In 1979, Hanschell Inniss Harrisons purchased a small meat cutting and packing plant. From there, hamburger patties were produced under the labels of All Beef Patties for foodservice customers and Eve Hamburgers for retail sale in supermarkets.
Staff then comprised a meat cutter and a manager. Within a few months of starting the decision was taken to build a small plant of 1,200 sq. ft. so as to expand the production of burgers and start production of fresh pork sausages. By mid 1980, the plant was in operation supplying fresh pork sausages and hamburger patties. Staff numbers had increased to 8 production workers, a clerk and a manager.
Further expansion occurred in 1982 with an additional 12,000 sq. ft. designed and built. Much guidance was obtained from Griffith Laboratories, Canada Packers and Schneiders of Canada. Consequently hams, bacon, wieners and sliced meats were added to the product range. At this time a separate company, H.I.H. Manufacturing Limited was formed to conduct the meat processing operations.
In 1990, H.I.H Manufacturing Ltd. was amalgamated with Barbados Packers and Canners Ltd., a company established in 1976, which produced both frozen meats and canned meats. This new entity became Hipac Limited.
Two years later, a merger with National Foods Limited resulted in expansion of the product portfolio as breaded chicken products such as nuggets, fillets and patties were added to Hipac's range.
Today all processing operations are located at Fontabelle and there are over 180 persons employed.
The traditional items of ham, bacon, wieners, sliced meats, hamburgers, fresh sausages, canned vienna sausages, luncheon meats, breaded chicken nuggets and patties continue to be produced by Hipac. These are branded under Farmer's Choice and Eve.
As consumer needs changed, Hipac was able to review the company's product offering and now produces a breaded seafood product range, which comprises breaded shrimp nuggets, fish sticks and fish patties. There is also a delicious vegetarian range of products which includes fish burgers, veggie burgers and veggie nuggets.
Several local and overseas companies also contract Hipac Limited to manufacture their own brands.
With the motto, "Nothing Less Than The Best", Hipac Limited is a fine example of a company that has grown from humble beginnings to one that now produces a wide range of high quality products.