VANUATU KAVA BOTTLING VENTURE EYES EXPORTS

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144 kava plastic bottles produced daily

By Godwin Ligo PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 3, 2011) – In Vanuatu, over 144 kava plastic bottles are produced daily by a local businessman.

The bottled kava products goes into the local market but will eventually hit the regional markets.

Jack Berry from Tongoa, a former builder, is the man behind the idea of kava bottling.

"We started kava bottling in 2010 and have now expanded our market locally and looking at going regional later this year," Jack Berry told Daily Post.

The new kava bottling market is located at Rentepau on Efate. The owner and producer of Kava Bottling known as LAV Vanuatu Kava, said he intends to export to New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Fiji in the near future.

"At the moment we have just enough to supply the local demand which is mainly Port Vila market. Later on we will supply our product to other centers in Vanuatu and then look at going regional."

Lava Kava Bottling is currently employs four men working full time to produce over 144 bottles of Lava kava a day. Commenting on the quality and the strength of the product Berry said: "Lava Kava has the best taste and is strong and readily available to supply to homes, offices or anywhere in town through phone calls or placing of orders." He said their products suit last-minute functions because they are readily available in bottles.

Prices range from 100 vatu [US$1.00], 150 vatu [US$1.60], 250 vatu [US$2.70], up to 1000 vatu [US$10.63] for 1.5 liters of lava kava bottled. Berry confirmed that his kava product is fully certified by Quarantine Department and the Tourism Office for locals and visitors.

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