Investment Fiji secures trade deal for Island Style Peanut Butter products

Local business - Island Style Peanut Butter, which recently featured on Investment Fiji’s trade products list, is now garnering global attention, which has led them to secure an international trade deal.

According to Director Gary Pickering, a distributor from Japan saw their products on Investment Fiji's website and expressed interest in purchasing them.

"Investment Fiji, through their broad network and expertise across multiple markets, has been supporting businesses to grow.  Our local stockists include, New World IGA, Fresh Choice Supermarket, Extra Supermarket, and True mart Supermarket, but entering the Japanese market is a huge milestone," said Pickering.

"We have already dispatched one shipment to Japan, and we are excited about the future partnerships," he said.

Following the deal, the Wailoaloa, Nadi based company has also been invited to FOODEX Japan 2023, which is Asia’s leading professional trade show for food and beverage companies.

"FOODEX is a world-class international show, and participating in it, will put us in front of many potential buyers and distributors," said the Director.

Pickering acknowledged Investment Fiji for his recent achievements.

"Investment Fiji provided a platform for us to become more visible to potential importers around the world. This has been done through samples being sent to various trade offices and through Investment Fiji’s website promotion."

Gary Pickering (middle) with Investment Fiji staff ManishReddy (left) and Leilani Volau (right)

Island Style Peanut Butter products can also be found at renown resorts and hotels across Fiji, and the company is ready for its next plan.

"Our next phase is to introduce a new flavour range using another Fijian product in our peanut butter.  We are also finalizing designs for a small gift box range that will attract the attention of the foreign customers who visit Fiji as tourists and might want to gift the product to their family and friends when they return," said Pickering.

"We also hope to expand our export business in the next six months with prospective distributors in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand."

Meanwhile, Investment Fiji Chief Executive Officer Kamal Chetty said Fijian products have a lot of potential in the global market.

"Our team has assisted numerous businesses in the past, and we are continuing to support more local entrepreneurs to help them expand their reach in every way possible," said Chetty.

"By increasing exports, we are allowing our local businesses to become more confident, to thrive and create more job opportunities, and to continue to contribute to Fiji’s economy," mentioned the Chief Executive Officer.