The President of the Samoa Association of Manufacturers & Exporters –Tagaloa Eddie Wilson; the Executive and members of SAME met with the Executive delegation from USA & Japan –at the Travellers Point Malifa, on Thursday 23rd June 2016 to look at export ready food & beverage products from Samoa for the USA & Japanese market. The delegation was led by grand-daughter of the Late Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon.Tofilau Eti Alesana, Miss Crystal Corcoran who co-ordinated the visit, and was accompanied by FL Network USA & Japan Executive Directors as well as their main distributors in Tokyo Japan.
The delegation witnessed Samoa’s latest selection of Export Ready products-such Pacific Oil’s virgin coconut oil; Samoa’s own boutique beers-such as Vailima Export; Pure & Vailima Natural as well as Taula; Manutagi and Sama; Snack products from Tropical Crisps; Cocoa Nibs and Paste from Nora’s Plantation; Wilex Samoa’s Milk & Dark Chocolates-and Macadamia and Almonds of Samoan origin; Samoa’s own Chilli sauce; CCK Honey & Coffee; Breadfruit flour and avocado oil produced by SROS; as well as various Nonu Juices from various SAME exporters.
FL Network USA has 365 shops outlets throughout Japan which distributes their products and employ over 7,000 people. The President of SAME –highlighted the quality of Samoan made niche products as witnessed by the delegation, and the fact that the local producers are ISO 9001:2008 and HACCP Certified. The delegation were impressed with the quality of the products on display and expressed interest in trial shipments as well as agreeing to work with SAME on packaging and labelling for new products from Samoa aimed at the Japanese and USA markets.