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Limited Time – Curb-Side Pick-Up For Food Orders

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Limited Time – Curb-Side Pick-Up For Food Orders

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Want to Place Your Order and Pick-Up With Limited Personal Contact?

In the current health crisis, we are offering, for a limited time, customers the opportunity to order and collect their orders curbside.

Keep reading to see how to order for a curbside collection.

Step 1:

Call ahead (235-5020 ext. 245 or mobile 280-9267 ) and order. This allows us to have it ready for you when you arrive so that the process goes as fast as possible.

Step 2:

When calling please state your Name/Business which you would like to be billed. As well as, your vehicle license plate in which you would be picking up the goods.

Step 3:

When you arrive, let the guard know why you are here and he will direct you where to park.

Step 4:

Call to let us know you are ready for collection once parked. (235-5020 ext. 245 or mobile 280-9267 )

Step 5:

Someone will come out to you for payment and to confirm your information.

Step 6:

Your goods will be brought out to your vehicle. Please make sure to check you got the right order before leaving the compound.

You may have a little waiting time but please bear with us as we are trying to get your order as quick as we can. Thank you for your time! We strive every day to serve you better. Order now!

Our sales representatives are ready and waiting to take your call and your order. we hope to see you soon! Order now on 1-868-235-5020.

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Why Do Prices and Stock Availability of Frozen Foods Vary So Much?

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Why Do Prices and Stock Availability of Frozen Foods Vary So Much?

What is the Real Reason Food Prices and Stocks Vary?

A question like this is on the lips of many Westco clients as hospitality comes back to life and the country begins to shake off the paralysing effects of a pandemic that has gripped the globe for the past 2 years. Here we outline some key factors in the equation.

The food and drink trade plays an important part in all our lives from the weekly shop to the restaurant and as Trinidad & Tobago relies heavily on imported foods, Westco, and other suppliers like us, have been faced with not only the challenges that were present before but also new and more significant ones.

In this blog, we seek to sum up a few of these challenges to help our customers, and the population at large, understand the reason behind increasing prices.

Why Do Prices and Stock Availability of Frozen Foods Vary So Much?

Currency Swings and How This Influences Prices

As most frozen food is imported from the USA, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other nations that have to be paid in either their currency or USD, foreign exchange rates have a significant impact on the cost of the food to the end-user.

It is important to understand the relationship of the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD) to other currencies in the FOREX market. The TTD is a floating exchange rate against the USD.

Here we have shown a graph showing the February 2021 – February 2022 fluctuations between the TTD and USD and a live chart showing an up to date average rate for the TTD against 4 major currencies.

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This graphically shows just how much variation there has been, and this directly impacts frozen food product prices as they are primarily imported, and overseas suppliers need to be paid in foreign currency.

This goes some way to explaining why imported food products like beef, salted fish, pigtails, and other products, can be quite noticeably up or down in price from one week to the next, month to month or year to year.

Some links here help with explaining the T&T Central Bank’s role in regulating the currency and what a floating exchange rate is:

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Supply, Demand, And Seasonal Factors

There will always be peaks and troughs in demand related to seasonal events – like turkey being in demand for Christmas time, fish and seafood in the Lent season and other such factors.

These events are not only local but put an increased demand, on a somewhat fixed supply, on global food suppliers.

It also can’t be denied that Trinidad and Tobago are not the largest markets in the world for popular lines – a good example being popcorn chicken – if a market the size of Japan, for example, wants this US-made product, it is, unfortunately, going to get preference over our Islands.

At Westco Foods we have had a few conversations with you, our customers, about this hugely popular product – we simply can’t satisfy high demand because of lack of supply.

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Unfortunately, COVID has exacerbated this challenge as workers have had to self-isolate in factories with some facilities being forced to close as the workforce was decimated. This then has led to a reduction in supply when the demand remains which drives the price up due to the economic law of scarcity.

Stockpiling food products ahead of anticipated demand, by buying at lower ‘off peak’ prices, rarely offers a viable answer to volatile prices because of the issue of expiry dates on food products and other health and food regulations.

