Kentaste Products Ltd
Kentaste is the largest manufacturer of coconut products in East Africa. They produce a range of products, including virgin coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut flour, coconut milk and coconut cream. Their products are available in over 600 retail stores in East Africa, while they also export to over 12 countries worldwide. Kentaste is certified organic (NOP and Ecocert), Fair For Life, Kosher, Halal, and FSSC 22000.
Kentaste operates a modern production facility on the beautiful Kenyan coast, where they have employed over 200 permanent employees and engaged over 300 more young men and women on contract or casual basis. As the largest coconut buyer on the Kenyan coast, Kentaste sources all their coconuts from over 3200 (and growing) smallholder farmers. Kentaste has a robust sourcing network that allows for traceability of their organic products.
Kentaste’s coconut products
Kentaste produces cold-pressed organic virgin coconut oil (VCO) that has not undergone chemical refining, bleaching or deodorizing. The VCO is all natural and meets the specifications of the most discerning customers across the globe. Besides virgin coconut oil, Kentaste also offers coconut milk, coconut cream, desiccated coconut and coconut flour.
Kentaste’s social and environmental impacts
Committed to enriching the lives of their farmers and employees, Kentaste assures their smallholder coastal farmers a steady income and has increased employment throughout the value chain. Increasing coconut farmers’ income revenue by as much as 120 percent, Kentaste continues to develop the high potential coconut industry in coastal Kenya.
Kentaste engages in a number of community development projects, including donating furniture to rural primary schools, improving access to health and infrastructure services, and financial management training for their employees. Furthermore, Kentaste runs a seedling distribution programme with their registered farmers to help them build more sustainable, profitable businesses. This programme has distributed over 75,000 seedlings over the past four years.
Dedicated to safeguarding the local ecology, Kentaste applies organic farming practices, which maintain soil health and biodiversity. They produce biochar from the coconut husks and supply husks to other manufacturers who produce cocopeat.