In collaboration with CiBEXO Group Dominica, the Law Office of Gabriel Christian and Caribbean Agriculture Network, SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier joins the relief effort for Dominica victims of Tropical Storm Erika.
As of Thursday, September 17th, SPAGnVOLA will have a limited number of Dominica's premium chocolates bars for sale at their outlets in Gaithersburg and National Harbor. These artisan bars are made from cocoa produced in Dominica and will be for sale at $25.00 each. "The main ingredient in these bars is love and this is what’s being sent to Dominica with a 100% of the proceeds from this effort" says SPAGnVOLA's head chocolate maker, Crisoire Reid.
This fundraising effort is demonstrative of our commitment not only to the farmers but to a people with whom we have fallen in love during our visit earlier this year. As we are limited to 1,000 bars and earmarked to raise US$25,000 we are seeking the support of chocolate lovers by sampling this new chocolate.
SPAGnVOLA is a 2015 award winner of the London-based Academy of Chocolate. We specialize in artisan single-source premium chocolate bars. In paartnership with the Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, SPAGnVOLA is to start training chocolatiers and chocolate makers from Caribbean's cocoa producers in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. To ensure that Caribbean farmers add value to their cocoa, this partnership will establish a chocolate-making factory in Barbados on a 30 acre plot of land donated by Barbadian philanthropist Eddie Edghill and his family.
"Over the past couple of weeks, the plight of Dominica has been weighing heavily on us here at SPAGnVOLA. As such, my wife Crisoire and I have decided to move quickly to launch the new Dominica chocolate bar as a fundraiser to help in whatever way we can," says SPAGnVOLA's CEO, Eric Reid.
Since 2009 SPAGnVOLA has made an unprecedented name for themselves within the chocolate industry. Using the finest cacao beans harvested from their private farm in Dominican Republic. The company handcrafts exquisite premium chocolates through a vertically integrated process. SPAGnVOLA is engaged in a number of international projects with other cocoa-producing countries with an emphasis in transforming the industry by adding greater value to cacao farmers.