Why Sri Lankan Coconut & Coconut- Based Products?
Currently, Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of coconut and coconut-based products. In 2020, Sri Lanka’s coconut and coconut-based products export earnings reached USD 664.58 million
. Out of the total coconut and coconut-based product exports in 2020, a little more than half were coconut kernel product exports, a little less than a third were coconut fibre products
and the rest were coconut shell products
and other products. This is roughly how the composition of Sri Lanka’s coconut product exports is made up. Let’s explore here a few major reasons to source coconut and coconut-based products from Sri Lanka.
from Sri Lanka is celebrated for its fine texture, flavour and lightest colour and is considered the best DC in the global market. As a result, Sri Lankan desiccated coconut is favoured as it’s used in the bakery and confectionery industry for ﬁllings for nut bars, cookies, biscuits, sanding of cakes, pies and other baked goods.
More than 80% of Sri Lanka’s coconut production comes from small holdings. Compared to commercial cultivation, in coconut smallholdings, insecticide, weedicide and fertiliser usage are almost zero, which means the crop is mainly organic. There is a reduced impact on the environment since there’s very little water and soil pollution. For buyers who insist on eco-friendly cultivations, coconut and coconut-based products from Sri Lanka meet that tough condition to a great extent.
Sri Lankan coconut-based product manufacturers are so remarkably competent in Research and Development thanks to their significant investments in talent and technology that they continue to come up with fabulous innovations favoured by buyers. For instance, Sri Lanka’s coconut kernel product range
is as diverse as to include all the products below a few of which are new arrivals.
Desiccated Coconut Coconut Milk
Coconut Chips Coconut Cream
Coconut Oil Coconut Butter
Virgin Coconut Oil Coconut Flour
Likewise, Sri Lankan coconut product manufacturers continue to make commercially viable innovations in the other coconut product categories in the export mix too.
Deep Expertise and Conventional Wisdom in the Industry
In 1853, 2,380 tons of coir had been exported from Sri Lanka. Desiccated coconut was first exported from Sri Lanka in 1891 and the total export amount for that year was 189 metric tons. By 1911, that number reached 14,493 metric tons. With such a deep history in the coconut product industry, Sri Lanka’s coconut product manufacturers have accumulated high expertise and conventional wisdom that’s been handed down the generations.
This is a major reason behind the superior quality of Coconut based products from Sri Lanka.
State-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and engineering talent
Sri Lanka is one of the leading exporters of the highest quality coconut shell activated carbon
, manufacture of which requires advanced manufacturing technologies and superior engineering talent. Thus, Sri Lankan activated carbon suppliers are capable of meeting rigorous quality standards and specifications demanded by the buyers.