As the island’s premier distributor, Brydens provides top quality products from internationally recognized manufacturers
The first Bryden development started in Barbados when it was incorporated in 1941 as a private LLC and became A.S. Bryden and Sons (Barbados) Ltd. It then went public in 1974 and in 2004 was wholly acquired by ANSA McAL Ltd. and is now named Bryden Stokes (the merger of Brydens Distribution and Stokes & Bynoe).
Other partnerships and subsidiaries of the Brydens group include A.S. Bryden and Sons (Antigua) Ltd and Bryden and Minors Ltd. in Grenada. Both companies bear split ownership between the Minors family, namely Gerald Smith & Company and Ansa McAL Ltd, 60/40.
A.S. Bryden & Sons (Antigua) Ltd. has been in business since 1964 and is Antigua’s largest marketing and distribution company. The late Mr. William “Bill” Minors laid the foundation for Brydens Antigua and started the company with just 5 employees and 10 product lines, focusing on consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and spirits.
In August 2000, the Food Service Division – initially called Green Acres Division – was added and began servicing many deluxe hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and major supermarkets.
After the sudden passing of Mr. Minors in 2007, his daughter, Ms. Frances-Ann Minors became Managing Director of the company and continued on the journey to develop Brydens into an enterprising player within the industry.
Building upon Frances-Ann’s own passion for wines, the Wine Division was added in 2012 and continues to be a major player, with an impeccable reputation for providing customers with fine wines and liquors, catering to the many different needs of consumers.
Today, the company has 152 employees and represents over 100 different product lines. Brydens services its customers with a broad range of high quality products and well-loved international brands. Brands such as Nestle, Unilever, Kimberly Clark, Carib Breweries Limited, Novartis, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Astra Zeneca, House of Bacardi, Kraft, Mondelez, Edgewll, Patron International Spirits, Demerara Distillers Limited, Billecart-Salmon, Batasiolio, Farnese, E&J Gallo, and Bermudez Group of Companies.
A better future, a brighter day. From humble beginnings to one of Antigua’s most successful business enterprises, this has been and will continue to be the Brydens way.
“A better future, a brighter day, the A.S. Bryden way,”
Our objective is to satisfy our customers by exceeding their expectations. We focus on wholesale distribution to hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies.
We specialize in bringing to the marketplace the best quality products from well established major manufacturers who are leaders in their own fields.
We accomplish our objective while maintaining high employee morale, revenue growth and return on investment.
- We believe in outstanding customer service in everything we do
- We believe in a dedication to high ethical and legal standards in all aspects of conducting business.
- We believe in a dedication to teamwork and partnership with our customers, suppliers, and employees
- We believe in a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.
- We believe in a respect for individual, family and community.
By adhering to these beliefs, we are able to contribute to our clients’ success and enjoy a stimulating and dynamic work environment.
The successful business operation and reputation of A.S. BRYDEN & SONS (ANTIGUA) LTD is built upon the principles of fair dealing and ethical conduct of our Employees. Our reputation for integrity and excellence requires careful observance of the spirit and letter of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct.
Compliance with this policy of business ethics and conduct is the responsibility of every A.S. BRYDEN & SONS (ANTIGUA) LTD Employee. Disregarding or failing to comply with this standard of business ethics and conduct could lead to disciplinary action, including possible termination.
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
- Credit!!! – for credit-worthy customers
- Agent for global major brands
- Investment in our employees through training
- Conducts the most sales promotions locally
- Largest employer of local distributors
- Largest fleet of delivery and sales vans on the road
- One stop shopping for dry, frozen and pharmaceutical goods
- High caliber, dynamic employees
- Buying power
- Largest supplier of a variety of quality consumer goods under one roof
- Support from our suppliers in terms of recalled items
- General policy on damages/returns
- A & P for our brands both on and off trade = financial support for the customer both big and small.
An associated company of Brydens Antigua, Dunblare Import Export Inc. is a freight forwarding service from Miami serving the Caribbean. Our services include LCL (Less than Container Load), FCL (Full Container Load), air freight consolidations, warehousing, crating and packaging, and personal effect barrel shipping. Our Miami headquarters include a 35,000 sq. ft. warehouse with 11 dock-height doors.
When you choose Dunblare for your sourcing and shipping needs, you are guaranteed the ultimate in customer service. From your very first shipment you are assigned an export officer who will handle all of your shipping documentation and answer any questions you may have. Whoever is initially assigned to your account will always handle your account, leading to the long-term relationships that help us deliver superior service. You will never have to worry about who you’ll be talking to and dealing with when processing a shipment with Dunblare.
