Read Time:   |  20th October 2016

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Coconoil® is a small family business with big ambition! They are passionate about their product and the way it is uniquely produced (“Picked Pressed and Packed at Origin”), and want to create a movement to educate people that not all coconut oils are the same and also to encourage people to buy ethically produced goods.


The Coconoil® brand of virgin coconut oil was founded by ex-Save The Children Fund field director Garry Stiven, following a visit to Sri Lanka in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 tsunami to help with emergency relief work, he was shocked by the vast devastation and quickly realised that it would take many years for the worst hit areas to recover.

After gathering his thoughts and reading a well-placed magazine article on the health benefits of coconut oil he found a way to help the Sri Lankan people for the long term and created an export market for the country, bringing in new revenue, boosting the economy and creating sustainable employment.

Prior to this time the virgin coconut oil from Sri Lanka had a limited market for cosmetic production in Italy and was not available in the UK. Having found a supplier, he returned to the UK and became the first UK importer of Sri Lankan virgin coconut oil, under the brand name Coconoil® based in the peak district town of Glossop.

By “picking pressing and packing at origin” they aim to produce the highest quality and most ethically produced virgin coconut oil possible. This method of production maximises local employment not only in the coconut industry but also in the packing, printing and other associated industries involved in exporting virgin coconut oil from Sri Lanka, thus ensuring the maximum income stays in the country of origin.

At Coconoil® they “Pick, Press and Pack at Origin” to:

  • produce finest quality Virgin Coconut Oil possible by maximising freshness, aroma and taste,
  • create more employment both directly and indirectly in the countries of origin improving overall living standards,
  • increase GDP in the host country’s by adding over 100% added value to the coconut harvest and;
  • minimise Carbon Footprint of the coconut industry on a Global basis as no reheating is needed for packing.


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