Coconut cheese producers to compete for best product

coconut cheeseFive Coconut Cheese producers, which include three cottage industries and two schools, will compete for the best product from 9:00 a.m. on Friday 31st July, 2015 at the H.H.V. Whitchurch IGA Supercenter in Roseau.

The winners of the competition will take away monetary prizes ranging from $500.00 to $1,500.00.

The Coconut Cheese Competition is the culmination of a collaborative initiative organized by the Dominica Manufacturer’s Association (DMA) in partnership with students of the (ETHOS) Programme of the University of Dayton, Ohio, the coconut cheese producers, the AID Bank, the Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise & Small Business Development, DOMLEC, the Youth Development Division, H.H.V. Whitchurch and Co. Ltd, the OECS Competitive Business Unit and other stakeholders who, over the last ten weeks, pursued the possibilities, through research and development, of developing coconut cheese for the export market.

The project deemed the Industrialization and Commercialization of Coconut Products for Sustainable Economic Growth and Prosperity is part of the Dominica Manufacturers Association’s strategy to develop its linkages, in pursuance of Research and Development opportunities, with international academic institutions.

In 2014, the Dominica Manufacturers Association collaborated with the Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service Learning (ETHOS) Programme of the University of Dayton, Ohio through the emersion of four (4) students, in the field of Chemical & Mechanical Engineering and Business, at the Believers Multi -Purpose Cooperative in Woodford Hill, who are the main producers of virgin coconut oil on island.

This year the program was expanded to include coconut cheese for which Dominica Manufacturer’s Association is looking at the 12000 students enrolled at the University of Dayton as the first potential U.S. market for the products.

The competition is open to the general public and judging will be based on the people’s choice through tasting and by a panel of three judges.

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21 Comments

  1. Desry
    September 10, 2016

    Hi’can any show the recepes of coconut cheese tablets. Thanks

  2. V. Kartel
    May 3, 2016

    I rememberd, growing up in vieille case, Ma. Mada used to make the best coconut cheese! I would love, love to find a recipe for coconut cheese. If anyone reads this and know of a recipe, please post on here. Would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  3. bimb
    July 31, 2015

    People keep talking crap about tax locally produced confectioneries and sugar based items. if it have tax of coconut cheese and tambrind balls etc. People, please be informed that the tax is on imports. we do not import coconut cheese, tambrind balls or other locally made sweets and candies. The govt imports our sugar for us through DEXIA. There may be higher costs on that, and in turn the cost may be passed on to the consumer. but you are not expected to tax coconut cheese that is made locally. however there may be a price increase, or maybe not. that will be determined by the vendors who produce it.

  4. Old Timer
    July 30, 2015

    The best coconut cheese is the one that Ma Ursula made in Cork Street .

  5. IndependentME
    July 30, 2015

    I bought some yesterday at HHV and was not impressed at all…sugar and water…I barely took the taste of coconut.

  6. booya
    July 30, 2015

    positive vibration

  7. Jessica
    July 30, 2015

    not stupid no one and I mean no countries in the world can make a better coconut chess like Dominican

  8. syncronize
    July 29, 2015

    coconut cheese competition, meaning that sweetie is good. They just said in the budget the populace suffering from diabetes due to intake of too much sweet things placing too much burden on the country’s health system and thus the sweetie tax is to help curtail the purchase of sweet things. So how is coconut cheese going to survive?

  9. July 29, 2015

    Coconut Cheese no sugar, no tax! selling like hot cakes.

  10. C Lewis
    July 29, 2015

    Renaming it Coconut Fudge would certainly help to get it accepted in the U.S student body market.
    Coconut and Cheese in the same name, makes one stop and try to evaluate exactly what they would be eating, while a variation of the well known and enjoyable fudge would be easy to try.

    • Farmer'a son
      July 29, 2015

      The name ” coconut cheese” is unfortunate as there is nothing cheese-like in this product. Based on its composition and consistency it rightly belongs to class of candy known as a “fudge”. Therefore, I would agree that if this product is to attract attention beyond our shores, it should be marketed as Coconut Fudge.

      At the same time, we should commend and encourage all those involved with this initative.

    • Jay Esprit
      July 30, 2015

      Fudge has condensed milk cheese is just coconut and sugar

  11. awa
    July 29, 2015

    It’s sugar isn’t it?

  12. July 29, 2015

    Can any one tell me where can i purchase coconut cheese in large quantity?How long can someone keep this product after it is made…

  13. May i join
    July 29, 2015

    How can one join the competition?

  14. jr
    July 29, 2015

    Are we able to partent the finale product or will anybody who can do it better than us be able to jump on the band wagon and run with it?

    • bimb
      July 30, 2015

      The word is Patent. And anyone who knows how to make coconut cheese can make it. Unless your recipe and process distinct. Its like KCF, their recipe is patented, but that didnt stop krispies or anyone for that matter from selling fried chicken.

  15. Cyrique
    July 29, 2015

    Oh boy! My absolute favourite ! I don’t think that any other West Indian Island can produce better Coconut Cheese than us!! Bouch mweh Ka koole’.

  16. Thorbjørn Jagland
    July 29, 2015

    Inquiring minds want to know do we have a tax on coconut cheese, tamarind balls & tablets?

    • Info
      July 29, 2015

      Stupes…

    • Just Me
      July 30, 2015

      That’s is a relevant question in light of the budget. If the tax on sugar is increased then the price will go up

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