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Tappoo duty-free arm shortlisted in Frontier Awards

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THE Tappoo Group of Companies added another feather in its cap when its duty-free arm was shortlisted for awards at what is dubbed as the “Oscars of the travel-retail industry”.

The company was shortlisted for awards in three major categories at the 34th annual Frontier Awards in Cannes last month.

The Frontier Awards celebrates the highest achievements in duty free retail across the globe, which is expected to exceed $70 billion in sales in 2018.

Tappoo Duty Free was a finalist for Airport Retailer of the Year, Speciality Concept of the Year (for its partnership with Fiji Rugby) and Best Food & Beverage Partnership of the Year (for its Bula Bar & Bistro outlet at Nadi Airport).

Tappoo Group Executive Director Kaushal Tappoo said they were “immensely thrilled” and proud to be among the world’s best duty-free retailers.

“It’s a huge achievement for a Fijian operator to be nominated alongside some of the world’s best Duty-Free operators from Singapore, India and Dubai to name a few,” he said.

In 2016, Tappoo unveiled a new world-class duty-free shopping experience to match the new look Nadi International Airport that was unveiled earlier in June after an upgrade.

Fiji Airports executive chairman Faiz Khan said they were proud to partner with the group in its efforts to provide an outstanding arrivals and departures experience for international guests and Fijians alike.

Tappoo’s Bula Bar & Bistro at Nadi Airport Departures was nominated for the Frontier Best Food & Beverage Partnership of the Year Award.

Source: The Fiji Times
Date: 22nd November 2018

THE Tappoo Group of Companies added another feather in its cap when its duty-free arm was shortlisted for awards at what is dubbed as the “Oscars of the travel-retail industry”.

The company was shortlisted for awards in three major categories at the 34th annual Frontier Awards in Cannes last month.

The Frontier Awards celebrates the highest achievements in duty free retail across the globe, which is expected to exceed $70 billion in sales in 2018.

Tappoo Duty Free was a finalist for Airport Retailer of the Year, Speciality Concept of the Year (for its partnership with Fiji Rugby) and Best Food & Beverage Partnership of the Year (for its Bula Bar & Bistro outlet at Nadi Airport).

Tappoo Group Executive Director Kaushal Tappoo said they were “immensely thrilled” and proud to be among the world’s best duty-free retailers.

“It’s a huge achievement for a Fijian operator to be nominated alongside some of the world’s best Duty-Free operators from Singapore, India and Dubai to name a few,” he said.

In 2016, Tappoo unveiled a new world-class duty-free shopping experience to match the new look Nadi International Airport that was unveiled earlier in June after an upgrade.

Fiji Airports executive chairman Faiz Khan said they were proud to partner with the group in its efforts to provide an outstanding arrivals and departures experience for international guests and Fijians alike.

Tappoo’s Bula Bar & Bistro at Nadi Airport Departures was nominated for the Frontier Best Food & Beverage Partnership of the Year Award.

Source: The Fiji Times
Date: 22nd November 2018

Tappoo among world’s best at retail ‘Oscars’

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The Tappoo Group of Companies added another feather in its cap when its Duty-Free arm was shortlisted for awards in three major categories at the 34 annual Frontier Awards in Cannes last month.

Widely regarded as the ‘Oscars of the travel-retail industry’, the Frontier Awards celebrates the highest achievements in duty free retail across the globe, which is expected to exceed $70 billion in sales in 2018.

Tappoo Duty Free was a finalist for Airport Retailer of the Year, Speciality Concept of the Year (for its partnership with Fiji Rugby) and Best Food & Beverage Partnership of the Year (for its Bula Bar & Bistro outlet at Nadi Airport).

“We’re immensely thrilled and proud to be among the world’s best Duty-Free retailers,” said Tappoo Group Executive Director Mr. Kaushal Tappoo, adding: “It’s a huge achievement for a Fijian operator to be nominated alongside some of the world’s best Duty-Free operators from Singapore, India and Dubai to name a few.”

In 2016, Tappoo unveiled a new world-class Duty-Free shopping experience to match the new look Nadi International Airport that was unveiled in June after a upgrade.

The new Tappoo departures duty free store features a modern walk through design that allows departing travellers to easily navigate their way through state of the art displays from some of the world’s best-selling liquor, confectionary, fragrance, skincare, cosmetics and fashion brands.

In addition to MAC Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown (exclusives for the Fiji market), the Nadi airport store now exclusively carries the cult British perfume and candle brand Jo Malone. The store also features a variety of Fiji destination merchandise including Fiji Coconut Vodka, locally grown kava and honey, as well as Fiji Rugby merchandise, which was nominated for the Speciality Concept of the Year Award.

“Fiji Airports is proud to partner with the Tappoo Group in its efforts to provide an outstanding arrivals and departures experience for international guests and Fijians alike,” said Mr Faiz Khan, Executive Chairman of Fiji Airports, adding: “The Frontier

Awards nominations are a testament to the Tappoo Group’s ongoing commitment to delivering world-class Duty-Free shopping experiences to all travellers”.

After exclusively selling Fiji Rugby branded merchandise in stores for close to a decade, Tappoo introduced special branded Fiji Rugby corners in all of its main stores this year, which earned it a nomination for the Frontier Speciality Concept of the Year Award. Tappoo has drawn on its retail experience with bestselling fragrances to develop a line of Fiji Rugby branded perfumes in collaboration with the Fiji Rugby Union.

“Having proud and successful Fijian businesses such as Tappoo involved with our game and supporting the Fijian national teams is incredibly significant in our ability to compete on the world stage,” said Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor at the signing of a new three-year partnership earlier this month, which includes trophy installations
in Tappoo department stores in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka and Suva City.

