CJ Toyota Tsusho Philippines is producing a natural sweetener derived from coconut shells. The company used a Korean technology to extract xylose to produce xylitolis from coconut shells and said to be the very first in the world.
Xylose is a natural carbon sugar which is present in plant cell walls and coconut shell fiber. Aside from coconut shells, xylose can also be found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables like oats, mushrooms, corn and raspberries. It is toxin-free and safe for human consumption.
The company production site is located in Darong, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur and has an annual capacity of 15,000 tons of xylose. The company plans to double its production capacity by 2013. Due to the high and increasing demand on the world market, the company is looking at exporting to other countries like Japan, South Korea and as well as in Europe.
The Xylose business in Davao is a joint-venture between Binggrae, Toyota Tusho Corporation, CJ Cheiljedang Corporation and Anflo Management and Investment Corporation.