March 13, 2015:
An American Investor is committed to exporting organically grown Jamaican almonds to the USA and other countries through a labor intensive process geared at ensuring the purity and integrity of the product.
Bruce H. Satter, head of Jamaican Almonds, LLC, is committed to actively contributing through ecological balance, protection and social responsibility to establishing a vibrant export market for a nut that can be categorised as a super-food, and that has grown wild in Jamaica for ages, but which has a significantly different taste to nuts grown in California, USA and has a wide range of applications including products like flavour extracts for baking, milk and liquor, as well as body lotions, among others, to earn vital foreign exchange for Jamaica.
“Our emphasis will be to maintain the manual farming of Jamaican organic almonds while utilizing as many processes as possible to ensure the utilization of local farmers for a higher quality of life for the country of Jamaica,” he noted.
Satter, along with his business partner Allen F. McSherry, Director of Regulatory Affairs and their U.S. counsel, renowned attorney and foremost authority on Caribbean Law, Professor David P. Rowe, are on the island and attended the Jamaican Investment Forum(JIF) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Wednesday, March 11th. Not in attendance, but part of their team is Afeef A. Lazarus of Livingston Alexander & Levy of Kingston, their Jamaica counsel.
Satter explained that his company is committed to keeping the cultivation process a manual one and not purchasing any almonds or derivative products from anyone who allows “shakers” to be utilized for the removal of nuts. Shakers are large mobile machines that are driven alongside the trees and extend a tweezer like claw around the trunk of the tree and vigorously “shake” the nuts to the ground. “This removes the human touch from the process and takes away the employment benefit of manual gathering,” the investor explains.
Among the main products for rollout by Jamaican Almonds LLC are:
- Almond oil for the body, which is a luxuriant emollient that keeps the hair, lips and skin soft and radiant.
- Almond oil for extract/flavouring for a multitude of products that arealready popular in the U.S with the Californian variety, like milk, cream, baked goods, liquors, etc.
- Whole organic nuts – the Jamaican variety, Terminalia Catappa is different from the CA nuts(Terminalia Prunus) and in many peoples opinion, including Mr. Satter’s are, while smaller, have a wonderfully sweet taste and perfect crunch.
- Fertilizer, mulch and animal feed comprise what may very well become a huge industry in itself, that could equal or exceed the others mentioned above.
Another important aspect of the company’s plans are to license various applications to Jamaican individuals and companies that demonstrate a sincere desire and ability to farm almonds and derivative products, while maintaining and following some extremely important regulations. These regulations are meant to maintain the high standards of the Jamaican Almond Industry and include FDA laboratory and organic testing that satisfies both country’s laws, as well as import/export and USDA regulations that become relevant, based on the individual licensees products.
Before the start of operations(within 90 days), Jamaican Almonds, LLC will be taking applications for a few Central Almond Collectives(CAC’s) that will have access to multiple acres of almond trees and be able to organize and train fellow farmers on collection standards, as well as the do’s and don’ts of farming. These CAC’s will ideally be located within logistical reach of Jamaica’s two main airports. Farmers will be paid by the bag or weight, or a combination of both which we are establishing,” he noted.
Jamaican Almonds, LLC will also be taking applications from individual farmers or groups of farmers that have access to trees and/or those farmers who wish to discuss investments, licenses and/or any other aspects of this new industry. Those wishing to participate and be kept posted on progress are invited to email email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In summary, Satter said Jamaica is sitting on a rare opportunity to capitalise on a brand new industry which comprises some rarely seen attributes like having a super-food commodity that is virtually free from pesticides and don’t require bees for propagation and have more than required rainwater supplies and sunshine. He also noted that Jamaica has a much longer harvesting season than California which has been plagued by severe droughts and bee colonies having to be flown in from other countries because millions of bees in America have died from unknown causes.
“The Jamaican Almond will not be marketed as a substitute for the Californian variety, but as a much needed and well-received compliment to it,” Satter states.