Ecoco began in 2009, it was the idea of one of the current partners, Leonidas Arellano. Leonidas earned a degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Costa Rica and shortly after graduating he went to live on the beach to start a tourism business. However, after trying to keep it going for a few years it didn't work out. Leonidas returned to San Jose and seeing the need to create a project that would give him passion, economic support and professional satisfaction, he decided to start producing coconut oil. It came up as a vision after seeing how many coconuts were thrown on the beach that were not used.
With the help of a former partner and his brother, they began to collect coconuts on a beach in the Central Pacific to bring them to San José and thus begin to extract the oil on a very small scale. They devised how to make the first machines and were loaned a small room in San Pedro de Montes de Oca (east of San José) to begin production. At the same time, Leonidas began to take courses in organic farming at the INA school (National Institute of Learning) in Cartago.
At that time in Costa Rica many people still thought that coconut oil was bad, because of the bad reputation that had been made in the 80's, mainly due to the soybean oil producers in the United States. In 2010 the Feria Verde de Aranjuez (one of the first organic farmers markets in Costa Rica) starts and they are part of it since its opening. This helped them to make their product known and to inform people about its multiple health benefits.
Before they started producing the oil raw, in Costa Rica coconut oil was mainly obtained in the traditional way by cooking, which is how the typical yellow oil is extracted. This type is still found in Limón (a Caribbean province to the east). With time the company grew, so they moved the production to Playa Bandera in the area of Parrita (Central Pacific) where they met many families of coconut collectors, who would eventually become part of the company. Later their product line was expanded taking full advantage of the coconut by-products, which allowed the company to increase profits. They also opened an office in Barrio Escalante in San José that operates as a warehouse and customer service center. They then created a parallel company called Helados del Cocal with 2 additional partners, which produces vegan ice cream and coconut milk yogurt.
To be the leading company in the processing of the best natural coconut-based products in the market at a national level and with projection at an international level, while making the most of resources in an environmentally sustainable manner and helping the communities involved in the process.
We are a Costa Rican company and we produce high-quality natural products derived from coconut which are beneficial to health, because we are always thinking about the well-being of our clients. Our manufacturing processes are innovative and sustainable with the environment. In addition, we support the local economies of coastal areas of our country, and we always seek the personal development of our collaborators and suppliers, while providing excellent service to our customers.
The values defined for ECOCO S.A. and under which our daily work is governed are the following:
Loyalty: We understand it as a feeling of respect and mutual loyalty between our company and our "stakeholders" (third parties involved in the process), including customers, suppliers, collaborators, distributors and the community, among others).
Responsibility: We understand it as the fulfillment of obligations, or the care when making decisions or performing actions. We believe that people are capable of committing themselves and acting correctly and we promote that fact.
Development and Innovation: We believe that the acquisition of new knowledge and the use of existing knowledge and techniques, whether scientific, technological, business or otherwise, are necessary for creating new processes and products or improving existing ones.
Customer service: Our customers are our reward. Hence, we try to offer them high quality healthy products accompanied by the service they deserve, while meeting their needs in a timely manner and providing them with information necessary for the proper use of our products.
Sustainability: We believe in economic, social and environmental balance, so all our manufacturing processes are carried out with love and thinking of a fair and equitable balance between these three pillars.
Teamwork: Our collaborators are part of the ECOCO family. We believe that joining forces generates synergies that allow the achievement of a common goal for the benefit of all.
We at ECOCO S.A. are committed to these principles of sustainable development: preservation and care of the environment, proper use of natural resources and pollution control.
In this Environmental Policy statement, we commit ourselves to:
Solar Panels: With the implementation of 32 solar panels we achieved an energy saving of 43%, which means that we reduced our CO2 footprint by 1.51 tons.
Our coconut milk is 100% pure and contains no preservatives or additives. It is pressed from high-quality wild coastal coconuts, is creamy and has a delicious taste, making it ideal for smoothies, Caribbean or Asian recipes, or as a substitute for cow's milk. Our coconut milk is lactose free and has no added sugar.
Find our Products
Centro de Biosalud Plaza del Sol
Macrobióticas de la cadena de supermercados Wallmart, Emecsa ( 8 tiendas)
Macrobiotica de Grecia
Macrobiótica Alimentos y Salud (Grecia)
Natural Médica (Paseo de las Flores, Heredia)
Farmacia Aloe (Playas del Coco)
Manantiales de Vida (Playa Jaco)
Manantiales de Vida (Playa Jaco)
Macrobiótica Salud y Vida
Supermercados Compre Bien (3)
Green Center (Rio Oro, Santa Ana)
Plaza Cristal (Curridabat)
Supermercados BM (3)
Willmart Playa Grande
Supermercados Economás Gran Aguas Zarcas
Agro verduras del Pacífico
Town Center Esterillos
Samara Organics (Samara)
Costa Rica Cofee Experience (Jaco)
La Bodega (Tamarindo)
Cheese Collections (Huacas, Guanacaste)
Coco Beauty Spa
Almacén Orgánico y Natural
Super Delicias del Mundo Nosara
Mantras (Barrio Escalante, San Jose)
Ravi ( Barrio Escalante)
El Buho (San Pedro)
Arbol de Seda
Gallo Pinto Jaco
Feria Verde de Aranjuez (Polideportivo Aranjuez)
Feria Verde Ciudad Colón
Mercado Natural Curridabat
Feria Agricultor Guadalupe
Apart from the previous places where we distribute directly, we work with multiple distributors which commercialize our oil in the main health food shops in the country.
Due to an increase in the demand for our products and the demand for coconuts in general, we began to create a coconut palm nursery in order to increase production and supply seeds to people interested in planting, as well as to low-income coastal associations that wish to grow coconuts to sell in the future.
Hand in hand with this project, we will produce organic fertilizers from the waste resulting from our production for use in the nursery and planting.
We also plan to process the coconut fiber we obtain from harvests in the plantations to market it as another product.
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