Bua Gold to di­ver­sify into or­ganic wax pro­duc­tion

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For­mer flight at­ten­dant Ros­alind Miller and her part­ner Eroni So­tutu, the strength and con­di­tion­ing coach for the Fiji Rugby Union, are plan­ning to di­ver­sify into or­ganic wax pro­duc­tion.

This is in ad­di­tion to their honey busi­ness Bua Gold which was es­tab­lished ear­lier this year.

Ms Miller said for Bua Gold, honey is sup­plied from So­tutu Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ments Pte Ltd.

Honey sup­plier

So­tutu Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ments Pte Ltd is a fam­ily run busi­ness that is based at Tavea vil­lage, Bua, in Vanua Levu and is man­aged by the So­tutu fam­ily.

From the fam­ily busi­ness, the cou­ple de­cided to set up their own honey busi­ness as a side hus­tle from their full time em­ploy­ment.

“Right now we are mak­ing honey but we are also plan­ning on mak­ing wax as well which is slowly start­ing up.

“These are wax that can be used to make can­dles and part of it can be used to make body balms as well.

“We sell honey in 500ml bot­tles at $20, 750ml which is go­ing for $25 but with this 750ml bot­tle be­cause the honey is dense, when you weigh the bot­tle, it’s ac­tu­ally mea­sured as 1kg,” she said. Ms Miller said honey can be used for var­i­ous pur­poses which in­spired the setup of the busi­ness.

Mi­cro-mar­ket day

Bua Gold had also set up a ta­ble at the mi­cro-mar­ket sell­ing their bot­tled honey and pro­vid­ing free honey sam­ples. “We thought it would be a good way to get our prod­ucts out in the mar­ket,” she said.

This the first time the cou­ple par­tic­i­pated in the Fiji Sports Coun­cil mi­cro mar­ket day.

The next mi­cro mar­ket will be on next Satur­day, June 27, 2020.

Photo: Maraia Vula

From left: Joanne Miller and Ros­alind Miller at their stall dur­ing the Fiji Sports Coun­cil mi­cro mar­ket day on June 20, 2020.

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