Which brings us to another point; at Dunblare, a human being always answers the phone. No automation – we believe in the personal touch. We believe our job is to make the shipping process as easy as possible for our customers and speaking to our experienced export officers help us achieve this goal. We know our customers just want to get their shipments from one place to another as easily and effortlessly as possible. So that’s precisely what we do.
You can also rest assured knowing that our knowledgeable staff has 50+ years of experience in sourcing and shipping from the U.S. to Grenada, Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad, St. Lucia and many other destinations throughout the Caribbean.
Frances – Ann Minors has been at the helm of A.S. Bryden & Sons (Antigua) Ltd for 10 years, following the untimely passing of her father, Mr. William “Bill” Minors, in November, 2007. Though having grown up in the family business, and holding roles at Brydens during her college years, the sudden passing of her father meant she only had an extremely short leadership transition (four months). However, with the support and cooperation of the then management team, Frances-Ann accepted the challenge to lead the organization.
Frances Ann completed her secondary education at the Christ The King High School and then went on to receive her Associates Degree from the Santa Fe Community College, and then a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Florida. After working several years in the United States, she then went back to school where she earned an (MBA) Masters of Business Administration From the European School of Management (ESCP-EAP), in France in 2007.
Upon her return to Antigua in 2007, her focus was on the organizational re-structuring of Brydens, that typically follows the ‘changing of the guards’ . Her intension was to build a strong management team that would help propel the Company forward, while maintaining its leadership position in the market. Next was attracting new portfolios and expanding the business, first with the establishment of a wine division as well as the growth and expansion of its existing divisions. Frances -Ann’s vision for the company is to be the leading distribution company in Antigua and Barbuda by delivering quality product and customer service. She is a strong believer in community development and directs the company’s participation in community outreach and charitable activities.
Family oriented, Frances – Ann aims to create her own legacy for employees to follow. She hopes that her leadership, drive, respect for her employees and focus on professionalism will engender a response of personal commitment and dedication From all members of the Brydens family.
Gregory Mazely began his tenure with Brydens in August, 2000. The then Managing Director, Mr. William “Bill” Minors, recognizing Gregory’s extensive industry experience invited him to join the team, to manage the start up of a new division of the company, the Green Acres Division which was intended to operate as the company’s Food Service Division.
Gregory was educated initially at Fatima College in Port of Spain Trinidad, where he completed his secondary education. He continued on to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Barry University in Miami, Florida. His initial work experiences were with Gallo Winery, in Florida where he held the great responsibility for two major accounts, Publix and Winn Dixie followed by a stint with Island Provisions in Antigua, as Food Services Manager. Greg owes a great deal of his knowledge of the Food Services industry to two top chefs on the island at the time. He benefited immensely from their mentorship and was able to transfer his experience to his management position here at A.S Brydens.
In the capacity of General Manager, Greg is responsible for tasks including but not limited to oversight of the general operations of the Food Services Warehouse, management of the procurement process for the majority of the division, management of the sales, brokerage and costing aspects of the business directly relating to his division, and management of logistics relating to shipment of goods from the associate agencies of Brydens, Dunblare & Grenaco located in Florida, USA.
As leader, Greg aims to reach the pinnacle of his craft and pass his drive for professionalism and success unto his team. He also has aspirations of expanding the retail aspect of the Food Services Division and offering the best customer service and product quality on the island.
In the Summer of 2016, William Stanley Minors returned home to Antigua and decided to make the change from his previous hospitality career, to join his father’s wholesale distribution company. He has teamed together with his sister, Frances-Ann Minors, the Managing Director of the company to build and expand on their father’s legacy. Stanley’s main goal is to help re-enforce and hold paramount, the company’s focus on customer service and to further develop Brydens as a competitive, modern-day, progressive institution.
He opened the company’s first retail store in English Harbour called The Cork & Basket – a Wine, Food & Spirits emporium and is currently working on plans to redefine the company’s local image and upgrade the physical plant facility. Stanley’s asset to the company is his social and creative skills being used to increase local account business and introduce to the trade, new and exciting portfolios to the ever changing trends of the food service industry. You can contact him on his personal email at email@example.com or the company’s direct line at (268) 462-1812. His mantra is all about social diversity through anti-discrimination, employee empowerment, networking, and intrapreneurship. He says by embracing people’s differences, we could spark innovation and better understand and serve our customers’ needs to gain competitive advantage.
