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4.8 Fiji Additional Service Provision Contact List

Local Food Supplies Market

While there is an increase in the retail supermarkets offering a range of imported good predominantly from Australia and New Zealand this is underpinned by local food markets of tropical fruits, vegetables meat and fish in the coastal areas. 

Food Imports

Australia supplies approximately 38 percent of the total food and beverage market in Fiji and shares a position of preferred supplier along with New Zealand.

Fiji imports the majority of its food and beverage requirements. There is a small and relatively concentrated food processing industry with the grocery retail sector being the largest sub-sector, three times the size of the food service industry.

The retail sector is relatively fragmented with four main players, the largest of which is Morris Hedstrom. Close to half of Fiji’s population lives in the greater Suva area thus it is this geographic region that dominates retail sales. Suva also is a hub for the Pacific Islands with a number of regional institutions and multinational corporations that service the Pacific islands. As a result, there is also a notable expatriate community.

Australia currently supplies approximately one-third of the fruit and vegetables exported to Fiji. Those that are most commonly imported include:

  • Fruit – apples, oranges, grapes, pears, plums, dates, nectarines, peaches and nashi pears.
  • Vegetables – carrots, peas, dried legumes, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot, asparagus, turnips, and parsley.

Food Suppliers

Retail

There is a range of 6-8 different supermarket retailers that operate in the major cities and towns. The largest is MH  (Morris Hedstrom) followed by New World who also have a chain of supermarkets.

Wholesale

There are a number of wholesale food suppliers throughout Fiji who are also exporters. These are predominant suppliers of Indian food products throughout the Asia Pacific Region

Morris Hedstrom – General Food

  • Morris Hedstrom (MH) is Fiji’s largest wholesale and retail organization with a chain of Supermarkets and Homemaker (variety) Stores.
  • In the environs of the capital Suva, MH operates supermarkets in the City, Nabua, Nasinu and a suburban shopping complex in Tamavua. It also operates specialized Homemaker Stores in the City and Nabua and a variety and stationery store also in the City.
  • The MH chain of stores extends to Nausori, Naulu and Korovou not far from Suva, and on to Navua, Sigatoka, Nadi, Namaka and Lautoka in the West, Ba and Tavua on the north-western coast of the main island, Labasa and Savusavu on Vanua Levu, the second largest island, and Somosomo on the island of Taveuni.

New World IGA Supermarkets

New World is a family business started in a small town of BA in 1933. Later on, as the business grew, the Company started opening chain of supermarkets, serving the major towns and cities in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu – the two major islands of Fiji. Currently, the group has 17 supermarkets with a total strength of around 1000 employees.

Newworld also holds and operates the master franchisee of IGA in FIJI.

Suppliers of other commodities

Hardware and NFIs

Suppliers are generally reliable and the government will privilege national procurement instead of the import emergency relief items. This being said, even if nearly all NF humanitarian items (Shelters, cooking kits, hygiene kits …) may be found in the country, the local suppliers only maintain stocks fitting with the general needs of the country and are not ready for a surge to support large humanitarian needs.

-             The biggest stocks operators may rely on turn around 1,000 pcs maximum all agencies included.

-             Furthermore, as a real competition will happen, including the local and national actors, it is predictable that the prices will increase significantly during emergencies (noticed from past experiences).

-             Finally, the process for renewal of supplies may be slow.

Hardware and NFI Suppliers

Vinod Patel & Company Ltd.

Vinod Patel & Co. Ltd is an established company situated in the Fiji Islands, dealing in hardware retail. Since opening, the company has grown to become Fiji’s largest chain of hardware stores, with ten branches nationwide. Vinod Patel is a primary exporter of hardware to island nations in the Pacific making it the leading hardware retailer and exporter in the South Pacific region.

Vinod Patel & Co. Ltd. has branches located in all major towns and cities and has a product range of more than 35 000 items.

In addition, associated manufacturing companies; Ba Industries Limited (BIL) and Tubemakers and Roofmart Limited (TRL) provide roofing nails, galvanized and wire nails, PVC pipes and fittings, metal roofing and walling materials, farm fencing, chain link fence, barbed wire and a complete range of structural and reinforcing steel.

Carpenters Hardware Ltd.

Carpenters Hardware is a major supplier of building and industrial contracting materials. Building materials on offer include general hardware, plumbing, floor and wall tiles and domestic and industrial electrical products.

The division provides a range of services through the head office and Suva Branch in Walubay and a network of branches in Suva City, MHCC, Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Rakiraki, back upLevuka, Taveuni, Labasa, Savusavu.

The division offers a full range of timbers, including pine and native timber. Carpenters Hardware offers a range of steel products in beam sheets and rods including a steel cutting and bending, as well as a wire rope cutting and splicing service.

Carpenters Hardware is one of the largest wholesalers in commercial and industrial electrical products, including air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as providing backup spare parts service. Carpenters Hardware also specializes in offering a full range of domestic electrical and lighting products.

 

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