Meanwhile, Tappoo’s Bula Bar & Bistro at Nadi Airport Departures was nominated for the Frontier Best Food & Beverage Partnership of the Year Award. Bula Bar & Bistro brings together a combination of fine coffee, deli style healthier gourmet food, and a welcoming bar where visitors and locals will find a variety of options before
they depart.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: 22nd November 2018

The Tappoo Group of Companies added another feather in its cap when its Duty-Free arm was shortlisted for awards in three major categories at the 34 annual Frontier Awards in Cannes last month.

Widely regarded as the ‘Oscars of the travel-retail industry’, the Frontier Awards celebrates the highest achievements in duty free retail across the globe, which is expected to exceed $70 billion in sales in 2018.

Tappoo Duty Free was a finalist for Airport Retailer of the Year, Speciality Concept of the Year (for its partnership with Fiji Rugby) and Best Food & Beverage Partnership of the Year (for its Bula Bar & Bistro outlet at Nadi Airport).

“We’re immensely thrilled and proud to be among the world’s best Duty-Free retailers,” said Tappoo Group Executive Director Mr. Kaushal Tappoo, adding: “It’s a huge achievement for a Fijian operator to be nominated alongside some of the world’s best Duty-Free operators from Singapore, India and Dubai to name a few.”

In 2016, Tappoo unveiled a new world-class Duty-Free shopping experience to match the new look Nadi International Airport that was unveiled in June after a upgrade.

The new Tappoo departures duty free store features a modern walk through design that allows departing travellers to easily navigate their way through state of the art displays from some of the world’s best-selling liquor, confectionary, fragrance, skincare, cosmetics and fashion brands.

In addition to MAC Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown (exclusives for the Fiji market), the Nadi airport store now exclusively carries the cult British perfume and candle brand Jo Malone. The store also features a variety of Fiji destination merchandise including Fiji Coconut Vodka, locally grown kava and honey, as well as Fiji Rugby merchandise, which was nominated for the Speciality Concept of the Year Award.

“Fiji Airports is proud to partner with the Tappoo Group in its efforts to provide an outstanding arrivals and departures experience for international guests and Fijians alike,” said Mr Faiz Khan, Executive Chairman of Fiji Airports, adding: “The Frontier

Awards nominations are a testament to the Tappoo Group’s ongoing commitment to delivering world-class Duty-Free shopping experiences to all travellers”.

After exclusively selling Fiji Rugby branded merchandise in stores for close to a decade, Tappoo introduced special branded Fiji Rugby corners in all of its main stores this year, which earned it a nomination for the Frontier Speciality Concept of the Year Award. Tappoo has drawn on its retail experience with bestselling fragrances to develop a line of Fiji Rugby branded perfumes in collaboration with the Fiji Rugby Union.

“Having proud and successful Fijian businesses such as Tappoo involved with our game and supporting the Fijian national teams is incredibly significant in our ability to compete on the world stage,” said Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor at the signing of a new three-year partnership earlier this month, which includes trophy installations
in Tappoo department stores in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka and Suva City.

Meanwhile, Tappoo’s Bula Bar & Bistro at Nadi Airport Departures was nominated for the Frontier Best Food & Beverage Partnership of the Year Award. Bula Bar & Bistro brings together a combination of fine coffee, deli style healthier gourmet food, and a welcoming bar where visitors and locals will find a variety of options before
they depart.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: 22nd November 2018

Success on Show For Fans in New Partnership

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Premium retail and distribution giant Tappoo Group have joined forces with Fiji Rugby Union in a three-year partnership announced today.

The deal sees Tappoo become the Exclusive Retailer for the Fiji Rugby Union, Fiji Airways Flying Fijians and Fiji Airways Men’s and Fijiana Sevens until September 2021.

In addition to holding the rights to retail FRU merchandise at games and in store, Tappoo will also introduce an exclusive Fiji Rugby Union trophy installation into their department stores in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka and Suva City.

The display will exhibit selections of Fiji Rugby Union current and historical Plates, Cups and Trophies won on the international stage including HSBC World Sevens trophies, the Pacific Nations Cup and other such coveted prizes.

The trophy display will be the first of its kind for Fiji and an initiative Executive Director of the Tappoo Group Mr. Harnish Tappoo says they are proud to be bringing to rugby fans both local and visiting.

“We have always been proud to retail the FRU merchandise in our stores but are really excited to join as an official sponsor and take the relationship to a new level where we help deliver success for rugby in this country.” he said.

CEO of the FRU Mr. John O’Connor extended his appreciation to the Tappoo Group in recognizing the value of aligning with Fiji’s national code and teams.

“We are pleased to welcome Tappoo into the Fiji Rugby Union family and are grateful to Mr. Harnish Tappoo for his decision to support the game of rugby.” he said.

The Tappoo announcement continues a string of new and renewed commercial partnerships between the FRU and some of Fiji’s major corporate organizations.

“Having proud and successful Fijian businesses such as Tappoo involved with our game and supporting the Fijian national teams is incredibly significant in our ability to compete on the world stage.”

“We look forward to supporting the Tappoo Trophy Displays in stores across Fiji and hope to contribute more as we enter the new HSBC World Sevens Series and our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prepare for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.”

“It will be great to share the country’s successful rugby history with the people of Fiji and visitors to the island.”

In the recent Fiji Airways Drua National Rugby Championship Tappoo contributed a Fan of the Match series of jersey giveaways as well as the Player of the Match awards for each of the 7 fixture matches and will continue to introduce new initiatives throughout the partnership.

