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CommonwealthFirst is CWEIC's flagship initiative to help SME’s trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

Over three years, 100 leading UK SMEs have been selected to become CommonwealthFirst Export Champions. Export Champions are provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

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The Coconut Company

The Coconut Company is an innovative manufacturer of organic and vegan coconut food products for health stores, supermarkets, gourmet food shops, as well as the food manufacturing sector. They produce their own range of retail products, but also supply bulk coconut ingredients for catering and food manufacture. All coconuts are sourced from farmers that have organic certification or farm naturally with no pesticides or herbicides with Sri Lankan organic produce an increasingly important supplier.

The company have a strong focus on new product development within a constantly evolving food space in which innovation is critical. They therefore have several projects on the go and work closely with a freelance food technologist and recipe developers to uncover new and innovating trends, particularly “grab and go” coconut drinks and snack products. They firmly believe that certain coconut products are going mainstream (like coconut water, coconut milk drinks and coconut oil) and will be at the forefront of this movement.

The company is working hard to secure distributors in Denmark and Sweden after a visit to both countries earlier in the year and would very much like to add Cyprus, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada to this list. CommonwealthFirst will be with them every step of the way.