In order for the Company and the cocoa industry to thrive we are investing heavily in infrastructure.
We are processing an increasing amount of cocoa and in due course this will rise to hundreds of tonnes per year. In preparation for this we have built a facility at Perseverance which comprises a cascade fermentory, solar dryer and storage buildings. Wet cocoa is batch-fermented in our specially designed cascade fermentory then carefully dried in our customised solar dryer before being bagged up and stored ready to use in our chocolate factory or for export purposes.
At our Nursery at Dixon we produce 15,000 high quality plantlets per month and provide farmers with free plants that are adapted to thrive in St Vincent's environment.
In order to provide for an expanding workforce, the managerial side of the Company is expanding at a similar rate. We have recently constructed a Head Office in Kingstown, the capital of St Vincent & the Grenadines. This will be the centre of operations and its prominent location is designed to raise the profile of the Company within St Vincent.
An associate office has been established in London in order to identify and secure overseas markets for our exports.
The Company is also keen to establish a visitor/tourist centre somewhere in St Vincent, both to raise awareness of cocoa production in the country and as a commercially viable operation in its own right. Several suitable sites have been identified and formal applications made to the Ministry of Agriculture and National Properties.