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Overview

Other than fish and coconut products RMI imports all food goods. Food is retailed through 3 main supermarkets in the retail space and provide small wholesaling function attached to their main retail form of business. These super markets K and K, Cost Price and Formosa are the main food importers into the country. They can along with other local entrepreneurs import additional food stocks if required. There is however no food processing industry in RMI.

All supermarkets sell dairy, meat products, Rice, Sugar, oils. Cereals and pulses are imported in a much more limited way however they are available.

Additional information can be located from sources which are regularly maintained and reflect current facts and figures. For more specific and detailed overviews of food availability and market conditions, please consult the following sources:

WFP Vulnerability and Analysis Mapping (VAM): (http://vam.wfp.org/)

USAID Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET): (http://www.fews.net/)

For more information on food supplier contact details, please see the following link: 4.10 Supplier Contact List here.

Retail Sector

The primary retail sector is by way of 3 local supermarkets who are direct importers of their products and compete with each other. There are no global retailers.

Types of Retailers Available

Type of Retailer

Rank

(1-5)

Supermarket – concentrates mainly in supplying a range of food, beverage, cleaning and sanitation products; have significant purchasing power; are often part of national/regional/global chains.

3

Convenience Store/Mini Market – medium sized shop; offers a more limited range of products than supermarkets; usually has good/stable purchasing power; may be part of chain or cooperative.

3

Permanent shop with strong supply capacity individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; good storage and reliable supply options.

1

Permanent shop with limited supply capacity individually/family owned store; offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; limited storage and unstable supply options.

3

Mobile Shop/Market Stand individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; may be found at outdoor markets, camps or unstable environments.

4

Wholesale Suppliers

Wholesale suppliers are the same retail super market companies as listed above. K and K super markets and Cost Price have been established between 12-15 years while Formosa have been established within the last 10 years

Supplier Overview

Company Name

K and K Supermarkets

Address

Lagoon Road Majuro

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity?

No

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity?

Yes supplies direct to public

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity?

Yes

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities?

Yes

Approximate Turnover in MT

NA

Payment Methods Accepted

Cash at retail level

 

Supplier Overview

Company Name

Cost Price

Address

Lagoon Road Uliga

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity?

No

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity?

Yes supplies direct to public

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity?

Yes limited

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities?

Yes but small

Approximate Turnover in MT

NA

Payment Methods Accepted

Cash at retail level

Supplier Overview

Company Name

Formosa

Address

Lagoon Road Majuro

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity?

No

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity?

Yes supplies direct to public

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity?

No

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities?

Limited uses containers

Approximate Turnover in MT

NA

Payment Methods Accepted

Cash at retail level

Supplier Overview

Company Name

Triple J Supermarket

Address

Ebey Dock Road Ebeye

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity?

No

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity?

Yes supplies direct to public

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity?

No

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities?

Limited

Approximate Turnover in MT

NA

Payment Methods Accepted

Cash at retail level

Other Locations

Region(s)

Service Location(s)

Kwajalein

Ebeye

Primary Goods / Commodities Available

Commodities by Type**

(SITC Rev 4 Division Code - Title)

Comments

00 - Live animals (other than fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.)

None.

Communities have chickens and pigs for local consumption

01 - Meat and meat preparations

Primarily chick and pork. Processed meats such as sausages. Canned spam processed ham and bacon

 

02 - Dairy products and birds’ eggs

milk, yogurt, butter, cheese, eggs…

 

03 - Fish (not marine mammals), crustaceans, molluscs…

fish (chilled or frozen), fish (salted or in brine), fish liver and roes…

Fish locally caught Tuna and Moi

04 - Cereals and cereal preparations

Predominantly rice, flour and pasta

 

05 - Vegetables and fruit

vegetables, fruit and nuts, jams/jellies, fruit juice

Fruit and vegetable supplies are all imported and occasionally are unavailable due to delays in the arriving shipment. There is no evidence of a cool store buffer stick mechanism for such contingencies

06 - Sugars, sugar preparations and honey

Processed sugars, processed honey, fruit/nuts preserved by sugar …

 

07 - Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof

coffee, cocoa, chocolate, tea, mate, pepper…

 

09 - Miscellaneous edible products and preparations

ready-to-eat foods, margarine, sauces, soups/

There is a large range of processed food  available in supermarkets

41 - Animal oils and fats

There is a limited supply of  animal fats

 

42/43 - Fixed vegetable fats and oils, crude, refined or fractionated

olive oil and vegetable oil

 

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