Tourism Minister, Alexandra Otway-Noel has paid tribute to Grenada’s chocolate developer, David “Mott Green” Friedman crediting him for putting the island on the world stage and map with his little village project.
During a national tourism consultative workshop at Flamboyant Hotel last week Thursday, the female government minister used the accomplishment of “Mott Green” as an example of what can be accomplished through small community based projects.
“I have to take this opportunity to just mention Mr. Mott Green who we lost early last week …and you know it is his concept, what he did for Grenada with a community based project was incredible, and he taught us a lot of things, he taught us that we could take a few people in a small community and make magic happen”, Otway-Noel told participants.
“He was very passionate about what he did and he put Grenada on the map with his little village project, his little house in Hermitage”, she said.
According to Minister Otway-Noel, the American-born entrepreneur who settled on the island “worked with a great team of people whom he infused with passion as well and we were very lucky to have him to share part of his life with us in Grenada and we will miss him terribly”.
The senior government minister encouraged the more than 15 participants from throughout the country to use the accomplishment of “Mott Green” to achieve their own goals.
“What we should take from Mott is that it doesn’t take a whole lot of money, it doesn’t take a lot of people, all it takes is a little creativity, some passion and some good ole elbow grease to get things going”, she said, adding that, “Mott came he took something that was growing all over the place and turned it into something incredible”.
Mott Green met his death as a result of an electronic shock while repairing a piece of equipment at Belmont Estate.
The Grenada Chocolate Factory was established in 1999 by Mott and his associates with the idea of creating an Organic Cocoa Farmers’ and Chocolate-Makers’ Cooperative producing high quality Organic dark chocolate from Grenada’s world famous cocoa beans.
The business has been receiving tremendous reviews since the rich chocolate hit the local and international markets.
Grenada Chocolate blossomed last year when the product and the company received international attention over the first shipment of chocolate that traveled aboard the Tres Hombres, a 32-metre brigantine across the Atlantic to European Ports in March 2012.
The Chocolate Factory won the Academy of Chocolate Awards (in Britain) Silver Medal in the Best Dark Chocolate Bar category in 2008, 2011 and 2013 and recently announced the opening of a new factory called Bonbon Chocolates where chocolates are produced on-site.
According to the company’s website, Bonbon Chocolates will include fruits, nuts and spices grown locally.