Bahamas Food Services, Ltd. (BFS), formerly known as Island Sea Food (ISF), has been operating in the Bahamas since 1971, and is broadly regarded today, as the largest food distributor based in the Bahamas. BFS has moved from its roots, servicing New Providence Island restaurants to servicing both the foodservice and retail sectors in the Bahamas. Bahamas Food Services, Ltd. employs more than 300 residents of the Bahamas and is one of the largest purchasers and purveyors of local agricultural and local seafood products. BFS is a very strong broad-line distributor with over 9000 different items in stock, supplying fresh and frozen meats, fresh produce, dairy products, processed foods, beverages, chemicals, paper and restaurant equipment. BFS customers include retail outlets and convenience stores, resorts, hotels, private clubs, restaurants, hospitals, government facilities and related organizations, yachts and shipboard crews.
The primary islands for distribution include New Providence (Nassau), Grand Bahama (Freeport), Abaco (Marsh Harbor and Hope Town), Eleuthera, the Exumas, Long Island, San Salvador and Bimini. On New Providence, where the majority of Bahamians live and tourists visit, BFS utilizes a fleet of over 50 trucks for Direct Store and Restaurant Delivery 6 days a week. A combination of Inter-Island ferries and air transports are utilized to service our customers in the Family Islands.
The current BFS facility was completed in the summer of 2000. This state-of-the-art, 160,000 square foot complex is located on almost 20 acres and designed for rapid expansion if and when necessary. The complex consists of 4 climate controlled produce and meat refrigerated rooms, as well as a massive, high racked, general commodity freezer. In addition, the complex houses the entire executive, sales, and operations staff, a fully equipped test kitchen, a meat cutting room, a supplies and equipment showroom and the maintenance management offices. Adjacent to the main facility is a vehicle maintenance and fueling facility. Extensive truck and vehicle parking surrounds the storage facility accommodating the employee and customer parking needed on a daily basis as well as space for the delivery fleet. The facility is self-sufficient making its own water and the backup-power generation utilities serve to protect the perishable products stored here in the event of an emergency. When building the facility, every concern that a customer might have about food safety, service and convenience was designed into the 19 acre complex so that we could properly fill our role as Supplier to the Nation and preserve jobs for our employees well into the future.
Bahamas Food Services is committed to sourcing quality food products on a global basis for our customers and providing them with the highest level of service.
We recruit, hire and develop the best People and challenge them to deliver maximum value to our customers within a positive, collaborative, supportive, and goal oriented environment. We embrace the many perspectives, experiences, and skills derived from a diverse workforce. We foster mutual respect, dignity and consideration between our People and those People interacting, directly or indirectly, with our company.
We deliver Value to our customers by timely and competitively providing quality products paired with extraordinary service. Our Value is built upon broad general and deep specialty knowledge and experience, extensive resources and capabilities, a flexible and agile culture, and cost effective sourcing. Utilizing a wide range of feedbacks, we continuously challenge ourselves to maximize Value for our customers.
We appreciate the contributions we receive from the Community and greater society within which we exist. We are committed to contributing back to the Community a portion of the blessings bestowed upon us. We do this by committing resources of our company and our People toward making the world a better place.
We always strive to market Quality that meets or exceeds our partners’ expectations and requirements. We incorporate Quality in every process and practice we utilize and instill it into every aspect of our relationships. We measure our Quality by the satisfaction of our constituencies.
We operate our business with Integrity. The company and its employees adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior and principles. We endeavor to deal honestly, forthrightly, and without deception. We work hard to maintain and uphold superior business practices and to earn the trust of all.