Flour on the rise
Today FMF exports products to more than 20 countries including Australia, New Zealand, all Pacific Island countries, United States and Canada, with six subsidiary companies under its wing.
It has grown into an integrated food company, using its expertise in milling to expand into rice, peas, biscuits, instant noodles, potato and dalo (taro) chips, and contributes significantly to the local economy by reducing import substitution for the country as much as possible.
FMF Managing Director, Ram Bajekal says “We realised as we grow, we are not just a rice or grain company, we need to really look at ourselves as a food company and try and see how much of the share of our consumers’ pantry or a kitchen can we occupy. That's our challenge, not just in Fiji but across the Pacific where we really would like to operate.”
According to Investment Fiji, while Fiji’s main exports including sugar, gold, fish and coconut oil remain strong, the last five years has seen ginger, flour, taro and sweet biscuits increase significantly.
A true leader
An extremely successful and influential business and community leader, Mr Punja's accolades are a reflection of his commitment to supporting the Fijian economy and his honest and giving approach to both business and the community.