From the fine cocoa bean of the cocoa crop are derived numerous food, drink and health derivative products supplying a global industry worth over US$60 billion. The IFCIC Centre is being established to promote the future evolution of the local fine cocoa sector by providing support – technical, business and logistical – to small businesses (SME’s) which form part of the present or future value-add supply chain in the industry.
Manufactured outputs from the Chocolate Factory will include finished and semi-finished products – such as cocoa paste, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, couverture, baking chocolate amongst others.
These products will be available on a commercial basis as inputs to the SME’s at the Business Incubator to make finished products for local sale and export.
The SME Incubatees tenanted at the IFCIC Business Incubator will benefit from support on site from commercial services provided by the University and its project partners. This will guide these companies through the risky first phase of business growth and they will then spin out to make way for future start-up businesses to be located at the facility.
In keeping with the Science, Technology and Innovation philosophy of the Centre the SME’s will also be supported in the know-how of innovating new products and services derived from the indigenous fine cocoa sector.
We are currently in the initial phase of selecting our first SME clients to occupy our incubator facility when it is completed in 2018.
If you are currently operating in the fine cocoa sector food, drink or health sector or would like to operate a business in this sector then we would love to hear from you.
Kindly contact us via email to register your interest. We look forward to hearing from you !!