Vanuatu is the largest market for canned tuna from the SolTuna plant in Solomon Islands.
The Vanuatu National Statistics Office shows that from 2019 to 2020, the country imported 794 M/T of the product, which was worth VT 336 million (USD 3.1 million).
During the pandemic lockdown, demand for these shelf-stable goods also went up with
the peak months being July and November.
Papua New Guinea and Fiji are the next biggest markets for SolTuna.
According to Frank Wickham, Managing Director of NFD Limited in Solomon Islands, there is a big move to promote and market the canned tuna in New Zealand and Australia, reported Vanuatu Daily Post.
In 2019, Bolton acquired Tri Marine’s supply chain which included the fishing
company NFD and SolTuna cannery.