The Role of Logistics

Along with the sheer destructive effect of the pandemic on actual food production facilities and companies, there is a considerable shortage of shipping containers in recent times. This has led to both a spike in prices and delays in shipping, the problem is at its worst with Asia, but is affecting food products being shipped from Europe as well.

Nils Haupt, of Hapag-Lloyd shipping, commented on the Ship Technology website:

“We are desperately looking for more capacity,” he says. “We are asking our customers to return empty containers earlier. We looked at containers that are currently in repair or ones which are meant to be sold because they have reached a certain age.

Please see also the Kuehne + Nagel website:

With the exit of Britain from the EU trading area there are now extra customs checks and paperwork because of Brexit affecting goods from the UK; particularly if goods are, for example, shipped on the route: Hull – Rotterdam – Port Of Spain.

Our Commitment – Quality Foods And Fair Pricing

These factors amount to a challenging time for the food and drink trade but at Westco Foods we are rising to this challenge in innovative ways.

Our customers are allocated a dedicated sales representative to discuss your requirements and ensure that they get the best quality frozen food products, on time, and at a reasonable price. This gives a reassuring and reactive point of contact focused on anticipating and meeting your needs, so you have less supply chain headaches.

We promise to always charge competitive fair prices for quality products to the foodservice and hospitality trades.

Please request a call from your sales representative to be set up with your personal pricelist and account on 1-868-235-5020 or email:

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Announcement! Change Is In The Air! – To Better Serve You!

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Announcement! Change Is In The Air! – To Better Serve You!

Your Cut Meats Simplified. 30 lbs per Case.

We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers at Westco Foods.

In the words of the late Winston Churchill –

‘To Improve, Is To Change.’

As part of our journey of continuous improvement, we are introducing new and improved systems and streamlining our processes.

Part of this change is that we are introducing a minimum order on cut meats that will increase our efficiency and help your order progress through our butchering department more smoothly.

ALL cut meats will now be sold in 30Lbs cases ONLY.

Customers need to order cut meat orders 2 days in advance. This applies to all orders, not only delivery. This is to ensure that there is no delay and that your order is delivered on time.

Keep an eye out for further updates and information as we continue the rollout of our new systems and processes.

Thank you for your ongoing business as loyal customers and we look forward to continuing to serve you and the Trinidad & Tobago food industry with quality products.

We appreciate your understanding as we implement these changes.

Cheers to a bright and successful future!

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3 Ways to Make the Best French Fries Ever!

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Amazing French Fries – 3 Ways to Make the Best French Fries Ever!

3 Ways to Make the Best French Fries Ever!

Are you craving those restaurant-style French Fries at home or just want to make some incredible fries for the family? We have some helpful tips and 3 different ways to cook french fries that are irresistible and will make you want more!

We all know that the common way to fry french fries (and disputed by some as the best and only way to cook them!) is to fry them in oil, otherwise known as ‘deep fat frying’. This is where the name comes from! But how about 2 other healthier ways? Yes! You can enjoy that amazing crunch and texture without all the oil by using either the oven or the newest method, air frying which requires no oil!

Let’s take a look at all three methods below and the Pros and Cons.

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Deep Fat Frying Method

As the name suggests, this is the method of frying your fries, or in the UK and Europe ‘Chips’, in oil or lard. This can be done with a dedicated deep fat fryer or with a pot over a stove or open fire.

Taste of Home recommends that french fries should be blanched first at 325 ℉ for 3 to 4 minutes and then fried at 400℉ for a further 3 to 4 minutes.

The advantages of using the traditional method of deep frying your fries are:

  • You get that traditional crispy texture.
  • This is the fastest method.
  • The flavour tends to be just that little bit more tasty than other methods.

The disadvantages of deep frying are:

  • Not as healthy as there is saturated fats and oils.
  • Oil must be disposed of once used.
  • Can be messy and the oil vapours and smells can penetrate the house.

