Coconut Harvesting and Processing


Pacific Spices has expanded their coconut oil processing to other areas of the East New Britain province. Currently they are transporting coconuts to the Vunakanau facility from the Induna plantation and various other locations across East New Britain. This involves shipping all of the organic material (husk, nut, and liquid) at considerable energy and transportation cost. To reduce costs of labor and to shorten the time between coconut de-husking and processing, processing facilities are currently being set up at the Induna Plantation. In earlier periods, the coconut was used primarily to produce copra (dried coconut), but now Pacific spices is providing a value-add to the coconut by creating products, like extra virgin cold press coconut oil, which command far greater value on the international market.