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Why Our Virgin Coconut Oil Is Better

Virgin Coconut Oil of the highest quality is in production at Also Island with a current capacity of 20 liters per day. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) has many medicinal benefits and there is a growing market world wide.

Equipment
It was not easy to find good equipment for VCO processing. In the end I either built my own equipment or modified other equipment and developed my own.

The problem with existing Fijian coconut oil processes is that much of it is not sanitary enough for food-quality coconut oil, and/or it applies enough heat to the process that it changes the nature of the coconut oil. 

Coconut oil processing is very sensitive to heat.  The traditional pressing method, using a screw press, causes the heat of the coconut/oil to rise up over 80 degrees C.  This small rise in temperature significantly changes the chemical properties of the oil, and the resulting oil is no longer considered Virgin Coconut Oil.

Our first big improvement at Also Island was to construct food-grade stainless steel implements to ensure no contaminants are introduced into the process.

But the biggest improvement in our process was with the introduction of our Rotary Warm Air Dryer, that I designed and built.

This dryer is used to gently dry the shredded coconut to exact specifications for moisture level, without raising the temperature over 50 degrees C.

After a production run with the prototype dryer, we had our VCO tested, and the results are amazing.  We can truly say that we have the purest coconut oil in Fiji.

 

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