Hi! And Welcome.
My name is David Sewell, Founder and CEO of the Belize Cacao Consortium (BCC)
I am pleased that you have taken the time to read some, or all! of our website describing our unique business model. BCC is a pioneering effort to vertically integrate the cacao industry, beginning with Belize.
Chocolate is a booming $90 billion business worldwide that is growing at an amazing speed. Traditionally, supply of specialty fine flavor cacao grown in Belize has not been able to keep up with demand, which is especially true nowadays.
Belize represents an opportunity to redevelop the current local subsistence farming situation into a modern 21-st century business including extensive cacao farming, cacao bean and by-products trading, fermentation and dry cacao bean processing and a wholesale and retail “seed to bean to bar” operation creating fine flavor artisanal chocolate for worldwide consumption.
BCC is heavily committed to its 3 Pillars of Sustainability. Of course we are Economically Sustainable as a for-profit going concern business. We also are very Environmentally Sustainable, leaving our little piece of the planet in better shape than when we got it, using our very qualified agronomist and biologist to support our capable and experienced Team.
And very importantly, we are Socially Sustainable. We are directly improving the lives of impoverished Belize cacao farmers and other Belize chocolate industry-related employees; by providing them good, honest work for a living wage, medical and pension benefits and assistance in improving their living conditions and upward mobility for all involved
By improving and growing the Belize cacao industry, and taking away business from those preying on child labor in Africa and elsewhere, you can help us to reduce child and slave labor in the cacao industry worldwide, at least one farm at a time!
20% of combined annual gross profits after direct operating expenses is allocated to a social sustainability program to be used to improve employee’s incomes and working/living conditions and for distribution annually as a bonus to all those directly involved in the company’s daily operations.
Additionally, we pay local subsistence farmers a higher than market cash value for their cacao crop through our trading company, Belize Cacao Traders, and we provide a program to assist farmers in increasing the size of their plantations by providing saplings to them at no additional cost from our own nursery.
We like to call this overall vertically integrated business “Dirt to Dollars!
If you would like more information about how you may participate in this business, please visit our parent company website at www.agronosotros.com.
Thanks for your visit to our business!
David G. Sewell, B.Sc., MBA