APFI is a small food processing Company formed in 2013 with our factory located at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, Guyana. But the foods processed there originates in the agricultural regions of Guyana, especially Pomeroon River, Essequibo, an area that is part of the Amazon Basin. Water in the Pomeroon River is of a dark red color extracted from the tannin of fallen leaves over which the rain water travels on its way to the River. Since 1650, when a small group of Dutch Settlers occupied the banks of the River, organized farming has been its main occupation.
Besides cash crops, the main crops grown in the Pomeroon are coconut, coffee and citrus. Farmers are disadvantaged by high transportation cost to get their product to the main market in Georgetown, Demerara and elsewhere. Processing is the solution but besides an Oil Mill established several years ago to produce cooking oils from coconut, only small cottage industries exist to process the output of the Region.
We, at APFI, have decided to change that. We will process all the major crops produced for the benefit of the Farmers there. We intend to produce the finest products using stringent quality control methods. Starting with coffee in 2015, we expect to expand to chocolate, breakfast spread, and coconut milk powder.
Louis Holder has over 40 years experience managing people and processes in a sizable New York Electric & Natural Gas Utility, and in a large Industrial Complex and Broadband Company in Guyana.
With a background in Economics, Business, Management and Engineering, he brings expertise, diversity in approach and completeness to the position. Louis’ expertise is valued by other Organizations and he has or is currently serving on several Company Boards ranging from Insurance, Medical Training and Real Estate.
Tyronne Gravesande has been in the electrical field for over 36 years. During that period he worked in instrument control process and repairs, in pneumatic and electronics. He also worked with the Guyana Power and Light electric company and as a consultant for a number of private companies.
His background also includes industrial, commercial and domestic electrical installation and is a certified contractor with the Government Electrical Inspectors Department/ Ministry of Works.
In December 2015, Amy's Pomeroon Foods Inc. received FDA Approval for exporting our packaged products to the continental United States.