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Main Food Suppliers

The majority of the population engages in some form of subsistence production of food, with approximately half producing almost all of their basic food needs through farming, sea harvesting, and animal husbandry.

Today, the majority of Tonga's agriculture is still based on traditional farming systems.  

On their allotments, farmers often grow cash crops alongside subsistence crops. Root crops are both a staple of the Tongan diet and an export crop, and yams, taro, cassava and sweet potatoes dominate cropping systems.  

Farmers join together in cooperatives to supply bulk produce for the export market. Agricultural exports account for around two-thirds of the country's total exports (total exports $17 mil, 2014)

The top export destinations of Tonga are New Zealand ($3.47M), the United States($3.03M), Japan ($2.07M), Hong Kong ($1.74M) and Australia ($1.58M).

Of total imports ($229 mil, 2014). The top import origins are New Zealand($60.5M), Singapore ($43.2M), China ($25.4M), the United States ($22.5M) and Fiji ($20.4M).


Although there is no manufacturing or production there is a wide variety of imported foods available largely imported from Australia and NZ. Generally all food types can be imported and purchased locally from supermarkets or convenience stores.


For more information on food supplier contact details, please see the following link: 4.2.8 Tonga Additional Service Provision Contact List

Retail Sector

There are many medium sized retailers. These are generally stable well-established family businesses supplying a wide range of imported goods from recognised international manufacturers. Credit is often available through finance companies.

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 – Punjas Fiji

Manufacture and distribute quality foods, beverages and household cleaning and cosmetic products across Pacific-wide distribution network  partners include Anchor, Coca Cola, Goodman Fielder, Heineken and Diageo.

Punjas also has in-house design, printing, plastic bottling and cardboard box-making operations

Supplier Overview

Company Name

Punjas Fiji Ltd


63, Vitogo Parade, Lautoka, Fiji

(Punjas Head Office, Address)

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity?


In Fiji but not in Tonga

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity?



Does the supplier have its own transport capacity?


Does the supplier have its own storage facilities?


Approximate Turnover in MT


Not supplied

Payment Methods Accepted

Cash. Credit with prior arrangement

Other Comments or Key Information




Other Locations


Service Location(s)

 Punjas has established subsidiaries in Tonga,  Kiribati, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea .

Each subsidiary has nationwide distribution with offices, warehouses and transport infrastructure.


Primary Goods / Commodities Available

Commodities by Type**

(SITC Rev 4 Division Code - Title)


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



01 - Meat and meat preparations



02 - Dairy products and birds’ eggs



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



04 - Cereals and cereal preparations

Wheat, rice, flour of maize, pasta...

Goods are imported

05 - Vegetables and fruit

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

Goods are imported

06 - Sugars, sugar preparations and honey

Sugars (beet or cane) raw, natural honey, fruit/nuts preserved by sugar

Goods are imported

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

Coffee, cocoa, chocolate, tea, mate, pepper…

Goods are imported

09 - Miscellaneous edible products and preparations

. ready-to-eat foods, margarine, sauces, soups and broths, yeasts…

Goods are imported

41 - Animal oils and fats



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

Fixed vegetable fats and oils, crude, refined or fractionated

Goods are imported

**For non-food products please see section 3.5.2 Additional Suppliers, and for FUEL/PETROLEUM products please see section 3.1 Tonga Fuel


Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider.

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