We guarantee that...
Our premium product is produced using the cold press technique
Our products are free of any preservatives and/or additives
There is no application of heat at any point of the process
GKV Foods is a private limited liability agro-processing company incorporated under Ghana’s Companies Act, (Act 179), 1963, on April 15, 2013, with registration number CS178982013. The company has researched into several derivative products from the coconut for the local and international market. GKV is currently pursuing the production of quality foods for healthy living under the ava Foods brand.
We process from coconut; virgin coconut oil, desiccated coconut powder and other by-products. The premium ava® Virgin Coconut Oil and desiccated powder are our flagship products.
The oil is produced with the cold-pressed technology and centrifugation method - the coconut flesh is wet pressed and centrifuged with no heat and no chemicals applied. This process ensures a longer shelf life of 2 years or more (at room temperature) and retains beneficial properties from the coconut plant sterols, ensuring a superior flavour and texture. The resulting oil has medium-chain fatty acids and 50% lauric acid which is beneficial to human health. It is crystal clear and silky smooth and can be used for cooking (frying, baking, and direct ingestion) and also for Cosmetics (Hair oil, Body oil and massage oil).
ava® Desiccated Coconut powder is chiefly used for preparing sweets, dishes, pastries, cakes, cookies, etc. In order to ensure their reliability and optimum quality, we buy coconuts directly from the local cultivators. The product is carefully processed under strict hygienic conditions using advanced technology to ensure its purity and quality and examined intensively under various quality parameters. It is known for freshness, purity, taste and long shelf life
The recommended packaging material for VCO is glass, when it is expected to be on the shelf for several weeks. The product is packaged as below:
190ml glass jar
500ml glass jar
500ml glass bottles
750ml glass bottles
10, 20, 25 liter buckets
200 liter drums
The Bottles are further packed in paper cartons for shipping to the market.
Capacity and Certification
The company currently has the capacity to produce 30 tons of coconut oil and 1.8 tons of desiccated powder per month.
We are certified by the Food and Drugs Authority which is the food certifying body in Ghana, and the Ghana Standards Authority which is also responsible for certifying production quality standards in Ghana.
We also undertake regular laboratory testing of our products in external laboratories in Germany and South Africa.
GKV Foods is currently undergoing FSSC22000 by DNV and Organic Certification by Ecocert.
The Managing Director of GKV was recently awarded the 2020 National Best Agro-Processor during the Ghana National Farmers Day Celebrations.
What Makes GKV Unique
GKV Foods is a zero waste company. The company is uses every part of the raw material in the processing operations. The coconut shell is currently processed into shell charcoal and for onward production of activated carbon. The coconut fibre is used as bio-fuel to power the kiln for the charcoal.
Quality assurance is our maxim at GKV. Our raw materials are carefully selected from the farm gate and taken through rigorous quality checks. The company works with a network of out grower farms for the raw materials and we resource the farmers with capacity building and quality seedlings. The company has its own in-house quality assurance lab which is managed by a highly qualified food scientist doubling as the production process supervisor.
Personnel Safety is our top priority. We ensure safety protocols for our staff, and during the COVID era, our staff are provided with the necessary PPEs to facilitate a healthy working environment. The personnel undergo strict hygiene and safety protocols from offloading raw materials through to the finished products.
The company operates a community-friendly business. Our corporate social responsibility ensures support for the farming community. We also donate coconut fibre to the Ghana Prisons on regular basis for their weaving projects.
Test Certificate & Certificate of Registration
Raw material sourcing
Our raw material is sourced from within the Western Region of Ghana
• The Region is the highest producer of nature’s healthiest fruit (coconut) in
• We collaborate with the Oil Palm Research Institute of CSIR to provide training for farmers within the Region
• This relationship has made us the preferred buyers of the best coconut from our farmers
Our product goes through a minimum of five quality control verifications
A unique way of production, designed to ensure best quality oil for both the local and international markets
At GKV quality is at the heart of everything we do
Our processing is done under the guidance of experienced personnel using advanced equipment
Manufactured to meet both local and international standards
We analyse our products every 6 months in internationally accredited lab
based in SA to ensure consistent product quality.
Produced from fresh mature nuts free of additives
Retains all its bioactive plant nutrients