“We are passionate about connecting the fans of rugby to the teams that are representing our country and we will to continue to develop ways with the FRU to do that for Fiji.” said Mr. Tappoo.

The Tappoo Group has been an established icon in Fiji for 78 years originating as a hand crafted jewellery store in Sigatoka before building to be a giant in Duty Free, resort outlets, distribution centres, hotel management, major department stores, motor vehicle dealerships, Mobil fuel outlets and more.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: 19th October 2018

Premium retail and distribution giant Tappoo Group have joined forces with Fiji Rugby Union in a three-year partnership announced today.

The deal sees Tappoo become the Exclusive Retailer for the Fiji Rugby Union, Fiji Airways Flying Fijians and Fiji Airways Men’s and Fijiana Sevens until September 2021.

In addition to holding the rights to retail FRU merchandise at games and in store, Tappoo will also introduce an exclusive Fiji Rugby Union trophy installation into their department stores in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka and Suva City.

The display will exhibit selections of Fiji Rugby Union current and historical Plates, Cups and Trophies won on the international stage including HSBC World Sevens trophies, the Pacific Nations Cup and other such coveted prizes.

The trophy display will be the first of its kind for Fiji and an initiative Executive Director of the Tappoo Group Mr. Harnish Tappoo says they are proud to be bringing to rugby fans both local and visiting.

“We have always been proud to retail the FRU merchandise in our stores but are really excited to join as an official sponsor and take the relationship to a new level where we help deliver success for rugby in this country.” he said.

CEO of the FRU Mr. John O’Connor extended his appreciation to the Tappoo Group in recognizing the value of aligning with Fiji’s national code and teams.

“We are pleased to welcome Tappoo into the Fiji Rugby Union family and are grateful to Mr. Harnish Tappoo for his decision to support the game of rugby.” he said.

The Tappoo announcement continues a string of new and renewed commercial partnerships between the FRU and some of Fiji’s major corporate organizations.

“Having proud and successful Fijian businesses such as Tappoo involved with our game and supporting the Fijian national teams is incredibly significant in our ability to compete on the world stage.”

“We look forward to supporting the Tappoo Trophy Displays in stores across Fiji and hope to contribute more as we enter the new HSBC World Sevens Series and our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prepare for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.”

“It will be great to share the country’s successful rugby history with the people of Fiji and visitors to the island.”

In the recent Fiji Airways Drua National Rugby Championship Tappoo contributed a Fan of the Match series of jersey giveaways as well as the Player of the Match awards for each of the 7 fixture matches and will continue to introduce new initiatives throughout the partnership.

“We are passionate about connecting the fans of rugby to the teams that are representing our country and we will to continue to develop ways with the FRU to do that for Fiji.” said Mr. Tappoo.

The Tappoo Group has been an established icon in Fiji for 78 years originating as a hand crafted jewellery store in Sigatoka before building to be a giant in Duty Free, resort outlets, distribution centres, hotel management, major department stores, motor vehicle dealerships, Mobil fuel outlets and more.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: 19th October 2018

2018 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrated In Style At Tappoo

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As a tribute to the Chinese community in Fiji, for their invaluable contribu¬tions to our country for many years, the Tappoo Group hosted a special Mid-Au¬tumn Festival celebration event in TappooC¬ity Suva on Wednesday.

Mid-Autumn Festival, falling on the 15th day of the eighth month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, it is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year.

It takes its name from the fact that it is al¬ways celebrated in the middle of the autumn season.

The ground floor at TappooCity Suva was closed off to host the event, which was well attended by members of the local Chinese community.

On the festival day, family members gather to offer sacrifice to the moon, appreciate the bright full moon, eat moon cakes, and ex¬press strong yearnings toward family mem¬bers and friends who live afar.

In addition, there are some other customs like lighting lanterns and performance of dragon and lion dances.
The unique customs of ethnic minorities are interesting as well, such as “chasing the moon” of Mongolians, and “steal vegetables or fruits” of the Dong people.

“It is fitting to honour the contributions of our Chinese-Fijian community – past and present, and to celebrate the prosperity that comes from mutual respect shared between the different ethnic groups that live here,” said Group executive director Remal Tappoo.

“It is worth reminding ourselves that our cultural differences are strengths that con¬tribute to the rich and unique experience that is Fiji.

“We wish all our Chinese friends a very Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.”

Source: The Fiji Sun
Date: 21st September

As a tribute to the Chinese community in Fiji, for their invaluable contribu¬tions to our country for many years, the Tappoo Group hosted a special Mid-Au¬tumn Festival celebration event in TappooC¬ity Suva on Wednesday.

Mid-Autumn Festival, falling on the 15th day of the eighth month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, it is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year.

It takes its name from the fact that it is al¬ways celebrated in the middle of the autumn season.

The ground floor at TappooCity Suva was closed off to host the event, which was well attended by members of the local Chinese community.

On the festival day, family members gather to offer sacrifice to the moon, appreciate the bright full moon, eat moon cakes, and ex¬press strong yearnings toward family mem¬bers and friends who live afar.

In addition, there are some other customs like lighting lanterns and performance of dragon and lion dances.
The unique customs of ethnic minorities are interesting as well, such as “chasing the moon” of Mongolians, and “steal vegetables or fruits” of the Dong people.

“It is fitting to honour the contributions of our Chinese-Fijian community – past and present, and to celebrate the prosperity that comes from mutual respect shared between the different ethnic groups that live here,” said Group executive director Remal Tappoo.

