2011

Volume 52: Costa Rica – Pura Vida!

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I recently spoke at the AmCham Competitiveness Summit, a high-level conference focused on how Costa Rica can compete on a global scale. I’d like to share with you a little of what I talked about. Those of you who have visited Costa Rica and know the country first hand, can write to me and share your own thoughts. Read more...


Volume 51: The value of non conformity

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I recently chatted with a group of students and business people in Honduras about how Britt has managed to build a company using gourmet coffee and chocolate as our raw materials. I described how we took these products — the very same products found in Honduras — and transformed them into fine, finished gourmet goods under the Britt brand, and how we did it all from Central America. After many years of hard work, these products are highly valued by consumers of many cultures and in many countries. Read more...


Volume 50: CEO’s Column

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Britt in the Dominican Republic:  A New Frontier I was in the Dominican Republic earlier this month to watch the “birth” of our newest arrivals – six new stores in three airports. The DR, which shares half the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, is the Caribbean’s largest tourism destination. Our grand openings were a great success! Britt Shop is now part of the mix in the International Airport of the Americas in the capital city of Santo Domingo and in the airports of Samaná, and Puerto Plata, two tourism hot spots. Read more...


Volume 49: Toward an earth-friendlier ethic

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Toward an earth-friendlier ethic I had the chance June 16 to speak about our Go Green Britt approach at the Globe Conference Costa Rica 2011 (http://costarica.globeseries.com). Read more...


Volume 48: Gourmet Coffee and Health

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Gourmet coffee and health - here's to both When I'm around people who know I work for Café Britt or when we're drinking coffee, I'm often asked about coffee's effects on human health. What's interesting is that people who are my age - 40 or older - usually ask me about coffee's harmful effects. People younger than 40, far from worried about coffee, often make comments about coffee's health benefits. Read more...


Volume 47: Sustainability

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Sustainability for Today, and Tomorrow This week I had the opportunity to speak with a group of investors about the Britt strategy. Our conversation comes as Grupo Britt is about to issue bonds on the Costa Rica Stock Exchange, after receiving the proper authorization from the Costa Rican Exchange Commission (Superintendencia General de Valores). I explained how this company, which was created 25 years ago to sell the world’s finest gourmet coffees as a finished product from its country of origin, has since diversified by entering the world of gourmet chocolates, retailing specialty coffee online (www. Read more...