Talofa Lava,

I am wearing typical Samoan style – a singlet with lava lava (sarong) and eating my very favourite fruit, mangoes, while I look out over beautiful Palm Trees to the sea. There’s a lovely Trade Wind blowing as I work on my computer.

Running Food International from Samoa is a nice little number.

There’s only one hour’s difference in time between Auckland and Apia and while the phones have been running hot I don’t get disturbed by visitors – only the odd Gecko. And when the going gets tough I can always enjoy a dip in the warm sea.

Food International Directors, Alaa and Gladys Youssef, have worked hard to build a spacious and very comfortable holiday home near the heart of Apia. It’s been a perfect setting for a welcome break, much-needed sunshine and building up new business ties in the Pacific.

We can’t import YOLO here yet, but always bring a big stack to share with family and friends. And our YOLO cheeses blend so well with tropical delights such as mangoes, papaya and coconut.

Watch out for some upcoming news items about some great new talent on our YOLO team. Exciting times for Food International.

Meanwhile, its time for another mango …

Fa’afetai Laval