A contract was signed between the Toledo Cacao Growers Association and Dutch importer, Daarnhouwer, for an initial purchase of 14 metric tons of cacao beans in the next quarter. The contract was secured after a visit was made to Amsterdam in February by a team from Beltraide led by CEO Michael Sing. That was subsequently followed up by other meetings held in July to finalize the deal.
With the signing of this first shipment there is the possibility that larger and more frequent purchases are made. Currently there are opportunities for the Toledo Cacao Growers Association to improve logistical distribution in Europe through contacts made by the Embassy in Amsterdam. There is also the possibility of accessing development funding for the industry in Brussels as well. These can include investment in the value chain of cacao supply.
Accordin to Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium “there is significant interest in Europe in the high quality organic beans Belize produces and this deal is just a small first step.”The Guardian