakes in a variety of flavors, coffee, sauces, and high-quality chocolate treats. You can find our products in duty-free shops across all major North American and Caribbean airports, in onboard gift shops of more than 100 cruise ships, and shipped around the world directly from our website.

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