Tongan virgin coconut oil factory steps up production


Taste of Tonga, the enterprise that has embarked on the production and export of virgin coconut oil has stepped up production of cold pressed virgin coconut oil at its factory on the island of Vava’u in Tonga.<!--more-->

The factory has been built to a standard that will allow Taste of Tonga to apply for HACCP certification in the next few months. Some of the features of the factory include food grade epoxy flooring, double insect screening, staff transition washing area and new equipment. In addition to HACCP, the firm is currently on the path to obtaining organic certification and fair trade certification by the end of 2014.

The factory has the capacity of producing 4000 litres of oil each month and taste of Tonga is looking for interested buyers around the region and beyond. It plans to export the oil in 1000 litre, 1.1 cubic metre boxes. This helps keep the freight cost lower and allows the buyer to private label the product. The shipping box has a built in heater to allow the oil to be heated to make it fluid, ready for bottling at the client’s facility.

For those not looking at private labeling, Taste of Tonga is looking to allow distributors to use the Taste of Tonga branding. According to a company communiqué, product pricing terms are USD$7 per litre FoB Vava’u. The company aims to be able to ship the first order within 8 weeks of receiving it.

To get in touch with Taste of Tonga, email Ian Jones at <a href=""></a> or call +676 8671401.

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