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Hybrids to get coconut industry modernization going.

The most immediate threat to the Philippine coconut industry is declining raw material supply. Almost all coconut oil mills are running below operating capacity and the prices of whole nuts, grated fresh coconut and buko in local markets are literally going through roof, all clear indications of dwindling supply. Strong typhoons like Yolanda, Pablo, and [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, ADM find “breakthrough process” for a “long-sought molecule”

In Delaware, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new breakthrough process in producing FDME from fructose, with “the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st century with exciting and truly novel, high-performance renewable materials”, the companies said in a joint release. You’ll love it. You’ll need it. You’ll want it. [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The future of biofuels

In the efforts to decarbonize the transportation industry, vehicles with varying degrees of electrification get most of the attention. But liquid fuels will predominate a while longer thanks to the delivery infrastructure circling the globe, dispensing fuels that contain significantly more energy per kg than batteries. That leaves a gap for a clean liquid fuel which [...]

By | January 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Skiing Business recently had a Q&A with Gregory Hagguist and Duncan Edwards about turning coconut shells into a leading competitor in the breathable waterproof products. Here are some highlights: What makes Cocona “green”? The activated carbon particles that we use in our products come from recycled coconut shells. The food industry uses the meat and [...]

By | January 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CDB Inst to launch flavoured coconut juice

After Neera and other value added products, it is now the turn of coconut juice to hit the market as a ready-to-drink beverage. Developed by CDB Institute of Technology, the flavoured coconut juice will soon be made available within the next six months. The product has been well received during test marketing, a senior official [...]

By | December 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Innova’s top 10 food, beverage trends for 2016

The “clean eating” trend has inspired a back to basics approach in product development and is an overarching theme in Innova Market Insights’ Top 10 Trends list for 2016. New global products tracked with “organic” claim have risen from 6.3% in the first half of 2013 to 9.5% in the first half of 2015. A [...]

By | November 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scientists Develop “Thirsty” Nanopore Water Filtration Device

Water is the most important substance to humans, by far. Some nations have better access to it than others; those surrounded by the sea in drier climates often use desalinization plants that remove the salt from the water, but this is often slow and energy-intensive. Fortunately, a team of U.S. engineers has come up with a [...]

By | November 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

From Zero to Coco-Nuts

Vita Coco, the leader in the US and the UK with a majority market share, is credited as the creator of the coconut water market. The independently owned brand originated in Brooklyn a decade ago, when co-founders Ira Lira and Michael Kirban struck up a conversation with two Brazilian women in a bar. Soon after [...]

By | November 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Seismic Shift in How People Eat

IT’S easy to make fun of people in big cities for their obsession with gluten, or chia seeds, or cleanses. But urbanites are not the only ones turning away from the products created by big food companies. Eating habits are changing across the country and food companies are struggling to keep up. General Mills will [...]

By | November 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dwarf coconut trees may fetch huge profits

PANAJI: The coconut tree has been tapped for heady liquor, feni and water as an energizing health drink, but sourcing it additionally for 'nira' or converting it into sugar, healthy even for diabetics, promises to revolutionize coconut farming in Goa. A few thousands of dwarf variety of coconut saplings have already been planted in some [...]

By | November 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments