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Let’s Go Local: Castaway, Baravi And Yasawas For American Businessman

The Gurajat-born businessman left home when he was 23, on a bicycle bound for America. The year was 1979. He cycled for the most part, but flew over the Atlantic to get to America, where he started off as a driver
30 Aug 2021 13:26
Let’s Go Local: Castaway, Baravi And Yasawas For American Businessman

American businessman, Ashwin Khandhaliwala, cycled the world, before he discovered Fiji.

He owns Ashwin Export and Import Pte Limited, a Namaka-based business that exports turmeric to America.

The Gurajat-born businessman left home when he was 23, on a bicycle bound for America. The year was 1979. He cycled for the most part, but flew over the Atlantic to get to America, where he started off as a driver

Mr Khandhaliwala opened a candy shop in Edison, New Jersey; before he moved on to own a grocery store business.

He has searched the world for the best turmeric, and now trades in spices.

“Before coming to Fiji, I went around the world looking for turmeric,” Mr Khandhaliwala said.

“I went to places like Jamaica, Caribbean countries, Philippines and Hawaii.

“The last stop I made was in Fiji.

“I was surprised to see the quality of turmeric Fiji has had to offer.

“Fiji has the best turmeric.”

American businessman, Aswhin Mr Khandhaliwala established his company in Nadi in 2018.

He plans to introduce his range of finished branded products to the local market.

“Only packaging materials are imported twice a year,” Mr Khandhaliwala said.

“Besides that, we do not import any other items.”

Mr Khandhaliwala has been in Fiji since the COVID-19 pandemic closed international borders.

What is one place in Fiji you would take friends to, and why?

Island resorts such as Castaway have the best views, and environment.

Tell us about your favourite spot for a coffee/pie, and why it matters to you.

Coffee shops that are by the roadside, such as Baravi Handicraft at Vatukarasa, have a peaceful surrounding.

It is such places that make the journey awesome.

What is your favourite backyard spot, and why?

Anywhere my bike takes me to explore new places.

What is one place in Fiji on your bucket list, and why?

The Yasawas.

I have heard a lot about it.

I’m particularly interested in swimming in the caves there.

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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