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April, 2019 #45  MOTIBHAI & CO LIMITED


News From Motibhai Group /

Landmark project gets operational

THE gigantic Motibhai Busi-
ness Park project situated at
Legalega in Nadi is now op-
erational effectively positioning
the company to deliver a cen-
tralised service for customers in
the western division.
While the massive ware-
house which also houses a state-
of-the-art cold storage facility is
fully operational, the corporate
and administration office build- Motibhai Business Park
ing is getting its final touches
“We are looking forward to
moving into our new office in
a few months’ time and it is so
encouraging to see the project
taking shape after three-years
of construction works,” Motib- TOP: The centralised warehouse at the Motibhai Business Park (MBP) in Legalega, Nadi is now fully
hai Group chairman Kirit Patel
operational. INSET LEFT: State-of-the-art cold storage facilities at the MBP. INSET RIGHT: Corporate
“The new business park will and Administration office complex at MBP nearing completion. Conveniently located at 1
be a one-stop-shop comprising complex will also have play operate without compromising West Road in Legalega Subdivi-
of executive and administration fields and gardens where staff on the environment. sion along the Queens Highway,
offices, warehouse, showroom, can socialize after days of work. “Our business park in time the Motibhai Business Park has
joinery and mechanical work- “We are making every effort to come will also features solar become a major landmark in the
shops, visual department, staff to provide a safe, pleasurable panels to supply energy mini- entire western division.
canteen & amenities together and healthy environment for mizing consumption of electric- The projects covers an area
with cold storage facilities to our staff which all will continue ity and has rain water harvest- of nearly 14,000 square meters
cater for Burger King Fiji op- to enhance their quality of work ing system for the re-use of setting the platform for Motib-
erations,” Mr Patel added. life.” water which all speaks of our hai Group to strategically po-
“Apart from this our staff He said the company is mind- strong corporate social respon- sition itself for all its diverse
will also be able to enjoy their ful of the importance of doing sibility and our concern for the business operations and fulfil
leisure activities as the new “Green Business” and strives to environment.” future expansion plans as well.

Prouds and Burger King team up with Avis

The management of Prouds and Burger King are excited to
partner with Fiji’s leading rental car company – Avis to of-
fer special deals to visitors.
A first ever promotion of its type, Avis has launched a special
colourful booklet featuring various offers from tourism re-
lated business houses in the country.
“We are very delighted to partner with iconic brands like
Prouds and Burger King to offer value added services to Spend $50 or more on Pure Fiji at any Prouds
our customers who are visiting the country for holiday,” town, city or resort stores and receive a
Avis station manager west Ana Lewavai said. FREE GIFT!
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Lyons takes over as Fiji Times head
Fiji Times chairman Kirit Patel has welcomed the appointment of
Christine Lyons as the new general manager of the country’s old-
est and largest media company.
Lyons who has 18-years of media leadership experience has been the
national sales manager for the company for the past three-years
and takes over the top job from Hank Arts who has left the coun-
try for greener pastures after being in the top job for seven-years.
With the newspaper company turning 150-years-old this year, hav-
ing started with a humble beginning in the old capital - Levuka in
the year 1869, Lyons happens to be the first ever female to lead
the company.
“Christine has been with us for the past three-years and she is the one
who has proved to have her feet on the ground, very engaging and
connecting well – not only with fellow staff but with people out in
the market,” Mr Kirit Patel said.
“With her additional qualifications and upskilling, she is really well
positioned to take the challenges of being the general manager of
the Fiji Times and we, the board of directors have the full con-
fidence in her to lead the company to greater heights,” Mr Patel
Her appointment also coincides with the revamping of the two
weekly vernacular newspapers – Shanti Dut and Nai Lalakai re-
“I think it was about time that Fiji Times revamped its both vernacu-
lar papers because of the changing scene which people expected
in the market,” Mr Patel added.
“This was long overdue as readers demanded for newness and some-
thing different and the revamped editions of Shanti Dut (Hindi) Fiji Times Pte Ltd general manager Christine
and Nai Lalakai (i-Taukei) which was published on Friday, March Lyons and head printer Savenaca Sovalevu
29 is an act of class and will go a long way in ensuring that our
two vernacular languages in Fiji is preserved and continues to go with copies of the revamped editions of the
in perpetuity.” Nai Lalakai and Shanti Dut.

