This month in Organic September, the coconut experts, Cocofina share their story…
Situated on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India and famous for its beautiful backwaters, the state known as Kerala has been called one of the ’10 paradises in the world’¹. In Sanskrit it translates as ‘land of coconuts’ which is where Jacob Thundil, Founder and chief nut of Cocofina was born and raised and where his journey began.
Outside of Kerala and wherever he travelled he just could not find any good quality coconut products. The lightbulb moment arrived in 2004 when he was sat on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro sipping coconut water straight from the nut. He realised he could bottle the water and sell it and went on from there to become the first in 2005, to start selling coconut water in the UK. After the first batch was sold he produced another 2,000 units and took them to a taste festival in Regents Park. He then let the public sample his coconut water and so began the process of finding the best tasting species of coconut for the UK palate.
Cocofina won the coveted Excellence in Food and Drink Award in 2005 and has never looked back since. Fast forward to 2018 and Cocofina now has a range of 32 organic certified products and is sold in 28 countries.
In August 2016 Cocofina hit UK TV screens when Keralite Founder and ‘Coconut Expert’ Jacob Thundil put Cocofina under the pressurised spotlight of BBC series Dragon’s Den. Success on the show having received five offers of investment, enabled Cocofina to reach a new audience of 10 million viewers.
Cocofina has never rested on their laurels. Jacob tirelessly creates new organic wholesome products from his test kitchen without compromising on taste. The latest innovation is a Hazelnut Chocolate spread sweetened with low GI coconut sugar. The chocolate spread has a rich chocolaty taste with no unnecessary fillers and is sure to be a favourite amongst the chocolate lovers. As a plus it is also certified organic by the Soil Association, is vegan, vegetarian, and has a low GI.
Organic and natural are the two values shared by As Nature Intended and Cocofina. In fact, their collaboration has been alive for over 12 years, bringing great tasting and healthy products to its customers.
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¹National Geographic Traveler