The coconut palms for Dr Antonio Martins grow in the tropics. More specifically, 1,000 kilometres either side of the equator. This is because in order to be happy they always like it to be consistently warm and humid. To be even more specific, the mothers of our coconuts grow in Brazil, Sri Lanka and in the Philippines. For over nineteen years we have spoken to many small farmers and local cooperatives and established long-term contracts. Many even with just a handshake, because trust is our greatest asset. We know that we can trust our suppliers, and our suppliers know that they can trust Dr Antonio Martins.
Together we have certified the plantations as organic and we continue to work on ensuring that more and more plantations are managed sustainably, so that we can harvest valuable organic coconut juice.
All of the growing areas have existed for many years. No rainforests have ever been cut down to create space to cultivate coconut palms for Dr Antonio Martins. Since the very beginning we have made sure we only buy coconuts from existing plantations. And that will not change in the future. We do not want any coconuts from new growing areas for which rainforest is often destroyed.
We would rather accept the fact that you will not always be able to find every coco product on the shelves. Because we know that our customers appreciate that nature cannot simply be expanded at will.
The cultivation of organic coconut palms is very natural. They grow as nature intended. No greenhouses, no fertiliser. No GMO. All organic. Pure taste. And the raw material recovery process is also no secret. Nut open – juice out. The coconut farmers harvest the coconuts and take them to our partner businesses in the country in which they were grown. There, the young nuts are opened and the fresh coconut juice is immediately filtered, gently pasteurized and flash-frozen. As fresh juice, not concentrated. Dr Antonio Martins coco is an honest product: the liquid contained in the young coconut, as unadulterated as possible.
Coconuts do not grow at our latitudes. A long transport route is therefore unavoidable. But right from the outset, Dr Antonio Martins has aimed to keep the negative impact of our actions in the production and sale of coco products as low as possible.
In order to minimise CO2 emissions, we do not transport any whole coconuts, instead we extract the coconut juice in the country in which they are grown. We flash-freeze it for best quality and send it by sea on the journey to Europe in special freezer containers. This allows us to save weight and volume and make use of the excellent efficiency of large container ships. According to recent studies, the amount of CO2 generated when transporting oranges from Sicily to Central Europe by truck is similar to that produced by intercontinental container ship transport of oranges from Brazil to Central Europe; calculated relative to the number of oranges, of course.
Of course we are not yet satisfied with this. That is why in a project in 2010, we analysed the CO2 emissions during the cultivation, transport and processing of Dr Antonio Martins coco and interpreted this as a carbon footprint.
If you are still not sure, put your trust in Dr Antonio Martins coco – then you can’t go wrong. We promise you with conviction.
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