Namibian canned fish brand to fully penetrate market
Economist.com.na - Apr 16th 2014, 11:12
Efuta has made significant strides, notching 36 months of shelf life, a first for a truly Namibian horse mackerel canned product. Efuta was presented to members of parliament ahead of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources budget submission at the Parliament Gardens earlier this month.
Says Pieter Greeff, Managing Director of Etosha Fishing,:“From the beginning we said this [Efuta] would be a ‘Truly Namibian’ product. The name Efuta implies ‘from the sea’, the colours will be directly related to our country, caught and processed by a Namibian company, and canned by a Namibian labour force.”
Etosha Fishing courted with the idea of processing and canning horse mackerel as early as April 2012 and research and development followed through. Efuta was officially launched in November 2013 after it was granted a 36 month shelf life by the Namibia Standards Institute (NSI).
Added Greeff: “We thought in the beginning that our biggest challenge would be selling the product because Efuta is a new product and that it would have to compete against pilchard on shelves. The market response was unbelievable and we ran out of stock early March. We anticipated a market share of at least 10% of canned fishing in Namibia but it has moved to between 20 and 25%.”
Efuta is currently being distributed at a number of established retail outlets, such as, Shoprite-Checkers, U-Save, OK Sentra and MegaSave stores and the product will soon be distributed in neighbouring Southern African Development Community(SADC) countries. Greeff expects to gain significant market share in these countries.
“The NSI is happy with the way in which we have been able to cook the scoot bones to make them softer and it will not be a problem canning the horse mackerel. Acidity is prevalent even with pilchard so we do not anticipate problems,” says Greeff.
The NSI has given Etosha Fishing its stamp of approval and Efuta will bear the NSI trademark after passing several audits. About 250 people have gained employment as a result of the product according to Greeff.
: From Economist.com.na
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