“It is worth reminding ourselves that our cultural differences are strengths that con¬tribute to the rich and unique experience that is Fiji.

“We wish all our Chinese friends a very Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.”

Source: The Fiji Sun
Date: 21st September

Tappoo appointed Fiji distributor of Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL)

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30th August 2018, Sigatoka, FIJI – The Tappoo Group of Companies is proud to announce its appointment as exclusive distributor in Fiji of Kirloskar brand diesel generators and agricultural pump sets.

“We’re proud to expand the variety of offerings available to businesses as well as the agricultural sector in Fiji to meet greener, more environmentally- friendly options” said Tappoo Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Madhu Tappoo.

Mr. Bishnu Prakash, Regional Manager South East Asia, was in Fiji recently to finalize the distributorship arrangement with The Tappoo Group. “We are committed to Enriching Lives of the people in Fiji in association with The Tappoo Group” said Mr. Bishnu Prakash on this occasion.

Incorporated in 1946, India’s market leader Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited manufactures air-cooled and liquid-cooled diesel engines and generator sets across a wide range of power output from 5kVA to 3000kVA with exports to over 70 countries over most of Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe.

The company also manufactures engines operating on alternative fuels such as bio-diesel, natural gas, biogas and straight vegetable oil. “Kirloskar Green Genset” is the market leader and the most preferred brand among customers in the power generation and telecom industry globally.

In the agriculture market, they fulfil the motive power needs of farmers, who require products in 3 hp to 130 hp in the global Agricultural space. Kirloskar manufactures a variety of quality diesel pump sets and Agricultural engines powering more than 25 applications across five sectors.

“Businesses, and the agricultural sector in Fiji will benefit from the reliable performance and fuel efficiency of Kirloskar’ s pump sets, which have been greening the soils of India, Africa, South East Asia, Latin and Central America,” added Mr Tappoo.

About the Tappoo Group of Companies

Widely regarded as Fiji’s most trusted mark, the Tappoo Group of Companies has grown from a legacy retail brand with over 77 years of history and national presence into one of Fiji’s largest companies with over 1700 employees and diverse business interests spanning a number of sectors

Source: The Fiji Sun
Date: 31st August

30th August 2018, Sigatoka, FIJI – The Tappoo Group of Companies is proud to announce its appointment as exclusive distributor in Fiji of Kirloskar brand diesel generators and agricultural pump sets.

“We’re proud to expand the variety of offerings available to businesses as well as the agricultural sector in Fiji to meet greener, more environmentally- friendly options” said Tappoo Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Madhu Tappoo.

Mr. Bishnu Prakash, Regional Manager South East Asia, was in Fiji recently to finalize the distributorship arrangement with The Tappoo Group. “We are committed to Enriching Lives of the people in Fiji in association with The Tappoo Group” said Mr. Bishnu Prakash on this occasion.

Incorporated in 1946, India’s market leader Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited manufactures air-cooled and liquid-cooled diesel engines and generator sets across a wide range of power output from 5kVA to 3000kVA with exports to over 70 countries over most of Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe.

The company also manufactures engines operating on alternative fuels such as bio-diesel, natural gas, biogas and straight vegetable oil. “Kirloskar Green Genset” is the market leader and the most preferred brand among customers in the power generation and telecom industry globally.

In the agriculture market, they fulfil the motive power needs of farmers, who require products in 3 hp to 130 hp in the global Agricultural space. Kirloskar manufactures a variety of quality diesel pump sets and Agricultural engines powering more than 25 applications across five sectors.

“Businesses, and the agricultural sector in Fiji will benefit from the reliable performance and fuel efficiency of Kirloskar’ s pump sets, which have been greening the soils of India, Africa, South East Asia, Latin and Central America,” added Mr Tappoo.

About the Tappoo Group of Companies

Widely regarded as Fiji’s most trusted mark, the Tappoo Group of Companies has grown from a legacy retail brand with over 77 years of history and national presence into one of Fiji’s largest companies with over 1700 employees and diverse business interests spanning a number of sectors

Source: The Fiji Sun
Date: 31st August

A Tribute To Kanji, Ladhiben Tappoo

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Friends from community groups and civil society organisations,

Distinguished Guests,

Members of the Media,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bula vinaka, namaste and greetings to you all.

Thank you for joining us today on this auspicious occasion.

Today, as you know, we remember the founder of the Tappoo Group, my father – Tappoo Kanji.

Today, we pay tribute to him for his tireless work, for his vision, humility and his sense of purpose.

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES

On this day, which we now recognise as the Tappoo Founder’s Day, we celebrate his legacy.

It is a legacy that our mother, the late Ladhiben Tappoo, also played a prominent role in.

They showed us that there is no substitute for hard work.

Also integral to my father’s legacy was his humility and deep appreciation of Fiji’s diverse cultures.

He showed us that we should be accepting of all people; no matter their creed, age, ethnicity, level of education or economic background.

One of the ingenious ways my father helped us learn this was to place us in Christian schools in Sigatoka.

It was such experiences that fostered our respect for all.

To this day, this principle and that of hard work, fairness, integrity and honesty remain the ethos of our family.

These timeless values have helped build our family business into the reliable and respected brand it is today.

These values and our roots in our homeland Fiji have helped us to steer our family company in this fast-changing world.

INSPIRATION

Ladies and gentlemen.

The family company has come a long way since my father secured a small space where he tinkered and handcrafted the silver trinkets that were then the popular jewellery of the day.

That space was literally the corner of a wooden building not more than 10ft by

10ft. That’s just about 3 metres by 3 metres. A very small space indeed.

