Source Ethically and Sustainably From the Blue Pacific

It’s no secret that consumers are increasingly more astute in asking where their products are sourced from, and how they are produced. People are actively seeking out goods with the descriptors “sustainable, organic, traceable and fair trade”.

The main factors driving this upward trend include a growing awareness of the repercussions from the use of synthetic ingredients, the effect they have on health, the rise in plant-based manufacturing demand, and an ageing population. 

The sun, sea, and fertile lands of the Blue Pacific create perfect conditions to many natural and useful ingredients using local farmers, traditional knowledge and processing procedures which do not strip products of their natural goodness.

The producers Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand (PTINZ) represent grow sustainably farmed, ethically sourced products which are harvested by local families and communities. By choosing to purchase from Pacific producers you are helping to employ these local families, raise their living standard, and positively impact their community and their country’s economy.

For more than 30 years, PTINZ has been the Pacific region’s lead trade promotion agency, the trade and investment arm of the Pacific Islands Forum and is funded by MFAT.

As a not-for-profit organisation, PTINZ does not generate income from any of the products listed. Its role is to facilitate the introduction between businesses in the Blue Pacific and retailers, wholesalers, and distributors in Aotearoa New Zealand. These products include:

VANILLA POWDER

Pure, unadulterated vanilla bean powder lending sublime flavour to baking. Because it doesn’t contain alcohol which can evaporate in the high heat as it does with extracts vanilla powder will retain its gorgeous flavour. From an organic certified producer in Vanuatu providing an income to vanilla suppliers living in remote villages. Origin: Vanuatu

 

NATURAL AROMAS

We have available beautiful natural extracts made from 100% local and natural plants. With no additives these aromas are the scent of the Pacific Islands with cacao, lemon, combava and coffee available. This provider is currently working on gaining their organic agriculture certification as well as a range of natural food colours. Origin: New Caledonia

 

 

CACAO NIBS

Cacao nibs are a highly nutritious chocolate product made from crushed cocoa beans which contain antioxidants. The small size and intense chocolatey flavour of cacao nibs help give them the nickname “nature’s chocolate chips.” Great as a snack, add to favourite trail mixes, granola, smoothies, or Mexican mole sauces. Origin: Solomon Islands

 

MOZUKU SEAWEED 

Low in calories, mozuku seaweed makes an ideal snack and side dish to enjoy. It is a unique brown seaweed which is a natural source of fucoidan with great antioxidant properties. When mozuku is boiled in water, its colour turns green. The seaweed has a firm, crunchy texture like wakame. In Japan, mozuku is often eaten as a form of tempura, suimono (a classic Japanese autumnal soup), or with a vinegar sauce. Origin: Tonga

BLUE PRAWNS

The Caledonian blue prawn is the only French prawn to be recognised as ‘sashimi’ in Japan. Its unique taste, firm but tender flesh and beautiful blue colour make it a product of excellence appreciated by chefs and consumers. These prawns are produced in very low quantities, in basins with natural beds, using non-aggressive traditional methods, working alongside local tribes to ensure practices are environmentally conscious. Origin: New Caledonia

GOURMET SALT

Salt is shaking off it’s bad rep and is coming back with a vengeance in the form of solar-evaporated, unprocessed artisan sea salt from the pristine waters of the Blue Pacific. Moisture is locked into each uniquely formed salt crystal. Gourmet salt makes a wonderful addition to any dish or cocktail with blends such as chilli, hibiscus or ginger and curcuma. Try a gourmet chilli salt blend on fresh mango and be blown away. Origin: Fiji, French Polynesia

TURMERIC

Turmeric has exploded onto the foodie scene in recent years. A highly versatile spice which can be used in scrambles and frittatas, roast veges, rice, soups and as a tea latte. With proven health benefits turmeric has been used for thousands of years as both a spice and a medicinal herb well known for aiding digestion. Available in powder or paste. Origin: Fiji, Papua New Guinea

 

GINGER

Like turmeric this edible root is prized for its medicinal properties as well as being a fabulous addition to the kitchen spice staple. Spicy, warm, and sharp ginger when cooked imparts a somewhat sweet flavour making it a lovely addition to curries, stir fries, dumplings, and soups. Available in powder or paste. Origin: Fiji, Papua New Guinea

 

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is ideal for searing, sautéing, and, depending on the grade, even frying. When it comes to baking, it's a better substitute for butter than liquid-at-room-temperature oils, like olive oil or canola oil. We have extensive options on offer that will fit a variety of needs: from copra oil to cold pressed virgin coconut oil including organically certified options. Origin: Fiji, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

PTINZ have so many more products in addition to those highlighted here and would love to hear from you and find out how it can connect you with these amazing products. Get in contact with and request a full food and beverage product catalogue. 

Email aude.d@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz, rohan@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz or visit www.pacifictradeinvest.co.nz