Thursday, October 15, 2009

Official Opening of Santo Coconut Oil Mill, Vanuatu

Its a great day in Louganville...main town of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. After many years of struggling in receivership, COPS Coconut Oil Production Santo Limited officially open the doors again today under the leadership of CEO Bernie Glaser.

Coconuts are a traditional income for around 70% of islands communities and can thus play a pivotal role in the economic empowerment of island nations. At the same time, coconut oil is historically the most price volatile commodity in the world, islands nations are fraught with logistical pitfalls and for may years growers of coconuts and producers of copra have not received their fair share of income.

It is thus accepting a great challenge when the new management team of COPS has committed themselves to an open and transparent system in trading and endeavour to use the mill as a platform for economic empowerment through price and information sharing with growers.

The systems are yet to be put in place, but the commitment is there to operate an ethical and sustainable manner, a significant step forward from many other such operations in the Pacific and around the world.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with COPS to ensure that the aims of all participants,, copra producers and the mill can be achieved in a holistic and transparent supply chain management system.


  1. HI Andreas,

    Great post and inspiring outcomes for COPS!

    Just a couple of quick questions.

    Can you explain further what you mean by "an open and transparent system of trading"? What parts of the system are open and transparent and to whom are they open and transparent?

    Also interested to understand what your role is in this venture and how you go about "insuring the aims of all participants...can be achieved in a holistic and transparent supply chain management system?"

    ANY clarifcation on these questions would be greatly appreciated!


  2. Hi Scott, can I ask you that from your present perspective of your vision or model could we best do it...

  3. Hi Andreas, could you export crude CNO to Malaysia?