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Local Kava On Display At Pasifika Fete

  Two successful local Kava companies will be showcasing their products in Auckland today. Bilo Sinai and Lami Kava are among the four local companies selected for the big Pasifika
25 Mar 2017 11:30
Local Kava On Display At Pasifika Fete
Bilo Sinai kava will showcase their product at the Pasifika Festival beginning in Auckland today.

 

Two successful local Kava companies will be showcasing their products in Auckland today.

Bilo Sinai and Lami Kava are among the four local companies selected for the big Pasifika Festival which starts today at Western Springs Park.

This is an opportunity for the two companies to test their products to a wide cross section of the New Zealand public and visitors. They will also get the chance to participate in Business to Business meetings where they will be introduced and meet potential buyers.

Bilo Sinai Director  Snehal Morris said: “They are delighted to be part of Pasifika Festival and they look forward to the two days of interaction with the Pasifika and wider Auckland community.

“We are fortune to be able to participate this year thanks to the Fiji Export Council and Pacific Trade and Invest in New Zealand.

“Attending the Pasifika Festival will definitely raise the profile of the company in a market such as New Zealand which has a lot of Kava consumers from Fiji and around the Pacific.

“It will also help us connect with clients and customers and hear from them on what they enjoy and hopefully we can cater for them.”

Ms Morris added at the festival they would be highlighting their business profile and what they do as a company also have some kava for people to try and buy.

Bilo Sinai was set up in January 2016 and their production commenced after two months.

“We are just shy of being a year-old and still very young in the industry. But we have come up with some new packaging and are focused to that has definitely helped us grow in a short time,” Ms Morris said.

“We started the company to ensure farmers in Kadavu were fairly compensated for their kava crop and Bilo Sinai aimed to create a niche among kava connoisseurs who appreciated good quality product. We undertook a lot of research to develop the packaging and the product to suit our clients overseas and hope to increase our export of Kava.

“However, due to the recent natural disasters the kava industry has seen huge price hikes and honestly if the prices of kava continue to rise the industry will definitely suffer and Fiji may lose a lot revenue from Kava exports as customers overseas simply cannot afford the high prices of Kava.”

 

About Pasifika Festival

The Pasifika Festival is a Pacific Islands-themed festival held annually in Western Springs, Auckland City, New Zealand.

Celebrated since 1993, it is the largest festival of its type in the world, and attracts over 225,000 visitors every year.

EDTED BY: IVAMERE NATARO

 

 



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