His spare time in Antigua, has him involved as an active alumni of The St. Joseph’s Academy School Board – the high school he attended in the 1980’s. Stanley’s social moments away from the job are highlighted by enjoying the company of friends, fine wines and great food. He continues to enjoy his own culinary creations at home with his wife and three daughters. His personal interests include physical health activities, interior design, travel, art and architecture.
Stanley earned his Cum Laude Honours, Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida International University in Hospitality Management with a minor in Culinary Arts. He became the Restaurant Manager of The Chart House Restaurant in Melbourne, Florida and remained in this position for two years, prior to his twenty year reign as the Managing Director of The Beach House Restaurant in Grenada. During his time off work in Grenada, Stanley was an active Board member of the L’Anse Aux Epines Homeowners Association, a member on the Grenada National Culinary Team, judge of Grenada’s National Bartending Competitions Committee and developed his very own interior consulting and design company – Island Livin’.
Donni Dowe is a career Financial Controller with more than twenty (20) years experience in varied industries. He is the newest member of the Brydens senior management team having joined the team in August, 2017. Prior to joining the team at Brydens, his last positions (General Manager and Chief Accountant) were with the Antigua Village Condo Beach Resort.
From the start of his tenure, Donni has displayed a strong work ethic, and an interest in establishing accounting controls, policies and procedures intended to enhance good governance. He is also still learning TechOne, the company’s business solution software, and building relationships with his team members. As Financial Controller, he manages the brokerage section, costings section, cash collections as well as the accounts payable department.
Donni’s vision is to improve on the efficiency and accuracy of the Accounting Department at A. S. Bryden.
Lucette James is a Human Resource Consultant and Manager with 20+ years experience. She has worked and consulted with a variety of corporations, inclusive of statutory corporations, public and private sector. Her industry specific experience includes telecommunications & utilities, Offshore, Casino resorts, the gaming industry, aviation, and distribution.
Ms. James is a Human Resource Generalist who is an expert communicator and negotiator with strong conflict resolution skills. She has an extensive background in policy drafting, strategic planning, manpower forecasting, compensation & benefits, recruitment and retention, government relations, industrial relations, mediation and records management. She has also served on various national policy drafting and review committees, and has been an invited speaker and participant at various HR forums, on behalf of the Antigua & Barbuda Employer’s Federation.
Some of her accomplishments include growing start-up organizations from 0-100+ employees, spearheading an airline’s region-wide training for migration to new computer software and she is particularly skilled in program design and organizational review.
Ms. James is a Certified Aviation Trainer and has a Bsc Business Administration with Honors (concentration in Human Resource Management), and a Diploma and various certificates in Human Resource Management. She is a member from inception of the Human Resource Professionals of Antigua & Barbuda.
In her private life, Ms. James is a wife and mother, who enjoys travel, camping and reading in her spare time, as well as church and community activities. She also holds dual citizenship (Antigua & St. Kitts/Nevis).
Ms. James also currently serves as the current President of the Royal Gardens Homeowner’s Association and Secretary of the National Coalition of Neighborhood Watches of Antigua & Barbuda. She is a past Director of Training (Antigua branch) for the St. Johns Ambulance a leading international first aid charity operating in Antigua & Barbuda and past Secretary of the Antigua & Barbuda Shooting Club.
Frances is an innovative, tenacious and talented Marketing Professional. She joined Brydens Antigua in 2015 as the Marketing and Communications Manager.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Frances Ann brings with her an exceptional work ethic and directs Media, Brand, Advertising & Website development. She also manages and oversees sponsorships, events, charitable contributions and training.
She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and entertainment working within a wide cross section of industries throughout her career including Tourism, Financial Services, Distribution, Beauty and Research. Her international educational and broad-based background has fueled her innovative and creative spirit and has shaped her into a brand builder with excellent marketing and communication strategies. Recognized for her decisive leadership Frances Ann has a proven ability to face challenges head-on and execute sound decisions.
An avid traveler and self appointed foodie, in her spare time Frances loves to experience new cultures, try different foods and meet new people. Passionate about her family and friends you will often find her planning her next adventure over a glass of vino.
Frances is Associate Member ACIM of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) 2008 and also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Business School.