But what my father lacked in resources, he made up for in sheer determination, perseverance, passion and hard work.

He – inspired – all – of us.

Tappoo Kanji was the inspiration that fuelled our family’s vision and journey to success.

From that tiny work space, which we generally refer to as the first Tappoo shop, we have made giant leaps.

Today, the family business are proud owners and operators of two iconic shopping malls to serve the Fijian people, a state-of-the-art shopping experience at the Nadi International Airport, and it has established itself in a variety of industries.

These industries include shopping malls, retailing, wholesaling, manufacturing, exporting, tourism accommodation, travel, fuel and convenience retailing.

TAPPOO FOUNDER’S DAY

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen.

It is fitting for our family and our company, the Tappoo Group, to pause on this day and pay tribute to a great man.

This day – exactly 77 years ago – Tappoo Kanji started the family business.

It started with only our mother at his side to help him.

Then Bulou joined, and while he was my father’s first employee, he became a member of the family more than anything else.

Today though, the number of employees has increased to almost 1700 people.

We are very humbled by this.

Humbled because our progress means we are able to provide work for many and support the livelihoods of many more.

My father would have been most proud of this.

The employment of almost 1700 people would have meant more to him than any acquisition or property development.

I am certain of this because whenever he learned that we were employing more people – even if it was just one more person – he would become excited and happy.

Yes, he had a lot of empathy.

And he would always urge us to never forget our responsibility to our employees. Responsibility is integral to our vision, he would remind us.

For us, responsibility and profitability are not opposing forces.

On the contrary, they are interdependent.

We have long believed that for us to prosper – the communities in which we live in must also prosper.

That means we have a responsibility to our employees and to the communities we live in.

By the same token, in order to maintain long-term responsibility, we must ensure profitability. The two go hand-in-hand.

CHARITY

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It was thus quite normal for us to embark on charity work.

We have long supported and conducted charity work in the communities.

In 2006 – about four years before my father passed away- the family launched the Tappoo Foundation.

This Foundation has supported numerous charitable causes and projects, and every year is a new round of identifying where we can help.

Today the Tappoo Foundation unveils these beneficiaries on the anniversary of the company’s founding.

This occasion ties in with the significant achievement the Tappoo Group is very proud to have realised.

That achievement was the opening of TappooCity Lautoka.

At the official opening of the mall in January, the Tappoo Group committed $150,000 to the Foundation.

The Foundation

A total of 30 beneficiaries have been chosen.

These include special schools, youth champions, old-age homes, health missions, orphanages, NGOs for the assistance of rural communities, children with cancer, widows, disabled children, survivors of domestic violence, and many others.

Two schools special to our history are also included. They are Kavanagasau Sanatan Dharm School and the Sigatoka Methodist College.

Kavanagasau was the school which my father attended when he arrived in Fiji 1932.

He was only able to study for a very short period of a few months until my grandfather could no longer afford the tuition.

Such a fate was not to be ours.

Our father ensured this and we were all fortunate to be educated at Sigatoka Methodist School.

These schools, for obvious reasons, are special links to our heritage and will always remain so in our Foundation’s sights.

Donation

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, each beneficiary will receive $5000 to assist in their work.

We believe that whilst our Foundation is providing much-needed support, the real heroes are the members and workers of these initiatives.

The Tappoo Foundation understands and believes that all of us can contribute to our vulnerable communities in many different ways – no matter how small.

The Government’s enabling welfare policies and initiatives – like free-tuition, free healthcare and medicine and subsidised water and electricity and so forth – should serve as an inspiration for us all.

As stakeholders in Fiji’s future, we can all lend a hand. And forging partnerships in such matters are critical to sustaining such efforts.

Every contribution counts. As a charitable trust, we understand this and how challenging it is for charitable organisations to make ends meet.

We are therefore confident that the Tappoo Foundation’s contribution will go a long way to help you in your service of others and that it will benefit those who genuinely need the assistance.

COMMENDATIONS

Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen:

The Foundation would like to sincerely commend the work of these 30 recipients. Your work to empower our people safeguards our present – as well as our future. Your selfless service and heightened awareness of others’ needs cannot be repaid.

Your daily demonstrations of sacrifice and hard work are invaluable.

Thank you for the work that you do.

Thank you for your humility. Thank you for the unity you sow.

And we thank you for your humanity. With these few words, I would like to close by wishing you all the very best in your efforts to serve the less fortunate. Thank you, Vinaka Vakalevuand Dhanyavaad.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 24th August

 

Friends from community groups and civil society organisations,

Distinguished Guests,

Members of the Media,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bula vinaka, namaste and greetings to you all.

Thank you for joining us today on this auspicious occasion.

Today, as you know, we remember the founder of the Tappoo Group, my father – Tappoo Kanji.

Today, we pay tribute to him for his tireless work, for his vision, humility and his sense of purpose.

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES

On this day, which we now recognise as the Tappoo Founder’s Day, we celebrate his legacy.

It is a legacy that our mother, the late Ladhiben Tappoo, also played a prominent role in.

They showed us that there is no substitute for hard work.

Also integral to my father’s legacy was his humility and deep appreciation of Fiji’s diverse cultures.

He showed us that we should be accepting of all people; no matter their creed, age, ethnicity, level of education or economic background.

One of the ingenious ways my father helped us learn this was to place us in Christian schools in Sigatoka.

It was such experiences that fostered our respect for all.

To this day, this principle and that of hard work, fairness, integrity and honesty remain the ethos of our family.

These timeless values have helped build our family business into the reliable and respected brand it is today.

