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How it all began...
Living on an island, we always took our coconuts seriously. Just happy the rest of the world caught on!
My name is Bûmika. It means Earth Lady, in Sanskrit. My great grandfather was one of the pioneer coconut oil millers in Ceylon, making me a fourth-generation coconut oil miller. I moved to New Zealand to be with my father, who resided here when he had to have heart surgery. Call it lucky timing, call it providence, but I believe it was Mother Earth, who gave us the right opportunity to make such a life-changing move. There was a growing demand for coconut products that our family had made for generations in Sri Lanka.
Pure Ceylon Kokonati was born… of love. Love for my father and mother whom I could no longer let live alone. And love for the two beautiful ‘island’ countries we now call home, Ceylon and New Zealand.
Pure Ceylon, because our range of pure coconut products is grown and produced only in Ceylon. It is also an accolade to my husband, Mosqi’s past. He was a pure Ceylon tea planter while we lived there.
Kokonati, because it is the Māori word for Coconut and it enunciates how nutty we are about our coconuts!
Passionate about organic, regenerative agriculture, sustainability, and collective partnerships, Kokonati products are only sourced from smallholder farms and millers in the rural villages of the coconut triangle of Sri Lanka. Every Kokonati product is crafted in a dedicated mill producing only that type of product. So the quality is the best it can be, with multigenerational expertise and knowledge guiding every step of the making. Ceylon is blessed with an abundance of healthy, exotic fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices that as Lankans, we use daily. It should rightly be shared with the world. So we started sharing what we knew best. Coconuts, spices, and fruits.
Mosqi and I, launched pure Ceylon Kokonati in 2013, a range of high-quality, reasonably priced sustainably made coconut products. The range grew to include Heirloom spices and fruits.
We are 100% New Zealand-owned and operated. We take pride in doing what it takes to make clean tropical ingredients available in New Zealand, as they simply don’t grow here. Kokonati bulk products are used by several ethical brands that make clean, green foods and cosmetic products here and overseas.
Sales of Kokonati products support rural communities and traditional livelihoods. All our products are ethically harvested with zero waste in production. Every part of the coconut is utilized in making another product. Kokonati products are single ingredient, packed at source, never blended, single-origin, GMO-free, and vegan.
We live by the principles of a balanced life, live and let live.
Doing our best to leave everything a little better than when we found it…
Coconuts. Spices. Herbs. Dried fruit & vegetables
We import, export and distribute organic, natural and tropical wholefood ingredients. Our product range includes coconut and coconut derivatives, spices, ayurvedic herbs, fruit and vegetables in dried or powder form and /or preserved in brine.
Our main goal is to bring wholefood ingredients that do not grow in colder countries by ethically sourcing it from rural growers, small holder farms and millers in the tropics. While our products are mainly produced and exported from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), we also supply ingredients from India, Vietnam and Indonesia.
In New Zealand, we distribute Kokonati products to organic and natural health stores, gourmet and specialty food markets such as Farro Fresh, IE Produce, Huckleberry, Commonsense organics, Naturally Organic, Natural Health company, Bin Inns and others stockists.
We also private label and dropship for other brands, in New Zealand and internationally, supplying bulk for manufacturers and food service businesses.
Get in touch if you need a tropical ingredient. Chances are we already have the supply chain capability or will make every effort to source it specifically in the volumes, specs, and frequency you require it in. This way your raw material :
- is from the freshest batch
- optimizes your manufactured products’ best before dates.
- eases your cash flow because you are NOT blocking funds or holding excessive aging inventory.