Green Global trading is a company with more than fifteen years of experience in import, export and distribution of consumer products ranging from food to cleaning and hygiene products in and around GCC. We interviewed Smijay Gokuldas, on his thoughts about the market.
What natural/organic products do you import into the Middle East?
We deal in dry fruits, spices, rice, nuts and other products that have onboarded. We have more than fifteen years of experience in import, export and distribution of consumer products. While we have been focusing on natural products thus far, we aim to branch out into organic products as we see the potential in this market.
What’s the average volume? Are these for retail or re-export? If re-export which are the major markets you send it to?
We have had around 40% of sales growth year-on-year during the last four years. We import and supply to Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and also supply to leading retailers and groups around the region.
Do you have private label products?
Yes we do have Ladid, a product that’s our own private label brand.
Can you tell me about the demand for organic products in the region? What is the latest trend that you see in organic products?
Organic products have a very good market opportunity in the UAE and all over the world. Most companies are tilting towards organic operations. From my personal experience, the organic section was smaller in supermarkets a few years ago, and now most groups are upgrading their category space in organic. The future is positive.
Where do you import your products from? From where and/or what products would you like to source more?
Most of our products are from India, Pakistan and Thailand.
We would like to source more from the Indian market. We would like to sell and expand in the European and American markets.
Interviewed by Menaka Ramakrishnan, Buyer Manager