PAST • PRESENT • FUTURE
Klassic Coconut was founded under the name Van Amerongen & Son in 1986 by Henk VanAmerongen Sr. At that time the only product sold was Sweetened Coconut.
Within the first year the company had outgrown its facilities and moved to Dundas, ON, into a 3,000 square foot warehouse. Around that same time Klassic Coconut took on two more partners: Henk Van Amerongen Jr. and Peter DeWaard.
In 1989, the company had once again outgrown their facility and moved to a new building in Hagersville, ON, that was more than 7 times bigger than their building in Dundas. A few years later, the building was expanded to include larger shipping facilities.
In 2014 it was time to move again. This time to Simcoe, ON. After purchasing an abandoned building, there was work to be done. No expense was spared in renovating this 52 000 square foot building. Our state of the art production facility has put us ahead of the curve in food safety and quality. Renovations lasted ten months. The first product was run in September while the door officially closed in Hagersville in October.
Expanding Product Lines
In 1992, Klassic Coconut created an all new special process for toasted coconut, which is now an important part of their product line.
In 1993 we began selling Desiccated Coconut.
In 2000 another production line was purchased. This time in the retail packaged market.
In 2014 with the purchase of a new building came opportunity to purchase a new toasting line. This new equipment has allowed us to triple our production capacity.
At first the coconut products were only sold in Canada, but in 1996 began selling internationally. At this time we started our own brand name of Klassic Coconut.
In the year 2000 with the addition of the retail packaging line Klassic Coconut launched into the retail market with great success, and in a few short years had started packaging for some of the world’s largest retailers and food distributers.
Today, Klassic Coconut sells its product brand, and others, all over North America. With the use of strategic outside warehousing we are able to service both the east and west coasts of the continent, saving our customers money and while providing them a better product.
Currently we have the production capacity to produce 50 000 lbs of toasted product and 78 000 lbs of sweetened product per day.
Klassic Coconut continues to grow and develop new product equipment and products in an effort to provide the best quality products possible. The Quality Control team continually evaluates the company’s Food Safety and Quality Standards to ensure no detail is missed. All this while still maintaining the core quality and family business ideals that has led Klassic Coconut this far.