Our virgin organic coconut oil comes from the Philippines, where there was a major typhoon on November 8, 2013. We’ve received many questions from our community about what this might mean for our coconut oil supply.
The effect of Typhoon Haiyen has been devastating. More than 5,600 lives were claimed and more than 4 million people are displaced. One of the strongest storms ever to hit land, Typhoon Haiyen (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) also caused significant damage to infrastructure. Food, clean water, and medical supplies are a primary concern. This storm reached speeds of up to 180 miles per hour. Ocean temperatures have increased in the past decade, and patterns suggest that storms are becoming more powerful. Changing weather patterns are a growing concern in the agriculture and food sectors.
It is estimated that approximately 10% of the coconut trees in the Philippines were destroyed by the typhoon. Many were snapped off at the base given the intense force of winds. It will take 5 to 6 years to replant and harvest fruit from new trees. This will affect both the cost and supply of coconut-based foods and coconut oil. Fortunately, the regions where we source our coconut oil were not as badly affected as other areas. We are supporting our farmers and partners through our existing tree donation program, as well as through a Typhoon Relief donation program where we will give up to $25,000.
1 Gallon Coconut Oil
We know our community loves the 1 gallon size of coconut oil. For the time being, we are not able to offer it at a discount or as a Nutiva Tuesday Deal. We will have an update in the near future, likely by the first quarter of 2014. In the meantime, we will allocate our supply to maintain availability of our other sizes of coconut oil (15oz., 23oz., 29oz., 54oz., and 78oz. respectively). We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this and will continue to inform you as the situation develops.
Out of our deep concern for those affected by Typhoon Haiyen, we created a program through which we will donate up to $25,000 for Typhoon Relief. Learn more about it here.