Other than fish and coconut products FSM 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 A One mart, Ace and Yoshis are the main food importers into the country. There are also small grocery retailers in Pohnpei and less so in other states. They can along with other local entrepreneurs import additional food stocks if required. There is no food processing industry in FSM.
All supermarkets sell dairy, meat products, rice, sugar, oils. Cereals and pulses are imported in a much more limited way however they are available.
For more information on food supplier contact details, please see the following link: 4.10 Micronesia Supplier Contact List
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wholesale suppliers are the same retail super market companies as listed above. Ace, A One Mart and have been established between 12-15 years while Yoshis have been established within the last 10 years
Nett Cir Island Road Pohnpei
Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity?
Does the supplier have its own retail capacity?
Yes supplies direct to public
Does the supplier have its own transport capacity?
Does the supplier have its own storage facilities?
Yes but small
Approximate Turnover in MT
Payment Methods Accepted
Cash at retail level
Other Comments or Key Information
Primary Goods / Commodities Available
Commodities by Type**
(SITC Rev 4 Division Code - Title)
00 - Live animals (other than fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.)
Communities have chickens and pigs for local consumption
01 - Meat and meat preparations
Primarily chicken 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 Mahi Mahi
04 - Cereals and cereal preparations
Predominantly rice, flour and pasta
05 - Vegetables and fruit
vegetables, fruit and nuts, jams/jellies, fruit juice
Tropical Fruit and fresh salad vegetables are grown locally as is traditional food such as Taro and breadfruit. Citrus fruit apples and other vegetables are mostly imported.
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…
Pepper is grown locally
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
**For non-FOOD products please see section 3.5.2 Additional Suppliers, and for FUEL/PETROLEUM products please see section 3.1 Fuel.
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