The Oven Method

For the more health-conscious eater, the oven is a perfect method to get that delightful crispy french fry without all the oil and saturated fats.

This method requires a bit more time and a few steps to make sure you get the best results, but your body will thank you for it later!

Preheat your oven to 350℉ before you start to ensure that your fries have the best chance. Do not thaw your fries. Once the oven is preheated, place the frozen fries directly on an open baking rack. Placing them on a rack allows for air to flow around the fries for an even and crispy cook on all sides. Do not stack the fries, but make sure they are evenly spread in a single layer. Put into your preheated oven and cook till golden brown! It is as simple as that.

The advantages of the oven method for fries:

  • No Oil, so much heathier
  • An oven is a basic household appliance, so readily available to use.
  • No mess to clean up. No oil splatters etc.

Disadvantages of the oven method:

  • If not done right, you can have soggy fries.
  • Will take longer than traditional deep frying.
  • Takes up the whole oven for larger quantities of fries so you cannot cook two things at once.
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The Air Fryer Method

As we have said already, this is the new kid on the block! What if we told you that it was possible to have the deep-fried crisp and texture without any of the extra oil and unhealthy bits? Yes! That IS what we are saying!

With an Air fryer, such as this Ninja Foodi 2 Basket Air Fryer or Ninja 4qt Air Fryer, you can enjoy that fried food texture and taste, guilt-free!

Air Fryers use extreme heat and air circulation to replicate the deep-fried result without any oil. Simply switch on the fryer, follow the instruction in the fryer manual for the french fries, put the fries in and wait for the magic to happen! Yes, we have tried this, and we definitely recommend it!

Advantages of using the air fryer method for french fries:

  • Like the oven, no oils and extra saturated fats.
  • No mess and splatter.
  • Quicker than the oven, 15-20 mins and you have beautiful crispy fries.
  • Deep fried texture with the health benefits of the oven method.

Disadvantages of the air fryer method:

  • Takes a bit longer than traditional deep frying.
  • Does not have the flavour of deep-fried fries.

Which is the Best Method for Cooking French Fries?

All three of these methods can give extremely good results. It comes down to your personal preference and how worried you are about your health!

We recommend the air fryer method as you get the best of both worlds: Healthy and Nice Fried Texture.

How Do I Make my Fries Tastier?

So, as you will note, one of the downsides of using the oven or air fryer method is the lack of that deep-fried flavour, which comes from the oil and fats which are bad for your health!

But does this mean you have to sacrifice flavour for the healthy option? We say No! Below we share a few tips to help you add a little pizzaz to your healthy fries!


  1. Always salt your fries while they are still hot from the oven. The salt will stick to your fries better when they are fresh out of the oven.
  2. Put your cooked fries in a bowl, salt to your preference, then cover the bowl with a plate and shake or toss to coat all the fries evenly.
  3. Still too bland? Why not add some chili powder, geera (cumin), Black pepper or seasoning of your choice to spice things up and give you your own unique fry flavour.
  4. If doing a meal, cook your fries last so that they go straight to your guests. This way, they will have the crispiest fries possible!

Recommended French Fries

Ready to cook some fries? We have a list of products below that Westco stocks to make sure you have the best fries possible!

  1. Forte Frost Crinkle Cut Fries
  2. Steak Cut Fries
  3. Straight Cut Fries
  4. Super Crunch Fries
  5. Sweet Potato Fries – For the healthy eaters!
  6. Vegetable Frying Oil – For the traditional deep fry!
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KFC Fried Chicken – Easy & Proven 4 Step Recipe for KFC Style Fried Chicken!

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KFC Fried Chicken – Easy & Proven 4 Step Recipe for KFC Style Fried Chicken!

Looking for an easy, proven fried chicken recipe?

