Mott Green, 1966-2013


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Mott on board the latest voyage of the Tres Hombres, bringing the second carbon free shipment of chocolate to the UK in May

Last night we received the desperately sad news from Grenada of the untimely death of David Friedman, who we always knew as Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mott’s family especially his mother Judith, brother Peter, and uncle and aunt Lennie and Gloria. Also to his Grenadian family notably business partner Edmond Brown, Miss Joyce, through whose hands every cocoa bean passes, and Shadel Nyack Compton at Belmont Estate without whose support and vision the whole project could never have prospered. And also to the brilliant crew at the factory and cocoa farms who will be relied on to ensure, with us, that Mott’s legacy is kept intact.

While the trinitario cocoa and chocolate produced by the Company was the winner of many accolades, few people can begin to understand the extraordinary challenges involved in making a fine chocolate on a Caribbean island (and this is chocolate which happily sits next to the very best that Europe produces) not least using antique machinery which you have converted to run on solar power.

This could only have been achieved with Mott’s extraordinary drive, determination and selflessness, and the chocolate notwithstanding, his greatest legacy will be the super-ethical model of organic chocolate production where the growers and producers are equally paid and where the normal terms of trade are reversed ensuring that it is possible to add all the value at source and bring maximum benefit to the local economy, in this case to the people of Grenada who Mott loved.

Mott’s dream of a truly sustainable tree-to-consumer organic chocolate came to fruition last year with the first shipment of 50,000 bars from Grenada to Europe on board the motor-less square-rigged sail freighter Tres Hombres, and just 2 weeks ago we were privileged to spend a few hours on board with Mott as the second annual shipment arrived at Portsmouth.

We will sorely miss a great friend and colleague.

Chantal Coady, James Booth, Rococo Chocolates

Sunday 2nd June 2013

An extended appreciation of Mott will appear here soon.

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  • Reply June 2, 2013

    Solanche

    Thanks Chantal. Message of hope in your reassuring words!!
    Blessings for you and yours through this emotional time!

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      Chantal Coady

      Thank you Solanche!
      Chantal & James

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    Christine

    Well written Chantal ~ thank you.

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    Saira

    Very sorry to hear this Chantal. RIP.

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    Dwain

    Great read!! My prayers are with the family and friends. Keep strong

    • Reply June 5, 2013

      Chantal Coady

      Thank you Dwain!

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    Dennis

    Wow.
    I met him at New York Chocolate Expo this winter, really humble guy.
    Grenada had a great booth. My heart goes out to the family.He is one of
    many who introduced Grenada to the wold.

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    Nous sommes atterrés par cette nouvelle. Mott et vous, aviez crée quelque chose de si exceptionnel que je ne peux pas croire à sa disparition.
    Michel&Jacqueline.

    • Reply June 3, 2013

      Chantal Coady

      La vie est fragile – nous avons tous de la chance de faire la connaisence de cette homme vraiement. Merci de partager vos sentiments J&C x

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    Joseph

    May his legacy continue for he’ll be truly missed and forever remembered…RIP David Friedman aka Mott Green

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    Suzanna

    Terribly sad news, we will miss his passion, fun and generosity.

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      Chantal Coady

      thank you Suzanna!

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    wizzythestick

    So very saddened by the news of his passing. Grenada has lost a national treasure

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    Fran B

    His life is inspirational – we should all learn from it while we celebrate his legacy!

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    Shadel Nyack Compton

    Thank you Chantal and James. We are all grieving terribly over his loss. May we all gain strength from his incredible life, and his love and passion for all he did. With love and blessings, Shadel

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    Shadel Nyack Compton

    Condolence message from Shadel Nyack Compton
    Belmont Estate – Grenada
    I am deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend, mentor and business partner – David Friedman ( affectionately known as Mott Green ), owner and co founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company. Words are inadequate to express the intense sense of grief, loss and sorrow that the Belmont Estate family and I feel at this time.

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

    My condolence also goes out to the staff of Belmont Estate to whom Mott was also a friend, director, advisor, business colleague and family member. He brought so many happy moments to our life and left us with a treasure trove of valuable memories and lessons. Even more importantly, he taught us so much by his life, his message, his fastidious commitment to producing the highest quality of organic cocoa and chocolate in the world, and always being the best. To those of us that truly knew him, we understood the nature of his “gargantuan heart”, his passion, his simplicity, his genuine love and concern for humanity, especially the farmers and persons of limited means. Mott, we will miss you forever!

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

    He founded the Grenada Chocolate Company with his late friend Doug Browne and 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. Mott’s dreams and aspirations were made possible with the help of many of you that stood by him, assisted him, partnered with him, or offered advise or support through the years. He was always so ever grateful for the incredibly wonderful persons that enriched his life, his work and his causes.

    At the time of his death Mott was preparing for the Grenada premiere showing 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. It will premiere at the Grenville Theater on Wednesday June 5th at 5:30 p.m. He was also preparing to rejoin the Tres Hombes ship for the delivery of fair transport chocolate in Europe in a few weeks.

    Mott’s passing will indeed leave a void that will be impossible to fill. Such a legend, an icon, could never be matched or replicated. We are all charged with the responsibility of keeping his legacy alive and protecting his integrity and his work, and pursing his mission. May God grant us comfort and strength during this terribly difficult time.

