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Aliet Green, an Indonesian SME enterprise based near Yogyakarta, Central Java, has won 3 Gold Stars in the Superior Taste contest of iTQi, the International Taste and Quality Institute. Every year, this organization assesses food products from all over the world in a contest with over 480 submitted products. A professional jury, consisting of 150 chefs and sommeliers of international renown. The Kokomel organic and fair trade coconut sugar powder of Aliet Green received exceptional score for texture, taste and overall quality. The award was handed over during a ceremony at the prestigious Royal Cercle Gaulois in Brussels, earlier today.
Yogyakarta/Brussels – Every year, the Brussels based iTQI-International Taste and Quality Institute, receives hundreds of innovative food products that are submitted to an international jury of food professionals. They asses the products on several criteria like vision, smell, taste and texture. Products with an exceptional score are rewarded one, two or three gold stars.
The Kokomel organic coconut sugar powder of Yogyakarta based Aliet Green obtained three gold stars and a final mark of 90.3 on 100. This innovative and healthy sweetener with a flour-like and velvety mouth-feel is the result of years of product research and development to create a sweetener with a low glycemic index, a broad range of applications in baking, chocolate preparations and drinks and a long shelf life.
Coconut sugar (or: coconut blossom sugar) is made of the sugary sap of coconut blossom buds dripping after incision. It is an absolute green and sustainable sweetener traditionally and manually processed by evaporating the coconut blossom sap. Male farmers climb up at least 25 to 30 meters in their coconut trees twice a day to harvest the sap; They have to make sure their – certified – tress are in optimum condition to produce the best quality sap.
“The harvesting process is very labor-intensive”, explains Lastiana Yuliandari, CEO and driving force of Aliet Green, a women-owned social enterprise established in July 2009. “We managed to combine traditional harvesting techniques with innovative processing to make these exceptional products available to the world. By so-doing, we are able to contribute to the development of the rural communities we depend upon. Aliet Green has an extensive program of investments to improve the quality of life in the area and the wellbeing of our local communities.”
In 2013, Aliet Green obtained major international certifications for its flagship products. The product range is certified organic, meeting with EU, USDA-NOP, JAS, Fair for Life (Fair Trade and Social Responsibility) Kosher and BRC Global for Food Safety Standards (grade A).