Dennis Melka CEO of United Cacao chats with DirectorsTalk about its new ‘PAPEC’ project that is helping families, whilst doubling the number of hectares available for crops.
United Cacao Limited SEZC is the only publicly listed pure-play cacao producer globally and currently the only publicly listed tropical plantation company in Latin America. It is registered and trades on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol LON:CHOC. All of the Company’s estate staff are employed under Peruvian labor contracts in accordance with the Peruvian Ministry of Labour and paid above national standards via electronic direct deposit to their personal bank accounts. We believe this sets the global labour standard for large-scale, ethically produced cacao.
In an industry plagued with child labor and slavery, United Cacao Limited SEZC seeks to provide a clear path forward for ethically produced cacao to the world market place.
Mr. Melka was the Co-Founder, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive Officer of Asian Plantations Limited, a plantation company quoted on AIM. Asian Plantations Limited was admitted to AIM in November 2009 at 75 pence per share and was subsequently purchased by a strategic acquirer for 220 pence per share in October 2014; during this time period, the market capitalization grew from £22 million (at Admission) to £110 million at the time of acquisition. Since 2006, Mr. Melka has co-founded and launched companies in agriculture, consumer finance, hotels and mobile telecommunications. Mr. Melka started his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in 1995 where he remained until 2005 during which time he was based in New York, London, Prague, Singapore and Bangkok. Mr. Melka graduated magna cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He is a Czech citizen and resident in the Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
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