Belmont Estate Welcomes De Gallant Cargo Schooner To Grenada For Export Of Cocoa Beans To France

PR – Today marks another hallmark occasion in the  promotion of sustainability in the cocoa value chain as Belmont Estate welcomes De Gallant Cargo Schooner to Grenada’s shores to collect a 4-ton shipment of organic cocoa  beans destined for Europe. 

This Fair Transport, wind powered ship, was built in the Netherlands, and launched in  1916. Originally a herring logger fishing boat, it has now become a symbol of climate  change mitigation and sustainable development. Chartered by the Blue Schooner  Company, led by Guillaume Roche and Jeff Lebleu, De Gallant “offers a sailing  transportation service while giving to people wishing to live an authentic, human  adventure a chance to embark on board,” according to the Blue Schooner Company  website. It seeks to spread the message of sustainability in transport and encourages the  use of wind in sea transport as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a climate  smart initiative. 

Over the last two years, Belmont Estate embarked on a valuable collaboration with Saveurs et Nature, a chocolate manufacturing company based in France for the development of their chocolate product line infusing locally grown, organic cocoa beans  sourced only in Grenada. This relationship was fostered through a collaboration with  Crafting Markets of The Netherlands, a specialty cocoa distributor committed to  distributing quality, ethical and sustainable cocoa, that connects cocoa farmers with  chocolate companies. Belmont Estate, Crafting Markets and Saveurs et Nature, share  similar values of fair trade, sustainability, ethical farming and environmental stewardship. 

“This exciting venture, piloted in 2021, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic provided alternative business for us during a time when our business here had severely  declined,” shared Ms. Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director of Belmont Estate. “In  addition, we forged a valuable and strong relationship with Mr. Albert Smith of Crafting  Markets and Saveurs et Nature, based on our shared values. Now, Belmont Estate’s cocoa  is used by Saveurs et Nature to make a premium bar, using Belmont Estate’s cocoa and  marketing Grenada’s fine quality beans. This year, we are excited and grateful to include  some farmers from the Grenada Organic Cocoa Farmers’ Co-operative Society Ltd. for this  shipment. This been a unique and fruitful partnership, for which we are thankful.” 

This environmental initiative and commitment to climate-smart production practices is  not new to Belmont Estate. The Estate has been partnering with the St Patrick’s Environmental and Community Tourism Organization (SPECTO) for more than a decade  and was a featured contributor to the successful “Glimpse of a Climate-smart future” a  zero-carbon, zero-waste SPECTO exhibition in 2018. Belmont’s commitment to Ridge-to  –Reef environmental sustainability is aptly demonstrated by this shipment of a terrestrial  product across the seas with minimal Greenhouse gas emissions impact.  

The De Gallant was welcomed at Grenada’s port this morning in cooperation with the  Grenada Cocoa Association (GCA) and St. Louis Shipping Agency. Accountant for the  Grenada Cocoa Association, Mr. Samuel Brathwaite expressed the GCA’s commitment to  working with farmers and producers on specialty cocoa like organic, and urged  Grenadians to plant more cocoa as the possibilities in the cocoa and chocolate industry  are exponential. He also toured the boat and met with crew who will remain on the island  until June 13th, 2022 before setting sail back to Europe.  

Grenada is pleased to host the De Gallant on our shores as the island remains committed  to climate smart initiatives and environmental conservation efforts and to exporting more  beans for making premium single origin chocolate globally.