No need to look any further. It works every time! Flavourful, juicy, tender and don’t forget that satisfying crunch. At the dinner table, one of the personnel comments, ”WOW, you can give KFC competition!” So yes guys, its really that good! And yes, you can make this happen right in your very own kitchen! Let’s get cooking…


To get that great kicking KFC flavour, all you have to do is blend up these 11 secret spices:

  • 2/3 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp celery salt
  • 1 tbsp dried mustard
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/3 tbsp oregano
  • 4 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme

Blend ingredients in a food processor until all spices are similar sized. Mix in 2 cups of flour. Tada, your secret breading mixture is complete!

The 13th Top Secret Ingredient!

Adding some MSG (monosodium glutamate) helps with that extra crunch! (I didn’t add any since I didn’t have) But according to Ron Douglas, author of America’s Most Wanted Recipes, the real key to the perfect crispy texture is MSG. You can add it to your seasoning mix before breading. IT IS A MUST! And don’t worry, MSG isn’t harmful to you in any way. See what this Mayo Clinic article has to say about MSG! (Mine turned out perfect without it)

4 Simple Steps to Frying The Best Fried Chicken:



Wash your chicken pieces in lime & salt and pat dry. Rub with green seasoning and let marinate for 20 minutes. (I used quality, affordable whole chicken wings from Westco Foods)



Dip seasoned chicken pieces into egg and milk wash. Make sure they are completely immersed in order for the breaded coating to stick.



Place in secret spice breaded mixture. Toss around a few times until completely covered. Make sure you are unable to see any part of the raw skin.

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Transfer immediately to the deep fat fryer. (Heat oil to 350 F) Deep fry the chicken pieces for exactly 12 minutes, a few at a time, depending on the size of your deep fat fryer. (I fit three big chicken wing pieces comfortably at once) To ensure that they are cooked through, rest them in the oven at 175 F for a few minutes, this would also keep them hot and crunchy. (KFC actually does this before serving, according to a former employee)

Serving Suggestion!

Pair with that creamy mashed potato and a buttery biscuit. Man, what could be better??! From the comfort and safety of your home.

Links to Westco Foods products for the best Fried Chicken and Chips!


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Trinidad and Tobago Wholesale Food Suppliers – Why are They Important and What Can They Supply?

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Trinidad and Tobago Wholesale Food Suppliers – Why are They Important and What Can They Supply?

What are the Statistics for Wholesale Food Suppliers in Trinidad and Tobago?

Wholesale Food Suppliers are a major essential industry in Trinidad and Tobago’s twin-island republic. Being an island and an undiversified economy, Oxford Business Group states that ‘T&T is a net food importer, meeting as much as 85% of its needs from imports’. This shows that high-quality imported foods are key to a healthy population and will help to increase the quality of life of citizens.

Food Wholesalers in Trinidad and Tobago

There are many contenders in the market including Food Basket International, Hadco Foods, Vasha Foods, Premium Quality Meats (PQM), Arima Discount Mart (ADM) and Fineline Distributors to name a few. However, Westco Foods is committed to going above and beyond for their customers and to building robust business to business relationships that will stand the test in good as well as difficult times. Our Vision can be seen on our About Us page and goes into the details that make us the best wholesale food supplier in Trinidad and Tobago.

Why choose Westco Foods?

Westco Foods has been committed to supplying Trinidad and Tobago with quality food imports for over 25 years and have grown to be a respected and sought after supplier to supermarkets, restaurants, corporate entities, off-shore petroleum entities and even airline meal catering companies where quality and food safety is perhaps of the highest standard.

We have expanded our range to not only include foods. See the list below of the different product groups that Westco Foods can supply:

Are You Looking for a Top Notch, High-Quality Food Supplier in Trinidad and Tobago?

Our team of customer service representatives, sales staff and dispatch team stand ready to assist you with your wholesale food procurement and are ready to deliver your orders in a timely manner while adhering to the highest standard of hygiene and food processing safety protocols. With free delivery throughout the nation, we are sure that the Westco Foods Team can provide unmatched customer service and product quality for your enterprise. Browse our product selection and submit an online quote request or contact us via our online form or give us a ring on 1-868-235-5020 We are always happy to speak!