4 Oct 2010

Vanuatu flour company seeks offshore markets

6:23 am on 4 October 2010

A local food company in Vanuatu is trying to find a way to market and sell their organically grown gluten free flour to New Zealanders.

Lapita Cafe Limited has successfully launched its unique brand of flour in Port Vila that is proving to be highly versatile and popular.

Managing Director, Votausi Mackenzie-Reur, says samples of products made with the flour have found favour with foreigners too.

"There was a lot of interest from people who came and brought the product because they found the quality and the characteristic of the product in the pastry was really good quality. So I think that gives me a lot of encouragement and initiative to continue to continue to work towards that export level. And also to increase my volume and to see what we can produce and also to go back to our farmers to determine the volume that each farmer can plant for us to be able to seriously get into that gluten free market in New Zealand."

Votausi Mackenzie-Reur says she's currently in negotiations with some New Zealand based organic food companies to stock the flour.