Our storied history begins in the mid-1800s, when the J.H. Vavasseur Company established its coconut export trade in the Far East.
With the rise in popularity of confectionary coconut products in the 1870s, merchants were faced with a mounting dilemma: long shipping times by sea to the distant UK and Europe led to frequent and vast spoilage of the whole coconuts, as was the only manner by which they could be shipped at the time.
In 1888, engineer and entrepreneur Henry Vavasseur headed a firm that conducted experiments on a tea leaf dryer, successfully developing a process for preserving coconut meat through drying (or desiccating).
With that groundbreaking innovation, an industry was born — one which we have proudly remained at the forefront of since its genesis.
That we are the oldest name in coconuts is no accident.
Through war, economic turmoil, and vast changes in global trade, we have been there to survive, thrive, and advance our industry.
Today, we remain an industry leader through a steadfast commitment to continuous innovation and improvement in all aspects of our business, as well as the highest possible standards in our products, our service, and reliability.
Transitioning from RV Industries (RVI) to Red V Foods Corp., we aim to expand our offerings in diversified food products, while maintaining the highest standards and continuous innovation in our core offerings.
The Vavasseurs first travel to the Far East, establishing connections in British Ceylon (Sri Lanka), forming the foundation of their coconut export business.
Henry Vavasseur relocates to Ceylon, becoming an East Indian Merchant and dealing in spices, coconut, and tea.
Business in the Far East, especially Ceylon, is developing very successfully. The London office expands.
The company significantly expands its interests in the coconut business.
The J.H. Vavasseur Company successfully invents the desiccation process for coconuts. The first rendered coconut shipment is sent from the Far East to London by sea. By the time the ships return, a demand for large quantities from London are filed and an industry is born.
Exports of coconuts from Ceylon are immense, reaching 6,000 tons.
The Vavasseur brand, characterized by its hallmark black “V” on the foil-lined shipping chests, is launched in the United States, under the aptly named “Black V” moniker.
Exports of coconuts from Ceylon rise steadily, increasing tenfold to 60,000 tons.
The United States imposes a 30% tariff on desiccated coconuts.
World War I breaks out.
In order to assist the Philippines, the United States declares that coconut imports from the Philippines would be considered duty free.
The Vavasseur Company opens for business in the Philippines, their shipments marked with a striking red “V”, distinguishing them from the black “V” adorning shipments from elsewhere in the world. Appropriately, the company is named “Red V Coconut Products Co.”.
Philippine desiccated coconuts destined for the United States increases from 8 million pounds to 76 million pounds.
Operation is disrupted by World War II as the Philippines is occupied by Japan. The Red V facilities is used as a cavalry station for a time.
The company sponsors development of blanching and pasteurization processes for coconut products, in cooperation with Rutgers University — techniques and processes that are now used throughout the coconut industry.
A full implementation of quality control by way of advanced laboratories monitoring bacteriological profiles of all production is instituted. A new standard for quality is established.
RV Industries, Inc. (RVI) is established to assume the exclusive distribution of the Red V brand throughout North, Central and South America. In 1994, RVI moved to a larger and more modern production and warehouse facility in Doraville (near Atlanta), Georgia, to be able to serve better its growing industrial, food service and retail markets. Their plant facilities earn a “Superior” rating.
RVI moves to a modern and expansive 110,000 sq. ft. production and warehouse facility in Buford, Georgia. The new facility allows for an expanded production line including manufacturing lines, packaging lines and filling lines.
RV Industries, Inc. becomes Red V Foods Corp. with the goal of diversifying its food product catalog, while retaining and advancing its stake in coconut products.
Red V Foods Corp. is the leading distributor and manufacturer of desiccated coconut products in the United States. We specialize in USDA-certified organic, non-GMO premium coconut products, sourcing the best and highest quality raw ingredients from across the globe, while delivering outstanding results through our superior supply chain. We take immense pride in our deeply rooted connection with local farmers, their land, and their communities.
From the invention of the desiccation process for coconuts to our diversified technologies and food products, Red V Foods Corp. remains true to its heritage of innovation.
Through diversified technologies and our state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a superior supply chain, we continue to deliver the superior quality coconut food products to retail chains across the United States.
Red V Foods is a subsidiary of Axelum Resources Corp. in the Philippines, a pioneer in the production of the world’s finest coconut food products.
We are headquartered in a 110,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and distribution facility located in the Metro Atlanta area. This accessible location enables Red V Foods to service markets across the USA and Canada, as well as parts of South America. Red V Foods also has the flexibility to pack in various sizes, in customer specific designs and requirements.
We’ve extended our capability to source other food ingredients and snack items from various Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
The Atlanta production facility is a CERTIFIED ORGANIC plant, and operates under strict GMP and HACCP programs. Our facility is Kosher certified, Halal-certified and audited yearly by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF). Red V Foods is certified in SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing.
Axelum has dedicated staff who visit farmers who supply organic coconuts to Axelum / Red V Foods. Our staff travel to remote sites and farmlands throughout the southern region of the Philippines to inspect and monitor farms to ensure that strict organic standards are followed.
We have achieved ISO 17025 accreditation for Axelum Laboratories. Something that elevates the quality and reliability of its laboratory work to the level of a third party laboratory.
Red V Foods is part of a truly global team, one committed to the pursuit and attainment of excellence, while providing the highest level of service to its client base. Red V Food’s direct affiliation with Axelum Resources Corporation — one of the largest coconut manufacturing companies in the Philippines — greatly enhances the service and products it provides its markets and clients.
Aside from Red V Food’s own production facility in Atlanta, Axelum Resources Corp. has extensive manufacturing facilities which are dedicated to fully support Red V Food’s programs, ensuring consistent high quality to its customers, providing an uninterrupted supply of products and ensuring timely delivery of all orders.
Additionally, Red V Foods is able to source and supply a wide variety of food ingredients and snack items, by utilizing the facilities of its affiliated companies based in Southeast Asia, Australia and Europe.
Red V Food’s success is in large part due to the hard work and dedication of its loyal, 40-strong office staff of executive managers, sales managers, production and warehouse personnel and broker network. Red V Foods has the support of over 4,000 employees from Axelum Resources Corp. who manufacture and produce desiccated coconut products in the Philippines.