Cannings Foods Limited

Cannings Foods Limited was a Trinidad and Tobago company founded in 1912 by Ernest Canning, a British-born businessman.[1]

The enterprise began as a grocery store. Then it introduced dairy products (including ice cream), baked goods, poultry processing, and soft drinks.

Cannings acquired the Coca-Cola franchise for Trinidad in 1939. The supermarket HiLo, started in 1950, was the first self-service store in Trinidad and Tobago. Cannings was taken over by Neal and Massy in 1975.[2]

In the 1990s, the Cannings Group ceased to operate - with the exception of the HiLo supermarket. The Cannings soft drink brand was sold to Coca Cola, and continues to be produced.

Cannings, and its relationship with Coca-Cola, are treated in fictionalized (and renamed) fashion in V. S. Naipaul's 1967 novel The Mimic Men.[2]


  1. "Ernest Canning: From telephone orders to self-service supermarkets: the evolution of grocery shopping in Trinidad and Tobago". Newsday Historical Digest. 2000-06-25. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  2. 1 2 Daniel Miller, "Coca-Cola: A black sweet drink from Trinidad", in Daniel Miller, ed., Material Cultures: Why Some Things Matter (Routledge, 2002), ISBN 978-1135361631, pp. 173-175. Excerpts available at Google Books.
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