3.5.1 Belize Food Suppliers


Food availability is not a problem in Belize, but large numbers of households living in poverty are prone to food insecurity, due to a lack of access to food because purchasing economic capacity is not possible. It is estimated that more than 25% of Belizean households live in poverty.

Belize has a high degree of dependence on imported goods that supply the population with 60% of its food. The country imports most of its cereal (21 849 t/year in 1998–2000), although as a proportion of total imports it decreased from 22% in 1964-66 to 9% in 1998-2000. Imports of animal fat as a percentage of total DES decreased steadily, while vegetable oil imports increased after 1989–91. Meat and offals imports decreased slightly. The import of milk and milk products peaked in 1979-81 (16% of total DES) but decreased to 6% of total DES in 1998-2000 (FAOSTAT, 2003).

For more information on food supplier contact details, please see the following link:  4.10 Belize Supplier Contact List

Retail Sector

In Belize City large food suppliers are easy to find, in the rest of the country inefficient distribution chains and high transport costs may result in scarcity of imported products. 

Types of Retailers Available

Type of Retailer

Rank 1-5, where 1 is the most commonly used by the population and 5 is the least

Supermarketconcentrates mainly in supplying a range of food, beverage, cleaning and sanitation products; have significant purchasing power; are often part of national/regional/global chains.


Convenience Store/Mini Market – medium sized shop; offers a more limited range of products than supermarkets; usually has good/stable purchasing power; may be part of chain or cooperative.


Permanent shop with strong supply capacity individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; good storage and reliable supply options.

Permanent shop with limited supply capacity individually/family owned store; offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; limited storage and unstable supply options.

Mobile Shop/Market Stand individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; may be found at outdoor markets, camps or unstable environments.

Wholesale - Madisco

Madisco has a 22,000 sq. ft. storage facility warehouse in Belize City, which also includes 654 sq. ft. of cooler/freezer capacity. Madisco also owns a fleet of vehicles for distribution along the country. 

Supplier Overview

Company Name



1894 Clerghorn Street,

Belize City, Belize

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity? 



Does the supplier have its own retail capacity?

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? Yes
Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? Yes

Approximate Turnover in MT


Payment Methods Accepted

Cash, Credit Cards, Checks

Other Comments or Key Information



Other Locations


Service Location(s)

Central Coastal Belize

Belize City


Primary Goods / Commodities Available

Commodities by Type**
(SITC Rev 4 Division Code - Title)


00 - Live animals (other than fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.)

Locally sourced and imported 

01 - Meat and meat preparations


02 - Dairy products and birds’ eggs

Locally sourced and imported 

03 - Fish (not marine mammals), crustaceans, molluscs…

Locally sourced and imported 

04 - Cereals and cereal preparations


05 - Vegetables and fruit

Locally sourced and imported 

06 - Sugars, sugar preparations and honey

Locally sourced and imported 

07 - Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof

Locally sourced and imported 

09 - Miscellaneous edible products and preparations


41 - Animal oils and fats


42/43 - Fixed vegetable fats and oils, crude, refined or fractionated


**For FUEL/PETROLEUM products please see section 3.1 Fuel.

Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider.

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