The Hon. Lascelles Chin has been one of the most resilient and successful businessmen, as witnessed by his numerous achievements over the past four decades. He is a former President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association, presiding over the most exciting periods in the growth of Jamaica’s export market.
He received the second highest civilian Jamaican recognition, the Order of Jamaica, in 2001 for his contribution to the development of business and his philanthropy. However, Lascelles Chin considers the appreciation expressed by consumers for making living more affordable, as one of the greatest honours. Among his many accolades, Lascelles Chin has been named the Jamaica Business Leader of the Year 2001, one of the top nominees in the Ernst and Young Caribbean Entrepreneurship Awards, and has been cited by the Jamaica Exporters’ Association, and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce as an outstanding entrepreneur.
In 1988, Lascelles Chin founded LASCO, initially to package skimmed milk powder. His company has grown from a packager and distributor of a single product to a vast corporate entity, which provides hundreds of pharmaceuticals, food, household and personal care products to Jamaica, the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, and England.
The turning point in the company came eight years ago, when he was determined to find nutritious, tasty, and affordable products for the Caribbean population. His extensive research led him to Solae Incorporated, a subsidiary of the prestigious Dupont Group. LASCO pioneered a range of products which utilized soy protein isolate and delivered to the consumer a highly nutritious product at an incredible low price.
The popularity of this product has made LASCO the Number One customer in the world for soy protein isolate from Solae Incorporated. Additionally, the American Soybean Association has hailed the LASCO Food Drink line as the tastiest soy product in the world.
Bolstered by this success, LASCO continues its global search for the most affordable, best quality products and have branded corned beef from Argentina, mackerel from Chile, ketchup from the Eastern Caribbean, and vitamins from an outstanding US supplier, whole milk from Ireland, and Corn Flakes from Germany.
LASCO Distributors formed an important alliance with Johnson & Johnson (Jamaica) Limited on April 2, 2001. As a result of that arrangement, Lasco Distributors handles the distribution of all Johnson & Johnson products while Lasco Pharmaceutical Division is responsible for Lifescan, Contact Lens, and Pharmacy sales.