On Thursday we told you how Mahogany Chocolate Limited, a craft chocolate business celebrating its shipment of hundred and fifty-thousand dollars worth of chocolate products to the U.S. When we spoke with company head Louis Choco, he told us there are many opportunities in this industry – including tonnes of cacao bean just waiting to be processed.
Louis Choco, Executive Chocolate Maker, Mahogany Chocolate Limited
“What we are doing have that ripple effect all the way to the producers. Despite that, though, we are producing much more beans that we can produce. I keep floating this idea, this number that with the additional eight chocolate makers in the country of Belize, perhaps we are doing twenty-five metric tonnes per annum and Toledo alone has the capacity to produce up to a hundred metric tonnes. This is basically the subsistence cacao farmers and you also have several other growers, perhaps, ten of them that are doing a combined five hundred – six hundred acres. These are growers whose production will start this year and will increase over the next few years. So, we definitely have a lot of work to do in terms of marketing our cacao bean.”