Shoptomydoor, a haulage and delivery service company which ships and delivers goods from different parts of the world to your doorstep has unveiled plans to tap into U.S. organic food markets. This was revealed during the recent launch of the Shoptomydoor export services.
This service will see the company ship samples of products by small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria to America free of charge with the aim of giving those products access to the American market.
Speaking during the launch of the service, Managing Director of Shoptomydoor, Nduka Udeh said the service was launched to boost the export of fashion, solid minerals, cosmetics, article of wood and agricultural products from Nigeria.
“We are offering to ship a sample of products for potential small-medium companies free to the American market to give them access. There is so much Nigerians can do that we are not utilising and that is what we are trying to do,” he said.
According to him, the retail market for food in the U.S. is valued at about $800 billion. He questioned how much of that market share goes to Nigeria considering the fact that Nigeria makes 100 percent organic products. He went on to urge CEOs to take advantage of the service to increase the export of organic foods from Nigeria.
“You would see that we make up a very small quantity. If we get our acts right, we can tap into $10 billion to $20 billion of that food market. So those are the size of the market we are trying to see how we can open,” he said. He went on to state that even if Nigeria was able to get only $100 million of that market share, it will be a great boost to the economy and have a direct effect on the lives of many Nigerians.
Also, this initiative is coming at the right time when there is a struggle to meet the increased demand for organic foods in the United States. In 2015, U.S. sales of organic food posted new records according to a survey on the organic industry from the Organic Trade Association (OTA). According to the OTA survey, the organic industry saw its largest annual dollar gain ever with organic foods accounting for $39.7 billion sales, up 11 percent from the previous year.
The company disclosed that it will be working with all export regulatory agencies in the country to simplify the export process. The service will start with the exportation of dry food before moving on to fresh produce when the company gets the facility to handle the shipping.