Mrs. Jasmine Trimingham, née James, rejoined the Brydens family in March, 2011 as the Manager for the Van Sales Department. Her responsibilities were expanded within a few short months in October, 2011 when she accepted the role of Sales Manager (General). Today, Jasmine is the Sales Manager company-wide, managing the entire sales force (employees as Brydens main, Food Service Division and our Van Sales Operations).
Jasmine is the consummate sales manager: selling is in her blood and she is a passionate and aggressive sales person, mentoring and motivating her team members to greater success. She boasts in depth knowledge of the entire market locally and enjoys strong relationships built with customers and suppliers spanning more than 20 years.
Prior to returning to Brydens (where she previously held the posts of Sales Representative and Sales Manager), she served as General Manager for the Bargain Center Supermarket, a large and profitable operation locally. She has extensive experience managing the start up of wholesale operations, managing and motivating large teams (30+ employees), training and has a tangible record of sales growth in every position in which she has worked. She also has significant experience in executing promotional events and brand awareness.
In her spare time, Jasmine is the married mother of two. She is an avid sportsperson, who enjoys biking, hiking and playing basketball. She conceptualized the recent extremely successful interdepartmental basketball championships, as a way to foster team spirit and unity amongst Brydens employees. She was educated in the US Virgin Islands, and is in the process of completing studies in Management, online.
Sharon Green heads the Wine Divison at A.S. Brydens Antigua Ltd. She joined the company in November 2012 with the sole purpose of creating the division and developing the Wine portfolio. She manages a staff complement of two in her division and is actively involved in sales herself.
Sharon is a Wine Sommelier who enjoys tasting and studying wine—from its history to its production. She enjoys educating people about the best ways to experience wine and encouraging them and proposing new wines to them.
Her time is spent working along and empowering her two assistants, managing the wine inventory, sourcing new wines, developing and overseeing the wine menus and wine programs at different venues, executing wine events, training restaurant wine teams, liaising with wine suppliers, analyzing the market and adopting creative strategies to grow the wine portfolio, and growing and maintaining the company’s wine collection.
Sharon is a driven and strategic-thinking marketing professional with extensive experience in the Eastern Caribbean region, as well as some International markets. She enjoys looking for challenges that synthesize creativity, cleverness, and the meticulous application of usage conventions. She has worked in a diverse set of business sectors including Tourism, Food and Beverage, Manufacturing, Financial Services and Consulting in the areas of Marketing, PR, Business development and Training. She has a proven track record managing multi-cultural teams and a communications specialist working with ad agencies, PR firms and media buyers.
Sharon has a bachelor of Commerce Degree with a major in Marketing from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of the West Indies, and a Sommelier Diploma from the United States Sommelier Association Wine School. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and gastronomical experiences around the world with good wines, visiting wineries, learning more about Oenology, reading and relaxing at the beach with friends.
Eleisha Yetzer joined the Brydens family in 2011. She was recruited, as a Registered Nurse to understudy the role of Pharmaceutical Manager, as the then manager had attained retirement age with no clear successor identified. That may have seemed a daunting task to Eleisha as her predecessor had grown the Pharmacy Department from strength to strength, and had built strong relationships with our partners, particularly with the Medical Benefits Scheme and the Mount St. John Medical Center.
Eleisha started her career at Brydens as as a Pharmaceutical Representative for Novartis pharmaceuticals. She attained the post of Pharmaceutical Manager in September of 2015. Ms. Yetzer has garnered a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in the areas of medicine and pharmaceuticals, through diligence and attendance at several conferences with suppliers annually.
Mrs. Yetzer is originally from Santa Cruz, Trinidad. She attended the St. Joseph’s Convent High School in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She then went on to the North London Joint College of Health Studies in the United Kingdom, where she acquired a degree in Nursing. She moved onto the United States to continue her training as a practicing nurse for 4 years in New Jersey. Prior to joining the management team at Brydens, For 10 years she managed the private practice of Dr. Belizaire. She also worked at the Adelin Medical Clinic, Crossroad Rehabilitation Clinic and the US Air station. She also taught nursing and medical students at the American University of Antigua.
As Pharmaceutical Manager, Ms. Yetzer is responsible in which each team member plays a vital role in the effectiveness of the department. She is responsible for supplying the majority of the pharmaceuticals across the island. The department supplies major companies such as Medical Benefits and Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, and pharmacies, clinics, private practices, hairdressers and grocery stores. Her duties include maintaining relationships with our various customers, ordering goods, monitoring and managing inventory levels, and employee management. She also has the responsibility of maintaining the company’s relationships with various pharmaceutical suppliers including Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Roche, Collins, Carlisle, P.A. Benjamin, and Australian Gold. The department also supplies pharmaceuticals to Barbuda, The Virgin Islands and St.Kitts.
