The presence of Pakistan on the global front always gives joy to overseas Pakistanis. Recently, Kroger Co added Pakistani food products to their outlets in the USA.
Kroger is the third-largest retail store chain in the USA, having over 2,700 stores and an annual turnover of over $122 billion. This will provide the “Made in Pakistan” branding a boost and confidence to compete at the international level.
Speaking on occasion, adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Abdul Razak Dawood, said his vision is to promote “Made in Pakistan” around the world. “In order to further enhance our exports, we have to pay attention to our own brand development. Our local brands still need to do a lot for recognition in International Market hence more effort is required from our exporters,” he said.
He said that the potential is there, but there is a need to focus more on the branding side to get the desire results and make our place in the competitive market. “Presence of Pakistani food brand in retail store giant is an encouraging step and would encourage exporters to pay attention to develop brands,” Dawood said.
MOC is pleased to inform that Pakistani food products are now available at the @kroger Co. USA. We thank Kroger Co. for placing their confidence in Pakistan’s products. Our food brands will now be available in these stores. In order to further enhance our exports. pic.twitter.com/IIMU4XvXFc
— Abdul Razak Dawood (@razak_dawood) June 1, 2021
He added that an alternative strategy is to acquire a foreign brand and then further develop that brand. Both systems have their merits, so our exporters are urged to pay attention to the process which is more long term and ultimately more rewarding.
On this occasion, the Advisor thanked President Kroger Co, Rodney McMullen, and Category Manager, Stephanie Turner. He appreciated the efforts of Business International Group US and Consulate General of Pakistan New York in getting Pakistani products on shelves in a giant retail store.
He also appreciated Shan Foods for making major headways in the international market. Finally, the Advisor acknowledged the efforts made by the Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP) and urged them to provide maximum facilitation to our exporters and investors.