Nutiva (Richmond, CA) has acquired Coconut Secret, a leading brand of coconut aminos, from its parent company Leslie’s Organics, LLC. Created in 2009 by siblings Leslie and Randy, Coconut Secret established itself as a leader in the soy-free Asian sauces category.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Coconut Secret into our family of sustainable foods as we pursue a brighter future with innovative products that lead the plant-based and organic culinary space,” said Steven Naccarato, CEO of Nutiva, in a press release. “With unsurpassed quality and taste, its unique Coconut Aminos line caught our eye from the beginning, and we are excited to bolster its portfolio of organic, Asian-inspired offerings. The synergies between our companies allow us to strive to achieve Nutiva’s mission to build a better future by furthering food education, empowering farmers, and providing consumers with the best sustainable and USDA Certified Organic products the market has to offer. We have always admired Coconut Secret and couldn’t imagine a better fit with Nutiva, from its product suite to mission & values.”
Nutiva and Coconut Secret both source coconut ingredients from certified organic, fair-trade farms in the Philippines, and as a leader in the plant-based and organic culinary space, Nutiva’s acquisition of Coconut Secret will bolster the company’s reach into new categories while upholding the stringent beliefs and requirements it has relied on since its conception in 1999. “Randy and I very much enjoyed building Coconut Secret from the ground up, although we realized it was time to seek new owners to continue growing our brand to the next level,” said Leslie, co-owner of Leslie’s Organics. “Nutiva has a dedication to maintaining the organic ethos of the Coconut Secret brand, and we can’t wait to watch them expand and succeed in the future.”