Thursday, November 4, 2010



Dr. Alvaro Rosado wrote the Belize Culture Listserve debating group and said he had 700 coconut trees on his farm and was going to look into selling COCONUT WATER. I used to have 20 acres of coconuts in a plantation some 50 years ago, but sold it on Caye Caulker.
Containers are the big problem with coconut water. Not the profit margin. If there are small cottage industry hand pressed aluminum type containers available in the world. We don't know about them? For food packaging, Guadalajara, Mexico is probably the nearest best best source. You can be sure Sri Lanka and Singapore would also know of different packaging for coconut water. Maybe even TAIWAN? Dr. Eve Aird mentioned the probability of clear containers effecting longer term storage of coconut water because of ultra violet light. We do know in Santa Elena Town there was an IDEAL FACTORY machinery for sale a short time ago. These idealsof flavored sugar water, use clear plastic tubing and would be very cheap. Think it sold for $1500? Clear plastic tubing in rolls for ideals might be okay, but probably a dark black color would be better for coconut water and then you would want the plastic tubing printed with your brand. Shouldn´t be hard to set up a small business within Belize and eventually work up to nearby exports in Central America.
Interesting to note that coconut water can be used as blood plasma as well.
BIG H replies on pioneering local coconut water production.

" Thanks very much for acknowledging that Big-H actually pioneered what is now referred to as bottled coconut water. Sometimes in the year when supplies are short we could pay as much as .60 per nut so indeed you are right, there is the potential. What is missing in the equation is the supply side. We have received orders for as much as 4 containers a month from sources abroad, but have been unable to supply due to the shortage of nuts. There is a range limitation to how far and near we can extend ourselves due to cost, logistics and quality implications. ¨"


p.s. Even though we take the nuts after extracting the water to a compost pile on our farm to dry out and left to rot we still have a bunch of people (mainly latino's) come to our plant to pick bag loads of it for that same purpose. They make sweets from it. It entails what we Belizeans consider hard work so few of them I see harboring the nuts for further processing. Oh by the way we sell our compost plant material for $14.50 a bag FYI. We use it at home for our garden and it works well the plants are healthy without the use of synthetic fertilizer.


Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 15:32:27 -0600
Subject: Re: Bz-Culture: Coconut water business for an entrepreneur.

There is a variety of locally bottled coconut water being sold in supermarkets already .... Big H, I think, were the pioneers in this area. EA

Did You Know...

. . . that coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that amply provides for all human needs? They can even save your life!

Few people (even fewer doctors) understand how important the coconut is to stabilizing blood sugar; lowering cholesterol; healing; hydration; and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency.

Coconut Tree Referred to as kalpa vriksha (Sanskrit for "the tree that supplies all that is needed to live") in ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world. Yet, it has only been recently that modern researchers have begun to fully discover the massive health benefits this amazing fruit seed offers.

To give just one example of coconuts' live-saving properties, they were used extensively in the Pacific during World War II. Since blood plasma supplies were scarce, it was very common for medics to siphon pure coconut water from young coconuts to be used as emergency plasma transfusions for soldiers who were injured. Since coconut water is nearly identical to human blood, it was suitable for people of all blood types.

Because of its strong antioxidant properties, the coconut can be used to:

==> Lower cholesterol
==> Improve digestion
==> Ward off wrinkles
==> Stabilize glucose levels
==> Fight off viruses
==> Build cells
==> Regulate hormones
==> Increase thyroid production
==> Lose weight
==> Increase metabolism
==> Fight infections
==> Stave off memory loss
==> Kill bacteria
==> And more!

Considered one of the most treasured foods of all time, coconut products -- including coconut flesh, coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut cream -- each deliver superb health benefits.

Coconut oil, for instance, is considered the best and safest oil to use for cooking -- even superior to extra virgin olive oil when it comes to giving the body what it needs for optimum health. Unlike other fats and oils that we typically use for cooking and baking, coconut oil does not form polymerized oils or dangerous trans fatty acids in our bodies, which can raise our cholesterol levels; clog our arteries and even make our skin sag and wrinkle. Plus, this ultra-safe oil can give your body important antioxidants that can help build stronger cells and improve your overall health and well being.

Here are a few ways that you can use coconut products to stave off disease and to recapture the look and feeling of youth:

Coconut Water - The coconut is a natural water filter. It takes almost 9 months for a coconut to filter every quart of water stored within its shell. This makes the resulting coconut water completely pure and sterile, which is one reason why it can be used for blood transfusions.

Another benefit of coconut water is the fact that it has the highest concentration of electrolytes than anything else found in nature. This makes it an excellent source of hydration.

Coconut OilCoconut Oil - In addition to being superior for cooking and baking, coconut oil also makes a superb topical oil that can help to naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins. It also gives the skin the perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs to stay healthy, smooth and younger-looking longer.

Another great benefit of coconut oil is in protecting your teeth from the bacteria that can cause cavities and disease. Simply rubbing a little fresh coconut oil on your gums and teeth can keep them stronger and healthier than virtually any other dental treatment.

Most people don't realize that coconut oil can actually help you lose weight! Yes, simply changing your cooking oil from the unsaturated fat variety to coconut oil can help you lose those extra pounds. Here's why: Unsaturated fats found in canola, corn and other vegetables oils, as well as margarine suppress the metabolism, which makes it harder to lose weight -- and easier to gain it. Over time, this metabolism suppression may result in 20-30 pounds of excess weight that your body cannot get rid of. Coconut oil, on the other hand, helps to increase thyroid function and boost your metabolism -- 2 important components to shedding unwanted pounds.

Coconut Cream - The best skin treatment product one can use to achieve flawless skin may quite possibly be coconut cream. Unlike traditional skin creams which can actually introduce fats and oils to the skin that will break it down over time, making it look older, creams derived from the coconut can actually replenish the skin, giving it a more youthful and healthy glow than most other skin care products on the market.

When it comes to buying coconut products, coconuts are not all created equal. Wild coconuts are always best, but can be hard to obtain if you don't live in a tropical country. Whether you are using this wonder food to boost your immune system; increase your metabolism or fight wrinkles, using products from young coconuts will help you reap the most benefit.

Young Coconuts Young coconuts contain the purest unsaturated fat, compared to the fat found in the more mature varieties. This is why they offer the most rejuvenation properties for the body's tissues. But how can you tell how old a coconut is? Young coconuts are usually green in color and oddly shaped. The brown hairy ones are mature coconuts, and while they offer a lot of healthy benefits, they aren't nearly as good for you as younger varieties.

The best place to find young fresh coconuts is, of course, in the markets of the tropics, so be sure to seek them out if you travel to those areas. Coconut-producing regions export coconuts all over the world, however, so it's relatively easy to find coconuts at your local health food store or Asian grocer.


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