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BASF and Cargill promote production of certified coconut oil

11:49 AM MDT | June 17, 2015 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

BASF, Cargill and the German International Development Agency (GIZ; Bonn) have worked together for over three years to establish the world’s first certified production of copra —the dried coconut flesh needed to process coconut oil— in the...

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