Samoan nonu growers pleased with bottled juice exports


New Zealand company Pure Pacifika, which has been exporting nonu fruit in bulk to China since last year will now bottle the extracted juice before shipping.<!--more-->

The company had hoped to supply three million liters of nonu a year when it set up in Samoa, but late last year had to reduce the volume of fruit it was buying due to issues with its client from China, reports Radio New Zealand International.

"If the volumes that they had initially talked about are going to be met, it doesn’t necessarily matter whether it’s bulk or bottled. I mean, in most instances – bottled products – you’re going to get a higher return as opposed to bulk, so I would think from foreign revenue point of view it’s going to be a positive," President of the Samoa Nonu Association Garry Vui told RNZI.

The company now expects exports to pick up again and Garry Vui says growers just want to sell the nonu they’re growing.

China is a growing market for nonu juice. The fruit is also referred to as noni in the Pacific islands region.