ANZ Samoa Country Head, Bernie Poort says his team understands what it means to be a relationship bank.
“For us it’s about ongoing communication, sharing insights and links from our home markets and providing connections,” says Poort.
“Often in Samoa, the difficult part is just finding the expertise from around the world to show us how to do new things, like looking to innovation to grow fruit and vegetables locally.
“The Frankie model is to continue to find ways to reduce reliance on imports, which is great for the country because it not only creates jobs but delivers cheaper products to consumers,” says Poort.
Top quality and affordable produce
After seeing that using hydroponics to grow produce could achieve better results, Frankie decided to use this method to ensure they could grow a range of top quality produce year-round.
The decision has paid off, leading to an impressive expansion while giving customers access to more affordable vegetables.
“These vegetables we grow – for example tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums - they can actually see the improvement in quality, but also, most importantly, the price,” says Pitovaomanaia.
“We used to import from New Zealand every week and the cost of tomatoes to the customer at the supermarket was about $25 - that is really high.”