Sharing A Taste of Indonesia with Canada While Helping Home Country to Thrive Canadian-Indonesian entrepreneurs introduce authentic, fair-trade products to Canada
Canadian-Indonesian entrepreneurs are looking to introduce unique and interesting Indonesian products to Canada while supporting the livelihood of Indonesian producers back home. Archipelago Marketplace Inc. is set to open its online store on Amazon as well as its pop-up shop in Vancouver’s historic Gastown at Indonesian Promotion Trade Centre (ITPC) on December 10, 2020.
“We curate and deliver unique and high quality products directly from Indonesia to homes in North America,” says Liza Wajong, Co-Founder of Archipelago. “Each product contains a piece of the Indonesian culture that we proudly represent and we can’t wait to share with Canada.”
Named after Indonesia’s unique geographic makeup of many islands, the concept of Archipelago was driven by the devastating economic impact from the global COVID-19 pandemic. Liza and David Gunawan, Archipelago’s other Co-Founder, wanted to support the small and medium sized businesses back in their home country Indonesia, but also recognized a gap in authentic Indonesian products in Canada. Naturally, Liza and David became the bridge and the idea of a marketplace was formed.
Up to 70 products will be available at Archipelago’s Amazon store and the local pop-up store in Vancouver, ranging from coffee to tea, to snacks and food seasoning, to cassava flour, coconut sugar and vanilla. Shoppers will find products such as:
- Tempeh Chips – Tempeh, originated from Indonesia, has taken North America by the storm. Archipelago is bringing in kettle cooked chips using the finest fermented soybeans and enticing customers with flavours such as barbeque, lime and hot & spicy.
- Sulawesi Tana Toraja Coffee – this arabica coffee is grown on the slope of Mount Rante Karua in the Tana Toraja region of South Sulawesi, between 1,500 to 1,700 metres above sea level. The producer applies an organic farming method to keep the balance and preservation of the natural environment and microclimate in the region, producing the best organic arabica coffee in the world.
- Tongkat Ali (Indonesian Ginseng) – a herbal remedy that has natural benefits to boost our health and fitness. As Indonesia is known for its various herbal and spices plants, Archipelago works with a producer in Central Java to source this interesting product while ensuring fair trade with local farmers in Indonesia.
“Our products are directly sourced from Indonesian producers and farmers, so they are all traceable and sustainable,” adds David.
The Archipelago Pop-up Store is located at the new Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre at 310 West Cordova Street, Vancouver. Archipelago will host a virtual grand opening event on December 10, 2020, to unveil the Amazon store. Members of the public are invited to register and join the live-streamed celebration. A special promo code will be revealed at the event so participants can enjoy discounted Christmas shopping at Archipelago. The Amazon store ships Canada wide.
Archipelago Marketplace is supported by the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia and its Directorate General of National Export Development (DGNED), Trade Attache at Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Ottawa, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Vancouver, BNI (Bank Negara Indonesia) New York and BRI (Bank Rakyat Indonesia) New York.
About Archipelago Marketplace Inc.
Sourced from Indonesia by Indonesians, Archipelago curates and delivers a wide variety of unique, high quality products to North America, offering customers an authentic Indonesian experience and a taste of the culture. Archipelago aims to increase the export capacity of Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and help these businesses in establishing a sustainable market position in North America. www.archipelago-store.com
Media release and image provided by David Peng, Cool Peach Media.
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