Ask a UK supermarket shopper to name a Jamaican food product and it is almost certain that, after bananas, they would cite jerk seasoning ­ a line which has been part of the island's culinary tradition for centuries. For Walkerswood Caribbean products, situated on a picturesque hillside about two hours' drive from Kingston, it has been a flagship product as the firm has cut a successful path into export markets in the US, Canada and the UK. It has its own sales office in Suffolk and is operating a back-to-back container distribution service into the UK. Sales into the British market rose 80% last year, and the products are listed by five major multiples, plus independents. Conceived in 1978 as a co-operative, it has brought employment and prosperity to the surrounding community of Walkerswood in the island's St Ann parish. Its new 30,000 sq ft factory, set to open next year, will enjoy standalone freezone status, which will allow all dutiable goods and materials used for its construction to attract duty free entitlement. The co-operative is also developing a pepper growing facility which, partly financed by US cash, will provide an operation for eight local producers. {{FEATURES }}