Times extends
WOWS sponsorship
THE Fiji Times Pte Ltd through its continued support has extended
its sponsorship towards the WOWS Kids Fiji.
Dom Sansom, a board member of WOWS Kids Fiji, acknowledged
The Fiji Times for being a faithful supporter of the organisation and
kids diagnosed with cancer.
“We are eternally grateful to the staff and management of The Fiji
Times, our key goal at the moment is to get the numbers of children
that die through late detection down,” he said.
Marketing and sales manager for Fiji Times Pte Ltd Annie Rob-
inson said they were happy to renew their sponsorship with WOWS
Kids Fiji.
“We provide the much needed advertising and editorial support to
WOWS Kids especially with their awareness on childhood cancer,
promote the work that the team provide at their resource centre,” Ms
Robinson said.
Mr Sansom said it was important to encourage the parents of chil-
dren to visit their health centres and doctors if they find that their child
was showing continuous symptoms of child cancer. President Jioji Konrote prepares
Meanwhile, Motibhai Group - the parent company of Fiji Times Pte to cut a cake with WOWS Kids Fiji
Limited is the major sponsor of the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning members at the launch of Fiji Child-
Tea initiative which it executes with the Fiji Cancer Society every year
from June to September to raise funds for cancer awareness, advocacy hood Cancer Awareness Month in
and patient support. Suva on Friday, July 20, 2018

Another award for iconic wine brand - Penfolds

For the second time, Penfolds has been recognised as the ‘World’s The panel of participants were asked to cast their votes for wine
Most Admired Wine Brand’ by Drinks International in their annual brands from all regions, styles and qualities. The most admired wine
poll. brands awards are based on the following criteria:
The prestigious list has seen great wineries from every corner of The wine is consistent or improving quality
the world recognised by a carefully selected international panel of It reflects its region or country of origin
more than 200 wine buyers, masters of wines, journalists and wine It responds to the needs and tastes of its target audience
writers. It is well marketed and packaged
Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago said: “To be honoured as It has a strong appeal to a wide demographic
the World’s Most Admired Brand in our 175th anniversary year is Since 2011, when Drinks International first started to celebrate
something truly profound. We have a heritage and story that is still and honour wine brands with its annual industry survey, Penfolds has
celebrated and a future where we are still eager to innovate, surprise been acknowledged in the top five brands on the list and first received
and push boundaries. This global recognition from our peers is some- the top accolade in 2016.
thing to celebrate and celebrate we shall.” Penfolds is distributed in Fiji by Motibhai Group
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Staff members based at the
Motibhai Group head-office in
Nasoso, Nadi united in happiness
to celebrate the 64th birthday of Staff members gather for a group picture
our chairman and CEO Mr Kirit with Mr Kirit Patel on Saturday, March 30.
Patel on Saturday, March 30.
In an emotional speech, Mr and lucky,” Mr Patel said. it makes all our lives including I had two grandchildren and now
Patel told staff members he is de- “Firstly because of the col- mine, a very happy and joyous I have two more and what more
lighted to be surrounded by such leagues I am surrounded with on one. can I ask for from the one sitting
loving and caring people whom a daily basis. You all make my “In this journey, we are all to- up there.
he regards as family. day a very happy one every day. gether. I may be the one sitting “To top it off, I have my moth-
He said it is a double celebra- “I have my family – broth- on the top but I don’t view it that er with me and she also celebrates
tion for him since he shares the ers, sisters, relatives, mother and way and many of you know that. her birthday today. With God’s
same birth date with his mother friends but the people that I see “I connect with the people on grace, she is healthy and mobile
who has turned 96 and continues every day, many of you are here – the ground and engage with ev- and that is truly a blessing.
to live a healthy life as well. that is the touch of difference and eryone – that is the way I am. “I hope to continue to be in
“Colleagues and fellow direc- because of the collectiveness, the “In addition to my extended good health so that I can be part
tors, one year since the last cele- togetherness and the way we all family which is you all here, I of your lives for many more years
brations, I have been very blessed go about with each other, I think also wish to share that previously to come,” Mr Patel concluded.

