Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation, the storied ‘pearl’ of the Indian Ocean is located south of the Indian subcontinent. For centuries, our forefathers have called the land of Sri Lanka ‘Paradise’ for its abundant beauty from the oceanic shades of blue from the sea that encircles the island, for the picturesque sunrise and sunset, for the fecund paddy fields where, rice, the Sri Lanka’s staple, is grown and for the magnificent greenery of the coconuts all around the island and the tea cultivations up in the misty hills.
Sri Lanka’s diverse landscape ranges from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. The country is famed for its ancient ruins of Buddhist monuments concentrated mainly in the districts of Anuradhapuraya and Polonnaruwa and also to, a lesser extent, in the other parts of the country. It’s also home to some of the other archeologically important heritages like the 5th century citadel Sigiriya with its palace and frescoes that are recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's ancient capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, abounds with the ruins that date back to more than 2,000 years.
The coconut tree is the commonest palm in Sri Lanka and is very much versatile where the Sri Lankans have been putting the different parts of the coconut tree to many uses for centuries. Whether it’s the trunk, fruit, or fronds, it always serves a significant purpose in the lives of Sri Lankan Nature’s miracle - the coconut tree is referred to as the ‘Tree of Heaven’ in some cultures and as the ‘Miracle Tree’ in the others. That reputation is well-justified. Since the inception of the coir industry in Sri Lanka in the 1860s, the coco pith and fiber have been considered beneficial for a number of reasons. Currently, the Sri Lankan coco-peat growing media are recognized as the world’s best soilless growing media and it’s a significant export revenue earner for the island of Sri Lanka.
Established in 2002, RIOCOCO is one of the major Coconut growing media manufacturers from Sri Lanka. At the time, it was almost unimaginable to set up a soilless growing media manufacturing operation. However, RIOCOCO’s co-founder -Shan Halamba was convinced of the country’s potential to produce high quality, uniform and consistent coconut growing media and invested in the best land of the South Asian Region. Today, running a global operation and working with some of the largest hydroponics greenhouse crop producers in the world, RIOCOCO is recognized as one of the foremost soilless growing media manufacturers in the region and also as the highest quality single origin growing medium supplier in the world.
The brand was coined after long deliberation of scores of meaningful names bearing a relevance to the coconut. Bryan Heart, a New Zealander, who was behind the discovery of coco peat-based soilless growing media business potential in the USA, came up with the idea to meaningfully incorporate the two words COIR and COCO in the brand name “RIOCOCO”. Spelt backward from the letter ’C’ in the middle, it’s ‘COIR’. Spelt forward from the letter ’C’ in the middle, it’s ‘COCO’. Both COIR and COCO mean Coconut. Since Sri Lanka, which is widely hailed as the “Land Like No Other”, is the source of the growing medium, RIOCOCO has been marketing its brand and products with the bold claim “A Growing Medium Like No Other” paying a silent tribute to the industry’s roots in Sri Lanka.
Today, RIOCOCO not only projects the image of Sri Lanka as one of the world’s major Coconut growers, but also serves high quality soilless growing medium from Sri Lanka to the world. With the waste product of Sri Lanka having become a crucial link of the world food chain, RIOCOCO prides itself on the rare honor and privilege of contributing to feed the world with the crops growing in its world-class soilless growing medium all over the world.
SHAN HALAMBA – Co-Founder and CEO of RIOCOCO
Ceyhinz Link International Inc., is one of the world's largest suppliers of cultivation solutions with clean, controllable, 100% natural coir-based substrates and ecological restoration solutions. Our Riococo Coir substrates utilize the natural properties of processed coir fiber, pith and fractions.
Since the company's inception, we have been manufacturing world-class coir products from the facilities in Sri Lanka. Our use of the highest quality raw materials, which were produced by nature and combined with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment, enables us to produce the highest quality coir fiber products. Our headquarters are located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex of Texas, U.S.A.We currently have branch offices and distributors in 50 countries across the globe, spanning six continents.
At Ceyhinz Link International, we have taken a quantum leap into the future of this industry. Our around-the-clock R & D programs in our analytical laboratory have continued to develop the next generation of growing medium for the hydroponics, nursery and landscaping industries. Our continuous and ongoing research in world-class greenhouse climates in many parts of the world help us to develop Custom Made substrate varieties. We are leading the coir substrate and fiber industries into a new era.