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Asian nations get sweet on soda taxes

Some of Asia’s biggest soda-guzzling nations are preparing to impose taxes on fizzy drinks, following similar moves in France, certain US states and Mexico. The $560bn global soda industry has come under attack worldwide as doctors and policymakers fret about the mounting toll — on health as well as government coffers — of obesity and [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00February 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The coconut (the fruit of the palm Cocos nucifera) is the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom; in one neat package it provides a high-calorie food, potable water, fiber that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that can be turned into charcoal. What’s more, until it is needed for some other purpose it serves as a handy flotation device.

No wonder people from ancient Austronesians to Captain Bligh pitched a few coconuts aboard before setting sail. (The mutiny of the Bounty is supposed to have been triggered by Bligh's harsh punishment of the theft of coconuts from the ship's store.) So extensively is the history of the coconut interwoven with the history of people [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00February 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hybrids in the Coconut Industry Road Map

Hybrids in the Coconut Industry Road Map by Dr. Emil Javier October 24, 2015 ‘There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?’ – Robert Kennedy Even as the Supreme Court deliberates on the injunction against the Executive Orders [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00January 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hybrids to get coconut industry modernization going.

The most immediate threat to the Philippine coconut industry is declining raw material supply. Almost all coconut oil mills are running below operating capacity and the prices of whole nuts, grated fresh coconut and buko in local markets are literally going through roof, all clear indications of dwindling supply. Strong typhoons like Yolanda, Pablo, and [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, ADM find “breakthrough process” for a “long-sought molecule”

In Delaware, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new breakthrough process in producing FDME from fructose, with “the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st century with exciting and truly novel, high-performance renewable materials”, the companies said in a joint release. You’ll love it. You’ll need it. You’ll want it. [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The future of biofuels

In the efforts to decarbonize the transportation industry, vehicles with varying degrees of electrification get most of the attention. But liquid fuels will predominate a while longer thanks to the delivery infrastructure circling the globe, dispensing fuels that contain significantly more energy per kg than batteries. That leaves a gap for a clean liquid fuel which [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:36+08:00January 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Skiing Business recently had a Q&A with Gregory Hagguist and Duncan Edwards about turning coconut shells into a leading competitor in the breathable waterproof products. Here are some highlights: What makes Cocona “green”? The activated carbon particles that we use in our products come from recycled coconut shells. The food industry uses the meat and [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:36+08:00January 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CDB Inst to launch flavoured coconut juice

After Neera and other value added products, it is now the turn of coconut juice to hit the market as a ready-to-drink beverage. Developed by CDB Institute of Technology, the flavoured coconut juice will soon be made available within the next six months. The product has been well received during test marketing, a senior official [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:36+08:00December 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments