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Portion Pak Grows

Portion Pak’s Fiji Soap Co is revolutionising the Pacific Islands’ hotel and hospitality industry by pioneering a wide range of Fijian-made guest amenities. The company specializes in a range of
25 Jun 2017 16:25
Portion Pak Grows

Portion Pak’s Fiji Soap Co is revolutionising the Pacific Islands’ hotel and hospitality industry by pioneering a wide range of Fijian-made guest amenities.

The company specializes in a range of botanical skin care products using local ingredients.

General Manager Sales & Marketing Jimi Kennedy-Grant said the aim of the company is to supply Fijian resorts with local products.

Most of their products are made from coconut oil in Savusavu to help provide an authentic island experience for visitors.

“These little things cost cents but have a massively disproportionate influence on a guest’s perception,” said Mr Kennedy-Grant.

“No-one wants to go on holiday to Fiji and spend the day lying by the pool only to then go for a shower back in their room and see ‘Made in China’ stamped on the side of their guest amenities. They want ‘Made in Fiji’ so they know they’re getting a genuine taste of the islands.”

Director Peter Whyte first had the vision for manufacturing Fijian-made products for the tourism industry over 40 years ago, and is extremely proud to be adding hair and body care products that are “Made in Fiji. Made of Fiji”.

“Initially we were reselling Health Pak products from New Zealand.

However, we have invested heavily over the years and the largest growth we’ve seen has come since we started our lines of Fiji-made products,” added Mr Kennedy-Grant.

“So we have now gone from setting up our purpose-built factory with some sachet machines and packet control unit machines that can pack the sugar and honey and now invested in a blow-moulder to make our own bottles and some pretty significant mixing machinery in order to make our own shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion.”

As well as creating the bottling line, Portion Pak has also had to reinforce the concrete floor to support the bottling machine.

Much of the expertise and training of the Fijian staff has come from the company’s New Zealand sister company HealthPak.

 

Next move

Next on the company’s list of plans to help promote Fiji’s tourism industry is a new range of specially designed bottles that will be able to be recycled.

“This is just another one of those things that impresses guests. It’s not that they need it necessarily, but knowing that our bottles are made of high-density polyethylene means that when Fiji is able to recycle plastics, these bottles will be recyclable,” he said.

“It’s a way of future-proofing the products for a growing and changing tourism industry.”

 

About Portion Pak:

Portion Pak is already a Fijian success story in terms of business and has grown significantly over the past 16 years to employ eight people.

It manufactures in excess of 4 million products last year alone, including individually packed laundry and dish washing powders, drinking chocolate, Fijian sugar and Fijian honey.

But the upgrade of its purpose-built factory at Malolo, Nadi now means the company has a wet room for manufacturing cosmetic liquids and bottling line to create a totally Fiji-made range of shampoos, conditioners, body wash and body balms for daily deliveries.

These go to Nadi and Coral Coast resorts and accommodation, and weekly deliveries to Suva.

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