These values and our roots in our homeland Fiji have helped us to steer our family company in this fast-changing world.

INSPIRATION

Ladies and gentlemen.

The family company has come a long way since my father secured a small space where he tinkered and handcrafted the silver trinkets that were then the popular jewellery of the day.

That space was literally the corner of a wooden building not more than 10ft by

10ft. That’s just about 3 metres by 3 metres. A very small space indeed.

But what my father lacked in resources, he made up for in sheer determination, perseverance, passion and hard work.

He – inspired – all – of us.

Tappoo Kanji was the inspiration that fuelled our family’s vision and journey to success.

From that tiny work space, which we generally refer to as the first Tappoo shop, we have made giant leaps.

Today, the family business are proud owners and operators of two iconic shopping malls to serve the Fijian people, a state-of-the-art shopping experience at the Nadi International Airport, and it has established itself in a variety of industries.

These industries include shopping malls, retailing, wholesaling, manufacturing, exporting, tourism accommodation, travel, fuel and convenience retailing.

TAPPOO FOUNDER’S DAY

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen.

It is fitting for our family and our company, the Tappoo Group, to pause on this day and pay tribute to a great man.

This day – exactly 77 years ago – Tappoo Kanji started the family business.

It started with only our mother at his side to help him.

Then Bulou joined, and while he was my father’s first employee, he became a member of the family more than anything else.

Today though, the number of employees has increased to almost 1700 people.

We are very humbled by this.

Humbled because our progress means we are able to provide work for many and support the livelihoods of many more.

My father would have been most proud of this.

The employment of almost 1700 people would have meant more to him than any acquisition or property development.

I am certain of this because whenever he learned that we were employing more people – even if it was just one more person – he would become excited and happy.

Yes, he had a lot of empathy.

And he would always urge us to never forget our responsibility to our employees. Responsibility is integral to our vision, he would remind us.

For us, responsibility and profitability are not opposing forces.

On the contrary, they are interdependent.

We have long believed that for us to prosper – the communities in which we live in must also prosper.

That means we have a responsibility to our employees and to the communities we live in.

By the same token, in order to maintain long-term responsibility, we must ensure profitability. The two go hand-in-hand.

CHARITY

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It was thus quite normal for us to embark on charity work.

We have long supported and conducted charity work in the communities.

In 2006 – about four years before my father passed away- the family launched the Tappoo Foundation.

This Foundation has supported numerous charitable causes and projects, and every year is a new round of identifying where we can help.

Today the Tappoo Foundation unveils these beneficiaries on the anniversary of the company’s founding.

This occasion ties in with the significant achievement the Tappoo Group is very proud to have realised.

That achievement was the opening of TappooCity Lautoka.

At the official opening of the mall in January, the Tappoo Group committed $150,000 to the Foundation.

The Foundation

A total of 30 beneficiaries have been chosen.

These include special schools, youth champions, old-age homes, health missions, orphanages, NGOs for the assistance of rural communities, children with cancer, widows, disabled children, survivors of domestic violence, and many others.

Two schools special to our history are also included. They are Kavanagasau Sanatan Dharm School and the Sigatoka Methodist College.

Kavanagasau was the school which my father attended when he arrived in Fiji 1932.

He was only able to study for a very short period of a few months until my grandfather could no longer afford the tuition.

Such a fate was not to be ours.

Our father ensured this and we were all fortunate to be educated at Sigatoka Methodist School.

These schools, for obvious reasons, are special links to our heritage and will always remain so in our Foundation’s sights.

Donation

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, each beneficiary will receive $5000 to assist in their work.

We believe that whilst our Foundation is providing much-needed support, the real heroes are the members and workers of these initiatives.

The Tappoo Foundation understands and believes that all of us can contribute to our vulnerable communities in many different ways – no matter how small.

The Government’s enabling welfare policies and initiatives – like free-tuition, free healthcare and medicine and subsidised water and electricity and so forth – should serve as an inspiration for us all.

As stakeholders in Fiji’s future, we can all lend a hand. And forging partnerships in such matters are critical to sustaining such efforts.

Every contribution counts. As a charitable trust, we understand this and how challenging it is for charitable organisations to make ends meet.

We are therefore confident that the Tappoo Foundation’s contribution will go a long way to help you in your service of others and that it will benefit those who genuinely need the assistance.

COMMENDATIONS

Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen:

The Foundation would like to sincerely commend the work of these 30 recipients. Your work to empower our people safeguards our present – as well as our future. Your selfless service and heightened awareness of others’ needs cannot be repaid.

Your daily demonstrations of sacrifice and hard work are invaluable.

Thank you for the work that you do.

Thank you for your humility. Thank you for the unity you sow.

And we thank you for your humanity. With these few words, I would like to close by wishing you all the very best in your efforts to serve the less fortunate. Thank you, Vinaka Vakalevuand Dhanyavaad.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 24th August

 

Tappoo Foundation $150K Boost To Help

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The Tappoo family charitable trust, Tappoo Foundation yesterday donated $150,000 to commemorate its founder’s humble beginnings 77 years ago.

At least 30 chosen beneficiaries each received $5000 to continue empowering and safeguarding the Fijian people.

Foundation chairman Kanti Tappoo officiated at the event yesterday showing unity for a good cause at the Sai Hall in Sigatoka.

“The Foundation would like to sincerely commend the work of these 30 recipients.

“Your work to empower our people safeguards our present – as well as our future.

“Your selfless service and heightened awareness of others’ needs cannot be repaid. Your daily demonstrations of sacrifice and hard work are invaluable. Thank you for the work that you do. Thank you for your humility.

