The festive season is knocking the door and it’s the time of the year when everyone plans to prepare special delicacies for different days of the festival season.
In our grocery shopping special feature this week, we spoke to the supermarkets and grocery stores across the city about the growing demand for Indian food products and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in the market.
As per 2014 statistics, $508 million worth of products were imported from India to New Zealand that include retail medicines, motor vehicles, precious metal jewellery, consumer goods and food products. The market for most of the distributers has increased abundantly in the past few years with an exponential growth in demand for products such as Indian spices, snacks, rice, flour, toiletry products and other FMCG.
The demand of Indian products shoots up during festival season beginning with Navratri until Diwali. These days, the market is not just limited to Indian population; Kiwis, South-Asians, and Pacific islanders are also the major customers for the Indian retail outlets.
Auckland alone houses more than 80 Indian grocery stores, at least three in each suburb, and all of them see busy hours throughout the year.
Indian food chains and restaurants have seen increased numbers of footfall over the time, which has led to more Indian restaurants opening in the city. The Air New Zealand Koru Lounge too has a few Indian dishes in their menu as a part of their four-menu cycle that rotates every three months.
Of the many Indian food products in the market, Bikano is the leader with its vast range lip-smacking snack items. Over the years, Bikano’s snacks have been consistent in quality standards and have captured a majority stake in the market.
Spice Bazaar: your one stop grocer
Spice Bazaar is an Indian general grocery and convenience store located in the Mount Roskill area with ample parking facility available on rear of the store.
The store aims to provide a wide range of products with excellent customer service. It promises to bring its customers the essence and joy with the arena of flavours from their homeland right at their doorstep. The goal is to provide the customers with the best products at the prices to fit every house’s budget.
At Spice Bazaar, customers receive high-quality products ranging from flours, spices, rice’s, lentils and pulses, teas, snacks, frozen products, pickles, pastes and mixes and fresh vegetables. The store also provides Western Union service for money transfer.
Spice Bazaar has received rave reviews from its loyal customer base about the operational efficiencies, product line and well-organised store. Spice Bazaar team is committed to a pleasant, clean and healthy customer experience. The store is open to the feedback and constantly works towards better customer service.
Director Madhavi Vora says that the store completes three years of service to the community this year.
The store offers specials before every Indian festival such as Holi, Navratri, and Eid etc. For Diwali this year, the store has puja samagri, diya (lamps), rangoli etc. available for the customers at affordable price.
We have introduced a new concept in Indian retail market—cleanliness. Good customer service and health-conscious packaging are our specialities. We get a variety of customers as they enjoy shopping with a great atmosphere and the friendly staff, says Vora.
The store is located at 1241 Dominion Rd Extension, at the corner of the roundabout.
Original Source: indianweekender.co.nz
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