Apart from Australia and New Zealand, there are so many countries in the South Pacific Region who are not self sufficient in energy products and look to import their requirements. There is one such Company based in Australia that is family owned which has made its presence felt in the individual South Pacific Region countries by supplying quality energy products like beans, vanilla beans and vanilla extract, coconut, coconut oil and virgin coconut oil to the multitude of wholesale and retail markets of this region since 2003 at competitive rates. The Company is South Pacific Coconut Oil.
Its products greatly help the village island communities in particular. It is connected with a good logistics network to places like New Zealand, Fiji, islands of Papua and New Guinea, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia in the Oceania. The Company specializes in farming and processing coconut, beans and vanilla products.
Beans are the young pods of the bean plants. There are many varieties of beans. They have considerable amounts of fiber in them which can lower blood cholesterol. They are also high in protein, iron and carbohydrates.
Vanilla beans are the dried seed pods from the vanilla orchids. There are over one hundred and fifty varieties of these orchids but only two species are useful for food and beverage consumption and those are Tahitian and Bourbon form of vanilla extracts. Vanilla extract is made by percolating chopped vanilla beans in ethyl alcohol for a period of two days. The mixture is then aged for several months and then filtered. Vanilla beans can be used in making ice creams and in baked goods such as cakes and muffins. In some Southern Pacific regions, they are used as an aphrodisiac and a remedy for fever.
Coconut fruit comes from a large palm. It has a hardened endocarp with a seed that has white flesh or meat part and water inside it. Coconut is a fruit that can be used for cooking and also for hair oil. It is also used as a medium for losing weight.
Virgin coconut oil is one of the richest foods that nature has blessed us with. It has amazing healing properties. We can use the oil as a cooking medium or apply it to our hair. Virgin coconut oil is grown without the help of pesticides and is grown with the same traditional productive routine. Most commercial grade coconut oils are derived from Copra which is the dried kernel of the coconut. Virgin coconut oil is derived from the fresh coconut meat or the non-copra. High heating or chemicals are not used in the process of refining. There are two ways of extracting virgin coconut oil. One is by drying the meat quickly and pressing the oil out by mechanical means and the other process is by wet milling where the coconut milk is pressed out without drying it first. Coconut oil is cholesterol free and good for the heart and gives us plenty of energy as a medium of cooking.
The small island developing states of the South pacific are in dire need of improvement in energy foods and in energy supply. The South Pacific Coconut Oil Company is also serving as a provider of bio-fuel for these places. The generation of electricity on these island states relies heavily on the import of diesel oil. They suffer from diseconomies of scale with heavy transport costs that are associated with the import of fuel and the substandard generators resulting in high costs. But a renewable energy source that has attracted great interest in the South Pacific regions is the use of bio-fuel that is based on coconut oil as an alternative to diesel.