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      fareyanne

      Rest in peace dearest Mott. We shall always remember you in so many different ways. We, in Grenada, shall strive to preserve your unique legacy of the Grenada Chocolate Factory which reached across the entire world in a way that only you could have achieved. Your intense and beautiful manner with us all, shall never dim in our memory. Already there are such incredible tributes to you and no doubt many more to come from so many who knew and loved you so much. Sleep well at last Mott. You are in our hearts and souls forever. Thank you for what you gave us all. Amen.

      • Reply June 3, 2013

        Chantal Coady

        Annie, your beautiful words and sentiments are expressed so eloquently, Mott loved spending time with you at Petite Anse and was so grateful for all your support in so many ways, you will continue to be I know in these difficult days to come, with love Chantal & James

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    aviel

    I spent 3 magical days with Mott filming cacao growers in the highlands of Guatemala (with Eti Peleg), one of the most alive people I have ever met. Very very sad news. Aviel

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      Chantal Coady

      You are so right Aviel! Our son Fergus said he was a real “life force” so true! Thank you for your wonderful words and all you did on the film,
      With love
      Chantal & James

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    Vanessa Kimbell

    Oh Chantal. My heart to goes out to you, Mott’s family and his friends. It is beyond heartbreaking. An extraordinary visionary. A rare man who lived his life with courage and according to his principles. In the time I knew Mott I came to understand that his work will revolutionise the chocolate world. HIs belief in true and absolute fairness was incredible. His purist ways, and determination to do things the right way were an example to the world that anything is possible, and I am absolutely sure that his work will be the start of a chocolate revolution.

    Mott’s model shows beyond doubt to farmers across the world that the old colonial status quo of exploiting farmers in the 3rd world for profit at all costs need no longer be the case. He was a revolutionary.

    Long live Motts legacy.

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      Chantal Coady

      We will never forget that wonderful day of sailing, at the time magical, and now takes on a mythical quality!
      Thank you Vanessa for all your amazing support and wonderful blog pieces and photos.
      With love
      Chantal & James

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    Rob Bates

    I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. Mott was such an energetic and enigmatic man, he inspired me and doubtless hundreds of others. He will be missed. Long may his legacy last on Grenada and elsewhere.

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    carmela hayes

    A beautiful write up, Mott has left behind a fabulous legacy x

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    Dawn Shrives

    I am so saddened to hear this morning of Mott’s death. Reading through these lovely words a tributes to Mott below show what a beautiful, kind, caring and responsible person he was. I am only glad that I had the privilege of meeting Mott on a couple of occasions and will strive to keep his dreams and passion for his chocolate alive. It is a very sad time in the chocolate world and I feel truly for his friends, family and colleagues who I know will be hurting deeply at this time.

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    Claire Burnet

    On behalf of all the team at Chococo, the Purbeck Chocolate Co in Dorset, shocked & saddened is an understatement for how we feel on hearing the news of Mott’s untimely death. He was a very special person for us & our family, after visiting him & his team in Grenada a few years ago & then his visit to meet our team here in Dorset. His extraordinary energy, passion & vision brought the world of cocoa growing & chocolate to life for us all and he will be hugely missed but never forgotten. We will do our bit to continue his legacy by ensuring our customers know about Grenada Chocolate & the visionary who built his bamboo house in amongst cocoa trees on a beautiful Caribbean island, worked tirelessly for cocoa farmers, sailed his chocolate on his hobie to Carriacou & then across the Atlantic ocean by brigantine, walked barefoot and loved kids who love cocoa too. We will never forget you Mott. x

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    Samuel Maruta

    Heartfelt condolences to Mott’s family and all at Grenada Chocolate Company. Mott’s vision has been a constant source of inspiration for us and we are terribly saddened by this tragic accident. RIP

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    Camilo Vive

    this is sad, I remember tasting the raw chocolate that he proudly produced and shared with friends in Philly, and later being glad to see bars show up in cooperative stores in New England. I have been mentioning his work for years as an example of ways to break the colonial/neo-colonial fostered dependency on production facilities in the global north. he will be missed and I will continue to share stories about his creativity in the struggle, I wish I could have seen him climb a coconut tree and I hope his work continues. I am sadden by the loss of his unique way of expressing global solidarity, my sympathies to his family, camilo

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    Richard C.

    Tribute to Mott Green

    I didn’t know this chap in bare feet from Adam when we met in Provence in the Summer of 2011. However, within half an hour he was on the roof helping me secure a TV aerial, this despite the scorching sun on our backs. Mott was that sort of chap, easy going and willing to help.

    Having been involved professionally in both the chocolate industry and fair trading deals for overseas products, I was able to understand the “chocolate dream” that was his ideal. And having sampled the superb production from the Grenada Chocolate Company I was able to appreciate the quality achieved.

    Mott lived for the chocolate industry that was a part of him. May his dream continue.

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    The Gaylords in London

    We are shocked and very sad. Though we knew Mott only briefly we were struck by his passion, commitment and obvious love for Grenada and its people. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones. We admire the Grenada Chocolate Company’s mission almost as much as we love its products; we wish a long life to both.

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    SVG

    no words to express how sad…

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    sue snell

    Just so very sad the loss of Mott and for you Chantal the 4 of you his London family and of course all your staff. Very best wishes.

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    isabelle - Chocolate Museum

    Feeling really sad about this tragedy; knowing we wont see him anymore doesnt seem right especially after all his achievements;: i’ll always describe him as a very special person and will keep thinking of him with every bite of his chocolates: thanks to keep Grenada Chocolate alive!

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