For centuries, the coconut – fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera L.) – has been a great source of versatility. Providing food, oil, milk and medicine, countries around the world have been producing coconut products for income. Today, the leading producers in the world are Indonesia, the Philippines and India. Together, these countries account for over 75% of total coconut production globally.
More recently, the coconut has become a common visual of dreamy relaxation and increasingly, a symbol of health. In 2014, the global packaged coconut water market was estimated to be close to $850 million, with the United States and Brazil leading in consumption and growth. It is also interesting to note that ready to drink (RTD) coconut milk beverages are growing in markets like China and the United States. Notably, sales of the shelf-stable coconut milk in the United States grew at an average annual rate of 67% in the last three years.
In 2012 we established a Coconut Knowledge Centre (CKC) in Singapore. Recognizing the tremendous potential of the coconut, with the CKC we aim to become the food industry’s preferred supplier of fully integrated coconut solutions. With over 20 years of knowledge and expertise in the processing and packaging of coconut beverages, the range of solutions offered includes product development, technical and consumer knowledge, innovative packaging and processing solutions.
As a part of our marketing services, CKC is also the key driver of partnerships in the food industry. We do so by tracking and sharing key categories, market developments and trends; capturing interesting product launches; identifying new products and market opportunities; as well as lead strategic planning and execution. These activities are intended to motivate and inspire our customers to grow profitable businesses.
Therefore, this Handbook is the first of its kind and captures our considerable knowledge and experience about the coconut. This includes general and technical information such as quality aspects, processing and packaging, as well as the health and nutritional benefits of coconut. We hope that customers can establish a solid foundation for practical situations, and that the Coconut Handbook not only adds value but also serves as an extension to your knowledge on coconuts. Enjoy!
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