|By goGreen | April 26, 2012|
LOCAL producers of coco-sap sugar may increase their shipments by 42.8 percent to 100,000 kilograms as the demand increased this year, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) projected on Wednesday.
PCA Administrator Euclides G. Forbes said in a statement that increasing demand for coconut-sap sugar is due to the growing awareness for health foods.
“Coconut-sap sugar has a great potential as natural and cheaper alternative to more expensive sweeteners in the market,” said Forbes.
Last year PCA figures show that coconut-sap sugar exports went up by 92.78 percent to 70,000 kilos. In 2010 the country exported 36,310 kilos of coconut-sap sugar.
Compared to the 2009 figure, PCA said exports of local coconut sap sugar went up by 224.2 percent to 36,310 kilos in 2010.
“The increase in coco sap sugar exports was driven by global health concerns specifically diabetes and obesity,” said Forbes, adding that they are projecting a possible increase to 100,000 kilograms in the volume of coco-sap sugar exports this year.
Citing statistics from the World Health Organization, the PCA said there are around 346 million people diabetic worldwide.
“We are anticipating that these people are the possible users of coco-sap sugar,” he said.
Based on the studies conducted by Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, coco sap sugar has a low glycemic index (GI) of 35 compared to regular cane sugar, thus it can be recommended for diabetics.
The PCA said coconut-sap sugar is now being exported to 11 countries namely, Japan, the United States, Middle East, South Korea, Hong Kong, Norway, Canada, Switzerland, France, Australia and New Zealand. The US is considered as the top buyer of coconut-sap sugar.
Source: Business Mirror