Prouds works closely with FCCC

The management of Prouds – Fiji’s leading
white goods and luxury retailer contin-
ues to engage with the Fiji Competition
and Consumer Commission (FCCC) to
ensure all consumer laws are being fol-
lowed when carrying out sales and mar-
keting activities for the chain of stores.
“We are very happy to work closely with
FCCC to ensure we are always doing
the right thing and following all rules
when making a sale or promoting our
products in traditional and social me-
dia channels,” Prouds retail manageress
Reshmi Singh said.
FCCC general manager operations Senika-
vika Jiuta said they are happy with the
level of compliance and teamwork dis-
played by the management of Prouds.
“This particular session was more to talk
about voluntary compliance and it was
a very informative one for the manage-
ment team which engaged with us and
they had a lot of new things to learn as
well,” Ms Jiuta said.
“We could see that there was a lot of in- Prouds retail manageress Reshmi Singh, sitting on the right, and team leader marketing Arti
terest from the Motibhai Group team
members and we will continue to engage Singh pay attention to presentations from FCCC senior compliance officer Sujeeta Reddy while
in future.” FCCC operations coordinator Sanjay Menon and GM operations Senikavika Jiuta look on.

Kids enjoy colouring at Burger King outlets

Burger King outlets at Martintar,
Ganilau House and Nakasi was a hive
of activity on Saturday, March 16 and
Sunday, March 31 as kids of all ages
came to participate in the initial colour-
ing competition.
BK general manager Akash Narsey
says the team at Burger King will con-
tinue to bring innovative and engaging
ways to keep customers excited with
such activities.
One parent Shayron Lakhan who
took her daughter Shanaya to BK Mar-
tintar said it is very nice to note such ac- Kids enjoying themselves
tivities are taking place at Burger King.
“My daughter really enjoyed the with colouring competition at
day,” Ms Lakhan said. Burger King.
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Historic visit to Dog

Point Vineyard in NZ
Nitesh Chand returns with wealth
of knowledge in winemaking
Motibhai Group’s manager
hospitality sales Nitesh Chand has
returned with a wealth of knowl-
edge following his one-week stint
at New Zealand’s leading boutique
winery – Dog Point Vineyard.
Located in Marlborough, New
Zealand’s premium wine growing
region, Dog Point Vineyard pro-
duces wine that reflects the experi-
ence and passion of the people that
make them.
All fruit is from hand-picked,
low cropped vines grown under
organic principles. Wines are made
to drink well on release or cellar
gracefully for many years.
“I was at the Dog Point Vine-
yard for eight-days to partake in
the 2019 vintage harvest and up-
skill my knowledge in winemaking
and better understand the viticul-
ture process at the vineyards,” Mr
Chand told Inbox.
“There were so many things to
learn during my stay at Blenheim Nitesh Chand with Ivan Sutherland of Dog Point Vineyard in New Zealand.
and these are – testing of PH & “This was indeed a great expe- gnon Blanc wines per year of which 50,000
TA in grapes from different vine- rience for me and I feel more con-  Dog Point Marlborough cases are Dog Point Classic Sauv
yards before harvest, fermentation fident in terms of wine knowledge Chardonnay Blanc and rest are assorted 10,000
of wines in the tanks, hand and for Dog Point wines,” Mr Chand  Dog Point Section 94 Sau- cases of Chardonnay, Section 94
machine plunging during fermen- added. vignon Blanc Sauv Blanc and Pinot Noir,” Mr
tation, importance of windmills in He said Dog Point Vineyard Dog Point Marlborough Pi- Chand said.
the vineyards to protect the plants produces four wine variants: not Noir He said all their crops are hand-
from frost, irrigation system at the  Dog Point Classic Sauvi- “They produce 60,000 cases of picked and crops are picked from
vineyards, sorting the Pinot Noir the vines that are over 10-years-old
grapes, filling the wines in the wine for Dog Point winemaking.
barrels, understanding the impor- Dog Point Vineyards is certified
tance of taking care of wine barrels, organic under the “BioGro” New
organic farming, pressing the Char- Zealand programme and it is all
donnay/Sauvignon Blanc grapes about quality wines and not quan-
in the pressing machine, impor- tity.
tance of hand picking of grapes for “I take this opportunity to thank
winemaking and so on,” Mr Chand all my directors at Motibhai Group
added. for investing in me to further en-
“I really enjoyed my visit to hance my knowledge on wines.”
Blenheim as this was my first trip to
visit the vineyards. I have been do-
ing sales and marketing for wines
for the last 15-years and this was a
great opportunity for me to actually
see and understand the whole wine-
making process.
“Ivan Sutherland – winemaker
and co-owner of Dog Point Vine-
yard took me for a tour of the Marl-
borough region to understand the
wine growing region better.
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