A few weeks ago, I was craving coconut water. Within an hour, my very sweet boyfriend had purchased a dozen coconuts from someone selling them on the road, had his cousin chop them open to drain the liquid, and I was drinking it literally fresh from the fruit. We had collected a gallon of coconut water. It was so delicious.
Earlier this week, I was again craving coconut water and I was in the supermarket, so I picked up a couple of cans. It was only when I got home that I noticed that it was from Vietnam. I could have bought local coconut water manufactured by Grace, but picked up the GoodLife brand, assuming it too was locally sourced. Why is Jamaica importing coconut water? Not only are there local vendors who package and sell it, but you can get it on most street corners, straight from its original package.
This is a question for an economist, of course, and requires further research. Just thought I would point it out. I have also noticed that there are several brands of imported banana chips for sale in most stores. Why? I will ponder this today.