Five 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.