iTi News from: 09-2014  

Coconut water and iTi tropicals in the news!

iTi: 15% of coconut waters mislabeled; let’s level the playing field

By Maggie Hennessy, 07-Aug-2014 (

Bulk coconut importer iTi Tropicals claims that about 15% of the coconut water sold in the US is tainted with unlabeled added sugar, and the firm is calling on retailers and manufacturers to crack down on economically motivated adulteration.

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What do you do? Gert Van Manen, president of iTi Tropicals

By Maggie Hennessy, 08-Sep-2014

In the latest edition of FoodNavigator-USA’s ongoing What do you do? series, we talked with Gert Van Manen, founder of bulk coconut importer iTi Tropicals on pioneering the tropicals market in the US and the yet-untapped potential of coconut water concentrate, along with bygone days of barter trading between East Germany and Angola and his (not so) secret aspirations to be a DJ. 

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 ’Coconut water adulteration threatens US consumer confidence’: ITI Tropicals

By Ben Bouckley+, 07-Aug-2014 (

Coconut water supplier ITI Tropicals claims that around 15% of coconut water sold in the US is adulterated with unlabeled added sugars – and is calling for industry action to retain consumer trust.

Confusion may challenge coconut water market

8/7/2014 - by Keith Nunes (

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — Consumers may not realize there are two categories of coconut water, according to iTi Tropicals, a supplier to the market. One category features products that are formulated with coconut water sweetened with added sugars and the second segment features unsweetened varieties.

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