Our Story

Sri Lanka, a tropical island known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean receives sunshine and rainfall throughout the year. The Island, blessed with rich soil, is perfectly suited for agriculture. Coconut is one of the top three plantation crops in Sri Lanka and presently the island has become the 5th largest coconut producer in the world.
We are a family owned company and we have been in the coconut industry since 1947 under “Beligala Coconut Products (Pvt) Ltd”. Now, we are venturing towards a highly demanded and delicate product – virgin coconut oil. Thus, engaging primarily in the manufacturing, marketing, trading and exporting of “Coco Bana” Virgin Coconut Oil – under Asenro Coconut Products (Pvt) Ltd.
Whilst Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was known at the time, was still under colonial rule, the late Bennet Gunasekera, saw opportunity in one of the most abundant crops in the country – the coconut tree. He was a pioneering entrepreneur in the Sri Lankan coconut industry who founded Beligala Coconut Products (Pvt) Ltd and established one of the country’s first and largest coconut factories in Alawwa in the year 1947.
The story of the Gunasekera family’s relationship with the coconut industry is entwined with the history of their country. As the nation achieved its independence from the British and became a Republic, the family business grew exponentially reaching new heights in product diversity and export markets. At its peak, the company was exporting to 15 different countries, 100 tonnes of product a month. Mr. Bennet Gunasekera, utilized his success in the coconut business to transform the lives of his people and went on to represent his electorate in Parliament and served as an MP for 12 years (1977 – 1989). His son, Mr. Mahen Gunasekera, following his illustrious father’s footsteps went on to serve the country as an MP and Minister as well.
Turbulent times hit the island in the latter part of the 20th century with increasing civil unrest. Amidst this backdrop, Mr. Bennet Gunasekera’s youngest son, Mr. Saman Gunasekera, took over as the Managing Director of the company in 1985 and managed to steer it to further success despite political instability. His meticulous approach and keen eye for detail ensured optimum quality of products and won the confidence of clients worldwide. It was under his tutelage that the company won the NCE Export Awards 2011.
As the nation now looks towards the future filled with renewed hope and optimism with the dawn of peace and stability, the Gunasekera family has decided to place its trust in virgin coconut oil. This elixir of the islands with unparalleled healing properties and practical uses is a true tropical blessing that must be shared with human beings across the planet. 
It was with such ambition and unbending determination that Mr. Saman Gunasekera, drawing on his wealth of experience of over 33 years in the coconut industry, along with his sons, established Asenro Coconut Products (Pvt) Limited, with a state-of-the-art factory located in Kurunegala, at the heart of the country’s ‘coconut triangle’, fully equipped and professionally staffed to produce the highest quality virgin coconut oil under the brand name “Coco Bana Virgin Coconut Oil”.

Chairman’s message

It is with immense pleasure that I welcome you to the website of Cocobana. Cocobana is the brand name of Asenero Coconut Products (private) Limited. The company that I founded in keeping with the Gunasekera family tradition as pioneers of the coconut industry in Sri Lanka. I intend to draw on my wealth of experience in the coconut industry, having been the managing director of Beligala coconut products, the company founded by my father – late Bennet Gunasekera, for over 35 years, where I oversaw the manufacturing, packing and the exporting of coconut products to over 15 different countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

I am filled with excitement and optimism for my new venture and for the future of virgin coconut oil and the coconut industry in Sri Lanka.

I hope the website has given you enough insight in to our company and encouraged you to place your trust in us.

I can assure you that we will strive for excellence as we always have. My past success in the industry is testament to that.

Yours sincerely,
Saman Gunasekera
Chairman – Asenro Coconut Products (Pvt) Ltd

     Contact US

 

 

Mobile: +94 774484125
info@cocobana.lk

Office

Asenro Coconut Products (Pvt) Ltd,
No. 7 Bullers Lane,
Colombo 7

Factory

Asenro Coconut Products (Pvt) Ltd,
Weththawa,
Dambadeniya.
Sri Lanka

 

     Contact US

 

 

Mobile: +94 774484125
info@cocobana.lk

Office

Asenro Coconut Products (Pvt) Ltd,
No. 7 Bullers Lane,
Colombo 7

Factory

Asenro Coconut Products (Pvt) Ltd,
Weththawa,
Dambadeniya.
Sri Lanka