“Thank you for the unity you sow and we thank you for your humanity, and the very best in your efforts to serve the less fortunate,” Mr Tappoo said.

The Foundation was established by the family in 2006, four years before the passing of the founder, the late Tappoo Kanji.

At the official opening of Lautoka’s TappooCity Mall in January, the Group had committed $150,000 to the Foundation.

Organisations thankful to the Foundation

All 30 beneficiaries were grateful to the Foundation for having faith in their work and contribution to those vulnerable in the communities.

A beneficiary, the Sigatoka Hospital Board of Visitors, acknowledged the generous contribution by the Tappoo Foundation in their areas of need.

Board trustee, Coral Kennedy said the Foundation showed the spirit of care and concern for those vulnerable in the communities.

“It is the sign where Fiji is today, the way forward. There is unity amongst other people today and this is clearly shown whether it be for active people or those with a disability,” she said.

Another fund recipient from Cakaudrove in Vanua Levu, the Mission at Navutu Creek which was established 10 years ago, vowed to continue their projects that assist the poor to get better medical services, and promotes spiritual growth through teaching and counselling.

Mission’s managing director Dr Denis Kalbermatter said: “We received a call to come and receive something.

“We appreciate this. It’s an aspiration to other companies and people who can give a hand boost to projects like ours.”

Source: The Fiji Sun
Date: 24th August

The Tappoo family charitable trust, Tappoo Foundation yesterday donated $150,000 to commemorate its founder’s humble beginnings 77 years ago.

At least 30 chosen beneficiaries each received $5000 to continue empowering and safeguarding the Fijian people.

Foundation chairman Kanti Tappoo officiated at the event yesterday showing unity for a good cause at the Sai Hall in Sigatoka.

“The Foundation would like to sincerely commend the work of these 30 recipients.

“Your work to empower our people safeguards our present – as well as our future.

“Your selfless service and heightened awareness of others’ needs cannot be repaid. Your daily demonstrations of sacrifice and hard work are invaluable. Thank you for the work that you do. Thank you for your humility.

“Thank you for the unity you sow and we thank you for your humanity, and the very best in your efforts to serve the less fortunate,” Mr Tappoo said.

The Foundation was established by the family in 2006, four years before the passing of the founder, the late Tappoo Kanji.

At the official opening of Lautoka’s TappooCity Mall in January, the Group had committed $150,000 to the Foundation.

Organisations thankful to the Foundation

All 30 beneficiaries were grateful to the Foundation for having faith in their work and contribution to those vulnerable in the communities.

A beneficiary, the Sigatoka Hospital Board of Visitors, acknowledged the generous contribution by the Tappoo Foundation in their areas of need.

Board trustee, Coral Kennedy said the Foundation showed the spirit of care and concern for those vulnerable in the communities.

“It is the sign where Fiji is today, the way forward. There is unity amongst other people today and this is clearly shown whether it be for active people or those with a disability,” she said.

Another fund recipient from Cakaudrove in Vanua Levu, the Mission at Navutu Creek which was established 10 years ago, vowed to continue their projects that assist the poor to get better medical services, and promotes spiritual growth through teaching and counselling.

Mission’s managing director Dr Denis Kalbermatter said: “We received a call to come and receive something.

“We appreciate this. It’s an aspiration to other companies and people who can give a hand boost to projects like ours.”

Source: The Fiji Sun
Date: 24th August

Tappoo Group of Companies Drive for Excellence Rewarded

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The Supreme Award was proudly sponsored by Lyndhurst, the manufacturers of the leading women’s clothing label Kookai for the Australian and New Zealand market.
The Supreme Award was presented to a company that demonstrated significant and sustained international growth along with a clear understanding of overseas markets.
The Supreme Award winner has demonstrated commercial success and outlined benefits across multiple facets including job creation, innovation service excellence and social responsibility.

For the Tappoo Group’s executive director, Kamlesh Tappoo, winning the Supreme Award was the culmination of his company’s hard work and dedication towards the growth of his business and the nation.

“Tappoo is a symphony of grand proportions and is a premium brand that is synonymous to excellence and a major contributor to the Fijian economy,” said Mr Tappoo.

Established in 1941, the Tappoo Group of Companies has been a household name and led the way with excellence, innovation and tenacity.

Since its humble beginnings, the Group has its foot in a number of sectors such as tourism, wholesale and retail, manufacturing and export, motor vehicle sales and service, fuel retailing and commercial real estate.

Providing the source of livelihood for some 1,600 families, The Group continues to build on the values of their ancestors, contributing significantly towards the growth of the nation.

“Tappoo Group of Companies is determined to help Fiji realize her dream of a better future for her people.

“It is a dream that our founding fathers have nurtured in us from the beginning and serves to accelerate our own pursuit of excellence,” Mr Tappoo said.

The chief executive officer of Investment Fiji, Godo Mueller- Teut acknowledged the companies’ growth and contribution towards the development of the nation.

“The success of the Tappoo Group of Companies is an inspiration to the business community in Fiji.

The Group has not only excelled in its business through diversification into multiple sectors but also contributed towards the betterment of the communities.

Through the Tappoo Foundation, the Group provides assistance in the education, social care and health care sectors.

The Group has shown significant growth and contribution towards the economy.

“It has a holistic and an inclusive business model that not only focuses on financial returns but societal development and exceptional customer service,” Mr Mueller- Teut said.

