COPRA began with a simple idea to share the authentic taste and nutritional benefits of extraordinary Thai fruits with the world. Chai Phonsuwan, a native Thai, first drew up a business plan while in university to export unique fruits such as mangosteen and rambutan, eventually settling on raw coconut water as the first project. After sharing his vision with a high school friend from Bangkok, Ben Minges, who was working in the beverage industry, both were struck by their common dream to create a cutting edge food and beverage company that would inspire and supplement a lifestyle that is better for both the body and the environment.
The heart of our company is in Thailand, where Watchara Khansawadee and Vilaivan Vatanavejvijit, native Thais, manage our many operations. Watchara began dabbling in the business of coconuts in 2002 when he started importing whole coconuts to Paris while in university. Afterwards, Watchara returned to Thailand and turned around his family’s tamarind business while establishing a tamarind cooperative, staying true to his principles of social entrepreneurship. Vilaivan, who has known Chai since he was born, is a pioneer in the Thai food industry, having created the first company to export frozen Thai meals around the world 20 years ago.
We are blessed to have a team of visionaries who have combined their expertise and passion to produce what we believe is the most soulful, authentic coconut water in the world.
At Copra, we represent the new wave of entrepreneurs that care not only about providing you with the most natural, healthy and sustainable products possible, but shifting society towards a lifestyle that is better for humans and the environment.
We struggled with the name of our brand for quite sometime. We thought of a variety of cute and catchy names, trying to find something that was trendy but we just didn't feel it was right for our brand. We began Copra to create authentic products, so we felt we needed authentic name that had a history, so we chose 'COPRA'.
Copra is the meat found on the inside of coconuts. When Copra is dried, it can be pressed to make coconut oil and processed into other products.
Decades ago, copra was one of the most valued commodities in Southeast Asia and the Pacific as a source of cash and traded goods but in recent years has been largely forgotten as a result of modern industrialization. It is our goal to bring back the legend of Copra in our own way - by creating cutting edge products that deserve to be sold because they are good for the mind, body and soul.