Belizean honey, chocolate, pepper sauces and other Belizean products on display at the CARICOM Forum and Expo

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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2022. 6:13 p.m. CST.

By Hugh O’Brien: The Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC) is showcasing a number of Belizean products at the CARICOM Agri-Investment Expo being held in Georgetown, Guyana from May 19-21.

Products on display at the Expo include pepper sauces from Marie Sharp, Cuellos and Travelers rum, ready-to-drink sugar from ASR/BSI, honey and rice from BMDC, locally made chocolate from cocoa grown in Toledo and a number of other locally produced products.

BMDC Managing Director, Valentin Carillo, is present at the event to promote these local products, and is supported by the Policy Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, Milagro Matus . Carillo seeks to expand the role of the BMDC in assisting local agro-processors to bring their products to the Caribbean market and, in doing so, contribute to the achievement of the regional goal and targets set by CARICOM leaders for reduce the region’s food import bill and promote inter-CARICOM trade.

Belize’s Prime Minister John Briceño, who is also the current President of CARICOM, leads Belize’s delegation to the Agricultural Investment Forum and Summit. Delegates include Agriculture Minister Jose Mai, Cabinet Secretary Stuart Leslie and others.

Currently, CARICOM’s food import bill stands at over US$6 billion a year and member states aim to reduce it by 25% by 2025.

Big H Juices, which operates out of San Ignacio, Cayo, is also participating in the event and promoting Belize coconut water in the region.

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