Eleisha’s vision for her department and the company is to expand operations regionally, supplying pharmaceuticals to other countries across the region.
Eleisha is a family oriented, knowledge seeking, lover of children, who is motivated to lead her team to even greater success.
Ingrid Michael has been employed with A.S. Bryden & Sons as the Accounts Receivables and Computer Systems Manager for 14 years. She has 20+ years experience in IT Management within both public and private sectors, and holds a BBA degree in Management Information Systems (M.I.S)
Ms. Michael has an extensive portfolio of responsibilities including but not limited to the efficient operations of the company’s IT system, management of the relationships with external IT consultants and telecommunication support entities regarding Information Technology, managing the company’s Accounts Receivables functions, the logistics for quarterly and annual stock taking procedures, and internal training.
She is often the last to leave the building because of her responsibility to secure the company’s servers, all other equipment, software and data, in the face of natural disasters, electrical issues, and network expansions. She supports both management and administrative personnel with a compliment of six clerks.
From her hectic days, Ms. Michael retires to the country for rest and relaxation. She maintains a passion for Art and Photography, collects vintage movies from the 1920’s – 1960’s, and an avid supporter of philanthropic efforts.
Mr. Whitfield McKinnon joined the Brydens family in January, 1991. This makes him the longest serving manager with the company, a whopping 27 years of tenure. He started his tenure as a Warehouse Supervisor and quickly climbed the ranks to his current position of Warehouse Manager which he has held since 2000. Prior to employment with Brydens, Mr. McKinnon served in a supervisory capacity at the St. James Club.
”Mr. Mack”, or “Brother Mack” as he is affectionately known by all Brydens employees is a strategist, a logistics man, with a keen eye for detail, and insistent on exceptional quality of warehouse organization and cleanliness. He is also a stickler for discipline, efficiency, compliance with established policies and professional deportment in his team of over 50 persons. He is also a skilled handy-man, called upon for every fix-it type job on the company’s premises. However, his substantive duties include the management of a large warehouse, the company’s off premises bonded warehouse, and the company’s fleet of over 40 vehicles. He also coordinates efficient teamwork.
Mr. McKinnon is a humble deeply religious man and when not putting in long hours at Brydens, he is actively involved in ministry at the St. Johns Pentecostal House of Restoration. He is married to Rose and they have one child Isaiah. His vision is to maintain an efficient, well-kept and modern warehouse, with employees that deliver courteous, professional service consistently meeting required timelines and deadlines focusing on customer satisfaction.
Mr. Edleawn Barton was promoted to the post of Warehouse Manager of the Green Acres (Food Service Division) in 2002. By that time, he had already enjoyed significant tenure with Brydens, having first been employed with the company in 1991. Through hard work, dedication and exemplary conduct, he worked his way up the ladder of success.
Originally from Grays Farm Village, Edleawn credits his humble beginnings with keeping him humble, and able to relate to his team members, thereby creating a strong, united team. Edleawn attended the Ottos Comprehensive School and then was awarded a sports scholarship earning first an Associate’s Degrees in Science from the John Wood Community College And finally a Bachelor of Science Degree in the area of Marketing in 1999 from the Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas.
As Warehouse Manager he is responsible for managing a team of 23 employees at the Food Service Division warehouse and all aspects of operations for a busy warehouse. His duties include but are not limited to employee management, scheduling and work assignments, assisting with fleet management, inventory control, housekeeping and delivery scheduling. He is also required to maintain operations in keeping with HACCP standards established, thereby ensuring food safety and quality. Mr Barton also has a vision to take the company to the next level regarding delivery of quality customer service. A sports fanatic at heart, youthful in mind, Edlawn Barton’s drive for excellence is funded by his dedication to elevate his Brydens family in any way possible.
Brydens Antigua has a sales and marketing team of 50 professionals comprising Marketing and Sales, Brand Managers, Merchandisers, Van Sales Team and Sales Representatives.
Our distribution fleet consists of 27 vehicles servicing approximately all channels of the trade throughout Antigua and Barbuda.
- Horeca which is made up of Luxe Hotels, Deluxe Hotels and 100+ Restaurants
- Major Supermarkets
- Mini Supermarkets & Superettes
- Down trade shops
- Yachting Clientele
- Private Villas