Import of food commodities and other consumer goods is the main focus of STC operations. The products imported have been categorized. Category 1 comprises of the 14 basic foods - (rice, sugar, flour etc...); Category 2 comprises of 'semi-essentials' commodities like butter, garlic and meats; and Category 3 is for all other products STC may trade in such as toothpaste, baby diapers etc...
For Category 1 products STC also holds buffer stocks, thereby providing food security for the country in the face of any emergency, or serious supply disruption due to natural disasters, epidemics, or other causes. Selling prices for Category 1 are fixed quarterly and published, to provide cost of living stability in basic foods.
All imported product categories are stored in designated STC warehouses. The warehouses are equipped with appropriate facilities, including pallet racking and cold storages depending on the product characteristics.
Wholesaling of goods imported by STC takes place at three locations on Mahe - Dry goods Unit, Fruits and Vegetables Unit and the Meat Unit. Goods are also available at wholesale points on the islands of Praslin and La Digue. Wholesale customers include general retailers, hospitality establishments such as hotels and restaurants, food processing businesses, ship chandlers and other institutions. Transport and delivery services are also provided to wholesale customers.
STC provides the right platform for companies looking for a wholesale and retail distribution opportunity in the Seychelles market. The infrastructure is already well established, supported by the experience of a team well versed with the local commercial and trading environment. Contacts from new prospective partners looking for wholesale distribution services are welcome.
STC already provides marketing and distribution services for two well known local food processing companies: Foodpro (processed meats) and Solei (food sauces and tropic jams). It also provides a distribution platform for leading overseas brands of consumer products in foods, sanitary products, and household consumables.
The STC Supermarket is the company’s primary retail outlet. It offers a wide range of good quality household commodities to customers. Low prices, trusted quality, and regular availability are the hallmarks of the service.
To enhance the wider retail distribution network of its products, STC has partnered with around fifty privately owned retail outlets on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, who display the signs identifying them as STC Franchises.
In line with its Mission these franchises assure that STC’s products are within the reach of all consumers, located in any remote areas of the country, and at the same price and quality as available at STC’s own supermarket in Victoria.
Seychelles Duty Free operates airport retail shops at the Seychelles International airport – both departure and arrival lounges. It also operates a shop at Praslin airport, and most recently has opened a down town Gift Shop putting the genuine quality products within reach of consumers, even if they may not be frequent air travelers. Wholesale services are also offered on an ex-Bonded Warehouse basis to authorized duty free customers such as embassies and cruise ships.
Products in Seychelles Duty Free’s shops are very competitively priced compared to others in our region. This is notable in product categories including liquor, chocolates, tobacco products, and fragrances. It has an exciting array of products, including many locally manufactured crafts & souvenirs, plus ranges from leading suppliers of international travel retail brands with whom we have long term partnerships.
STC also engages in Light manufacturing.
Tea and citronelle are grown at Morne Blanc, on the main island of Mahe, and are blended, processed and packed at the Tea Factory at the same scenic location.
Tea products are sold at the Tea Tavern, and also distributed widely at wholesale and retail outlets. They include tea products in an array of island flavors such as vanilla, orange, lemon, cinnamon, citronelle and mint. Green tea is also produced to meet a growing demand. Instant coffee is imported and packed for retail market distribution.
Toilet paper and multipurpose towels are manufactured at the BDR factory located on the Bois de Rose Avenue in Victoria on Mahe.
STC imports the bulk raw materials and converts those into consumer products with a good standard quality and economical price.
STC imports rice and sugar in bulk and then repacks the products for the convenience of our end users. The repacking process is done by STC staff on STC premises.
From time to time other products are also repacked such as lentils and fruits and vegetables.
The STC bakery produces bread and other baked products which are then supplied on a regular basis to our local customers.
The bulk of the production is sold at retail through the STC Supermarket.
STC also operates as an exporter of certain products directly, or for third parties. In exclusive cases STC exports tea products against specific demand. STC also exports Seychelles fish meal. In previous years exports have included shrimp feed, and frozen prawns.
STC offers its infrastructure to support any third parties wishing to export Seychelles products.
Conference Room Rental
The STC premises are equipped with a spacious Conference room (which caters for a maximum capacity of 225 people theatre style and 80 people seated in a U-shaped arrangement) which can be rented to external clients for the purpose of workshops, conferences and other related functions.
(Please refer to the Contacts page for further enquiries on these services.)