US investors to use coconut water in energy drink

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The
introduction of an energy drink, with coconut
water from Guyana as one of the key
ingredients, is being conceptualised by
American investors who met President Donald
Ramotar here on Wednesday.
The product when manufactured will be sold
to high-end consumers in the United States
using a marketing strategy to promote
Guyana and the business of small coconut
producers.The investors -- George Papanastasatos and
Marim Kinkladze -- met President Ramotar
and Allison Butters-Grant, president and chief
executive officer of Global Connections
Consultants Inc.
"We definitely found the resources (in
Guyana). It's only a matter of building the
right resources for us to get the right
quantities and the right quality of coconut
water," Papanastasatos said.
The investors are looking for the organically
produced coconut water, which he said is the
best selling in North America, even as the
practice of applying chemicals in farming is
well known.
"It seems feasible and it seems that we are
in the right path to make it happen relatively
quickly. Luckily enough we have the right
people to introduce us to the locals,
Papanastasatos explained.
Coconut was the key focus of a seminar
earlier this year that was aimed at devising
a 2013 plan to revitalise and develop the
industry and aggressively advance the
country's agriculture diversification
programme.