THE coconut tree has been called the "tree of life" or some other variation of this moniker across the world because no part of it goes to waste. From its leaves down to its roots, people have found some use for each and every part of the coconut tree. It can't be argued that it's the most useful and valuable, especially because it can be processed to make alternative medicines, fuel, coconut oil, and of course, food and water.
Anyone can technically process coconuts and turn them into usable products -- you only have to open a coconut, drain the water into a container, and store the water in the fridge or freezer for up to two days, after all.
For commercial purposes however, these traditional and manual methods are not enough. Not only does the shelf life of these products have to be lengthened, but they have to be processed correctly to maintain the coconuts' nutrients and ensure the high quality of the products.
Keeping this in mind, Roxas Sigma Agriventures Inc. (RSAI) established a first-of-its-kind processing plant in the Philippines to produce coconut products of the highest standards, serving the business needs of both local and international customers.
The company has selected Tupi, South Cotabato for its Integrated Coconut Processing Plant, which is now on full operational capacity ready to accept orders locally and abroad.
The plant will produce aseptic coconut cream and milk, wet process centrifuge-extracted virgin coconut oil, and frozen coconut water concentrate. Using the latest and most cutting-edge equipment available in the market, RSAI aims to provide a definitive source or premium yet affordable coconut products to a global client base.
This is one of the reasons behind the location choice for Tupi, which is one of the most conducive places in the Philippines to grow and cultivate coconuts. In fact, in 2014, South Cotabato produced more than 210,000 metric tons of coconuts -- which is already seven times more than the required than the plant's annual requirement.
With the ongoing support from the local government as well as the Philippine Coconut Authority, RSAI expects that coconut production in the area will continue to grow, thereby providing a consistent supply of high-quality coconuts for the plant.
Apart from producing premium quality coconut products, RSAI is also committed to keeping the Tupi community vibrant and healthy. The company considers the community as one of the prime stakeholders in their growth; thus, RSAI's workforce, raw materials, and other needs at the processing facility are sourced from Tupi. The company also uses nature-friendly technologies and processes to ensure that they do not damage the local ecosystem. (PR)