From our Bureau of Annoying Developments
Few words in English are as trendy and annoying as “artisanal.”
And few invasive plants are as pesky as the Marabu weed that has taken over much of Cuba’s countryside.
So, combine these two items and add another distressing element — American firms that do business with Castro, Inc.– and what you have is one hell of an irritating story.
Someone at Castro, Inc. came up with the bright idea of burning Marabu weed and calling the lumps of coal produced an “artisanal” product, and, predictably, the trendy item became a hot commodity in the U.S., especially in chic restaurants that cater to folk who listen obsessively to NPR, get all their opinions from El Niuyortain, drive Subarus, and insist that all individuals with Spanish surnames be called “Latinx.”
We’re not talking about vast quantities of this stuff being produced and sold. It takes a huge amount of Marabu to produce small quantities of coal and the process is extremely labor intensive.
Castro, Inc. is not known for efficiency, but it sure does know how to draw customers to some of its slave-labor products by putting a glamorous leftist sheen on them. They may not make much money from this artisanal coal, but they do make some. And any money made by Castro, Inc. is ultimately used to repress and enslave the Cuban people.
Naturally, the first American entrepreneur to invest in this Marabu and to make it legal in the U.S. –despite the so-called embargo — was Scott Gilbert, the Che-loving lawyer involved in ransoming Alan Gross.
And now it seems that this “artisanal” coal is going to be marketed to a much wider range of consumers through mainstream outlets such as True Value Hardware and Amazon..
Score another insignificant but extremely irritating triumph for Castro, Inc. and Scott “Marabu Man” Gilbert.
From Economic Eye on Cuba:
Import From Cuba Goes Mainstream — True Value Hardware, Amazon, Independent Retailers
Foley, Alabama-based GulfWise Commerce LLC (www.gulfwisecommerce.com), affiliated with Foley, Alabama-based Woerner Companies (2018 revenues exceeded US$40 million; www.woerner.com) reported the delivery in May 2019 to Port Everglades, Florida, of two (2) forty-foot containers (forty (40) metric tons; 88,185 pounds) valued at approximately US$14,000.00 of Marabú charcoal from the Republic of Cuba. Family-owned Woerner Companies was established in 1885.
Marabú charcoal is made from the invasive woody plant Marabú (sicklebush). Marabú charcoal is reported as clean-burning; often used in pizza ovens and bread ovens.
GulfWise Commerce LLC reported that the Marabú charcoal will be available at all five (5) Woerner stores in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. There are plans for Marabú charcoal to be available at most Woerner Companies’ farm operations with retail stores in Alabama, Colorado, Florida and Hawaii.
Atlanta, Georgia-based United Parcel Service (UPS) will be the primary shipper for the Marabú charcoal sold by GulfWise Commerce LLC. UPS would receive approximately US$$32,064.00 if all 2,672 bags were shipped using its services.
The Woerner Companies LLC is distributing Marabú charcoal through Chicago, Illinois-based True Value Company (2018 revenues approximately US$1.5 billion) which operates more than 4,500 retail stores in sixty countries. True Value retail stores order through True Value Corporate vendor number 9336.
A fifteen (15) kilogram bag, equal to approximately thirty-three (33) pounds, of Marabú charcoal is US$49.95
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