2011 COCO SAP SUGAR EXPORTS UP BY 92.78%
Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Euclides G. Forbes has announced a 92.78 percent increase in 2011 exports volume of coco sap sugar with 70,000 kilograms compared with 36,310 kilograms for 2010 . Earlier figures showed a tremendous leap of 224.20 percent increase in exports volume from a low of 11,200 kilograms in 2009 compared with 2010 figures.
'The increase in coco sap sugar exports was driven by global health concerns specifically diabetes and obesity,' the PCA Administrator bared. The World Health Organization (WHO), 2011 statistics revealed that 346 million people are diabetic worldwide. 'We are anticipating that these people are the possible users of coco sap sugar,' he added. Based on the studies conducted by Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI), coco sap sugar has a low glycemic index (GI) of 35 compared to regular cane sugar, thus it can be recommended for diabetics.
Administrator Forbes said that coco sap sugar is now being exported to 11 countries namely: Japan, USA, Middle East, Korea, Hongkong, Norway, Canada, Switzerland, France, Australia and New Zealand. Among these countries, USA ranked as the number one exporter.
The Administrator said that coconut sap sugar has a great potential as natural and cheaper alternative to more expensive sweeteners in the market . With the growing awareness for health foods and the increasing demand for coco sap sugar, we can project an increase to 100,000 kilograms in the volume of coco sap sugar exports for this year .
COCONUT MEDIA SERVICE