The inauguration ceremony of Executive Director of the International Coconut Community (ICC) was held on January 23, at Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta in which Mr. Uron. N Salum relinquished the charge of ICC Executive Director and Dr. Jelfina C. Alouw assumes charge as ICC Executive Director. The event was attended by many dignitaries including Maj Gen (ret) Endang Sodiq who represented chairman of Indonesian farmers association/ presidential Chief of Staff Gen (ret) Moeldoko, Mr. Antonius Yudi ANLO for Indonesia who represented Mr. Iman Pambagyo, Indonesian Director General of International Trade Negotiation and NLO for Indonesia. Dr. Agus Wahyudi, Acting Secretary... read more
Partners Meet in Papua New Guinea to Secure the Pacific Coconut Genebank Threatened by Bogia Coconut
More than 27 participants from international and regional institutes and four Pacific countries participated in two workshops, from 24 to 29 April 2015, in Madang and Port Moresby, to develop plans to assist in securing the threatened international coconut collection of the South Pacific, which is held at the Stewart Research Station in Madang, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The threat comes from the Bogia Coconut Syndrome (BCS) disease complex, which is caused by a phytoplasma that not only affects coconuts but also banana and betel nuts.
The disease is affecting these crops in farmers’... read more
Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) said on Wednesday that its 12,123 U.S. shops would begin offering coconut milk on Feb. 17, as it seeks to keep pace with soaring demand for non-dairy and non-soy milk alternatives.
Starbucks began offering soy milk in 1997. Consumer tastes have since evolved, driving strong demand for other non-dairy alternatives made from products such as coconuts, hemp, rice, almonds and other nuts.
The move from the world's biggest coffee chain also comes as smaller rivals such as Peet's Coffee and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf also offer non-soy dairy... read more