Media: The Fiji sun
Date: 21st November

The Supreme Award was proudly sponsored by Lyndhurst, the manufacturers of the leading women’s clothing label Kookai for the Australian and New Zealand market.
The Supreme Award was presented to a company that demonstrated significant and sustained international growth along with a clear understanding of overseas markets.
The Supreme Award winner has demonstrated commercial success and outlined benefits across multiple facets including job creation, innovation service excellence and social responsibility.

For the Tappoo Group’s executive director, Kamlesh Tappoo, winning the Supreme Award was the culmination of his company’s hard work and dedication towards the growth of his business and the nation.

“Tappoo is a symphony of grand proportions and is a premium brand that is synonymous to excellence and a major contributor to the Fijian economy,” said Mr Tappoo.

Established in 1941, the Tappoo Group of Companies has been a household name and led the way with excellence, innovation and tenacity.

Since its humble beginnings, the Group has its foot in a number of sectors such as tourism, wholesale and retail, manufacturing and export, motor vehicle sales and service, fuel retailing and commercial real estate.

Providing the source of livelihood for some 1,600 families, The Group continues to build on the values of their ancestors, contributing significantly towards the growth of the nation.

“Tappoo Group of Companies is determined to help Fiji realize her dream of a better future for her people.

“It is a dream that our founding fathers have nurtured in us from the beginning and serves to accelerate our own pursuit of excellence,” Mr Tappoo said.

The chief executive officer of Investment Fiji, Godo Mueller- Teut acknowledged the companies’ growth and contribution towards the development of the nation.

“The success of the Tappoo Group of Companies is an inspiration to the business community in Fiji.

The Group has not only excelled in its business through diversification into multiple sectors but also contributed towards the betterment of the communities.

Through the Tappoo Foundation, the Group provides assistance in the education, social care and health care sectors.

The Group has shown significant growth and contribution towards the economy.

“It has a holistic and an inclusive business model that not only focuses on financial returns but societal development and exceptional customer service,” Mr Mueller- Teut said.

Media: The Fiji sun
Date: 21st November

$2.8 Million Boost For Cane Growers

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GOVERNMENT last week handed over 30 Mahindra tractors worth $2.8 million to the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the handover event at the Lautoka Girmit Centre last Thursday.

The tractors and farming implements will be hired out to farmers at a nominal rate that was expected to be much lower than the $100 an acre charged by tractor owners across the cane belt area.

Shahin Khan, a female grower from Sigatoka who harvests about 1500 tonnes from 34 acres, said the new tractors managed by FSC would bring relief to farmers.

“This will reduce costs for us and will also entice farmers who plant on small acreage to increase their farm size,” she said

Source : Fiji Times
Date : 30th March, 2018

GOVERNMENT last week handed over 30 Mahindra tractors worth $2.8 million to the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the handover event at the Lautoka Girmit Centre last Thursday.

The tractors and farming implements will be hired out to farmers at a nominal rate that was expected to be much lower than the $100 an acre charged by tractor owners across the cane belt area.

Shahin Khan, a female grower from Sigatoka who harvests about 1500 tonnes from 34 acres, said the new tractors managed by FSC would bring relief to farmers.

“This will reduce costs for us and will also entice farmers who plant on small acreage to increase their farm size,” she said

Source : Fiji Times
Date : 30th March, 2018

Mahindra Tractors – Get It Done With Ease

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Mahindra tractors deliver high level productivity at an economical price. The tractors come standard with a high performance engine, heavy duty synchronize transmission, designed to match the impressive power and torque characteristics of the engine. Controls are fairly simple and easy to sort out. The dash is clear and uncluttered with gauges to show engine temperature, rpm and fuel level as well as a series of warning and display lights.

A comfortable and adjust¬able seat positions the opera¬tor with good visibility in all directions. Independent pedals control the brakes which are fully enclosed dry discs at the rear. The fuel efficient Mahindra Tractors are rugged, reliable and compact that provides with the power, features and ability to get any job done at a fraction of the cost. Extremely easy to operate and maintain very user friendly and with excellent sure footed confidence inspiring both two and four-wheel drive, enables them to undertake the tough¬est and widest range of work, the Mahindra Series tractors are the perfect fit for any farm or ranch, small holding, landscaping business or commercial property.

Mahindra range of Tractors along with its farm implements are available from CarCity showroom, located at 88 Jerusalem Road, Nabua, Suva and on Queens Road Navo Nadi. All new Mahindra tractors are backed by a 12month/2000hours warranty in Fiji.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: March 31st, 2018

Mahindra tractors deliver high level productivity at an economical price. The tractors come standard with a high performance engine, heavy duty synchronize transmission, designed to match the impressive power and torque characteristics of the engine. Controls are fairly simple and easy to sort out. The dash is clear and uncluttered with gauges to show engine temperature, rpm and fuel level as well as a series of warning and display lights.

A comfortable and adjust¬able seat positions the opera¬tor with good visibility in all directions. Independent pedals control the brakes which are fully enclosed dry discs at the rear. The fuel efficient Mahindra Tractors are rugged, reliable and compact that provides with the power, features and ability to get any job done at a fraction of the cost. Extremely easy to operate and maintain very user friendly and with excellent sure footed confidence inspiring both two and four-wheel drive, enables them to undertake the tough¬est and widest range of work, the Mahindra Series tractors are the perfect fit for any farm or ranch, small holding, landscaping business or commercial property.

Mahindra range of Tractors along with its farm implements are available from CarCity showroom, located at 88 Jerusalem Road, Nabua, Suva and on Queens Road Navo Nadi. All new Mahindra tractors are backed by a 12month/2000hours warranty in Fiji.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: March 31st, 2018

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