SINCE 1966, Caribbean Foods Limited has manufactured the leading brand of rolled oats in Jamaica: Foska Oats. The story began in 1964, when Lauritz Ramson entered into a joint-venture agreement with Kellogg’s to manufacture Foska Oats in Jamaica. Foska Oats was imported from Denmark from a Kellogg’s subsidiary company. On January 10, 1966, the venture became a reality with the establishment of Caribbean Foods Limited. In 1967, Caribbean Foods became a member of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), and to demonstrate its support for the ‘Buy Jamaica, Build Jamaica’ initiative, they placed that logo on the packaging of its Foska Oats products.
Caribbean Foods Ltd became 100 per cent Jamaican owned in 1991 when it was fully bought out from the Kellogg’s company. This resulted in the Foska trademark being owned by Jamaicans and registered in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Barbados.
Caribbean Foods Ltd manufactures Foska Oats for both local and international markets and currently exports to the Caribbean (Barbados, St Lucia, The Bahamas, and Grand Cayman), USA (Florida, New York, and Atlanta), Canada, and the United Kingdom. Locally, the Foska Oats brand is distributed by Chas. E. Ramson Ltd.
Foska Oats is 100 per cent rolled oats, the richest of all cereal grains. It’s a powerhouse of vitamin B, minerals, muscle-building protein, and its natural fibres help to reduce the cholesterol level in your blood stream.
In June 2014, Caribbean Foods Limited launched an extension to the Foska Oats line: Foska Oatmeal. Foska Oatmeal is an instant porridge that allows consumers to enjoy a tasty and nutritious breakfast, even while on the go. Foska Oatmeal is available in two delicious flavours – original and banana. Foska Oatmeal is made with the same quality natural rolled oats that Foska Oats enthusiasts have come to love.
Foska Oats’ nutritional value and wholesome goodness have undoubtedly made it Jamaica’s favourite family cereal.