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Pacific TAFE strengthens partnership with Fonterra/Punjas

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Pacific TAFE CEO, Hasmukh Lal (middle) with Pacific TAFE Executive Management Team and Punjas Executives at the Pacific Fusion Restaurant during a recent meeting.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) has further strengthened its partnership with Punjas.

The main objective of the partnership is to introduce students to high quality products – Anchor full cream milk and whipping cream and Punjas bakers and normal flour.

The partnership initially commenced in March 2017 and was set up by Greg Cornwall, a Fijian hospitality executive, hospitality training consultant and Wayne Hansell, Market Manager Pacific Export for Fonterra New Zealand.

Mr Pasirio Kitione, Pacific TAFE Coordinator Tourism and Hospitality said, “the partnership had grown over the years and he was thankful to the Punjas executive team for providing students the opportunity to use high quality products in their training sessions and services”.

Students he said, use anchor products at the Pacific Fusion restaurant in USP campus Laucala and at the USP Pacific TAFE Nadi Tourism and Hospitality Training Centre (NHTTC) based in Namaka.

“Punjas is the major distributor of Fonterra New Zealand’s Anchor brand products in Fiji – where Fonterra is the leading NZ dairy product manufacturer,” he remarked.

“A substantial amount of resources is provided by the sponsors to the USP Pacific TAFE Hospitality & Culinary programme per month.”

He further stated that the fact that students get to use such exceptional quality products in their everyday training sessions, strengthens the ‘tested kitchen fact’ that quality ingredients are fundamental in the preparation of quality good food, and, it is important that the students as future industry leaders, are proud of and trust local and international brands such as Punjas flour and the Anchor brand.

Mr Wayne Hansell, Market Manager Pacific Export for Fonterra New Zealand said, “Fonterra is in for the long haul assisting in training future industry practitioners. Long-term support leads to long-term loyalty from the graduates, a win-win on every side of the arrangement.”

Mr Hasmukh Lal, Pacific TAFE Chief Executive Officer said the partnership was yet again an indication that quality is paramount at Pacific TAFE.

“We value the partnership with Punjas and as part of our contribution we will offer Punjas signage at the Namaka Hospitality Tourism Training Centre,” he said.

“We will also use and market Anchor and Punjas products in our food events and when our students are competing in culinary skills events, and further discuss with Punjas for a partnership in the Food Event for Tertiary and Schools in Suva, to be organised in conjunction with the Pacific Skills Week.”

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