Loss of a true visionary leader

Dear Friends,

 

 

We are deeply saddened to announce the death on Saturday, 1st June, 2013 of David Friedman (affectionately known as Mott Green), owner and co founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company and dear friend, mentor and business partner to the Belmont Estate family.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, the staff of the Grenada Chocolate Company, his world-wide circle of friends, and to the Belmont and Hermitage communities. We are all so deeply grieved by his untimely passing, and collectively share this devasting loss to Grenada.

Mott was an astute businessman, patriot, chocolatier, environmentalist, advocate, innovator, community activist, and people lover, always working relentlessly and tirelessly to ensure that Grenada’s cocoa farmers, cocoa, and chocolate were respected and recognised locally, regionally and internationally. He was indeed a genius – simple in lifestyle, but profound in thought, word and deed.

Mott founded the Grenada Chocolate Company with his late friend Doug Browne and current business partner, Edmound Brown, and grew it into a very successful company, producing top quality organic dark chocolate.

Through his leadership the Grenada Chocolate Company was awarded the Silver Medal in the Best Dark Chocolate Bar, Academy of Chocolate Awards 2008, 2011 and 2013; and the US Secretary of State award for corporate excellence internationally. Most recently, the Company was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

In his short life time, with ceaseless drive, dogged determination and incredible focus, Mott had already accomplished much of his vision. With the Grenada Chocolate Company contributing substantially to Grenada’s organic agriculture, manufacturing and tourism sectors Mott developed a super-ethical model of organic chocolate production in Grenada – a true legacy to him and an example to the World.

He achieved his mission of ensuring local farmers received equal pay, thus bringing maximum benefit to the local community and the people of Grenada, and his highly ethical dream of truly sustainable tree-to-consumer organic chocolate was realised in 2012, with the first shipment of 50,000 bars from Grenada to Europe on board the motor-less square-rigged sail freighter Tres Hombres.




At the time of Motts death, Grenada was preparing for the premiere screening of a documentary, ‘Nothing like Chocolate’ (narrated by Susan Sarandon and produced by Kum Kum Bhavnani) which tells the story of Mott and his vision to create the best chocolate in the world.

The Film is the Winner of the Award of Excellence: International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture in Jakarta, Indonesia and Winner Award Silver Reel: Lucerne International Film Festival 2012.

The film premiere will go ahead as Mott would have wished – screening at the Grenville Theatre on Wednesday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m. Sadly, it will now be a tribute to his life and work in Grenada.

Mott’s accomplished so much for Grenada and his passing will leave a huge void that will be impossible to fill. We all now carry the responsibility of keeping his legacy alive, protecting his integrity and his work, and ensuring we continue to follow his dream.

 

 

Shadel Nyack Compton

Managing Director

Belmont Estate

 

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