Pepe Saya resumes ‘world domination’ plans to take Aussie butter to the world

Many food-service and hospitality institutions – Pepe Saya’s principal buyer base – closed their doorways. Distributors have been returning pallets upon pallets of butter to Pepe Saya’s manufacturing amenities in south Sydney. “Everybody was in panic mode.”

However the problem spurred on a wave of innovation and a plan B technique they by no means would have thought of in any other case. Their on-line shopfront, which had possibly 20 orders every week, abruptly exploded to as a lot as 1600 every week, particularly within the lead-up to Easter.

The place eating places and motels have been compelled to close, native cafes boomed. “Bakeries saved us,” says Issa. After which got here an thought he describes as a “masterstroke from us as a staff”: at a time when radio and TV stations have been abruptly left with out content material, Pepe Saya poured about $1 million into advertising and marketing and promoting.

A surge of lockdown-fuelled curiosity in baking and residential cooking led to new merchandise (maple butter, buttercrunch chocolate, passionfruit curd, maple and scone packs, and extra) and collaborations with the likes of Sonoma, Gelato Messina, and Butterboy.

Buttering up world clients

With borders open and journey and eating roaring again to life, the aesthetic butter makers hope their renewed effort (which Issa jokingly describes as “world domination”) to push extra deeply into worldwide markets gained’t be interrupted once more. “We’re truly executing the 2020 plan now,” he says.

Pepe Saya could be present in Texan gourmand grocery retailer Central Market and in main Asian cities favoured by Western expats, equivalent to Hong Kong and Singapore, in addition to Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Dubai, and the Maldives.

The plan is to extend its footprint within the US, with Thailand and Vietnam additionally earmarked for progress, because of its more and more prosperous center class.


Issa is real looking, although. “From our perspective, we solely want one or two clients in every nation. Give it some thought – if we have now 15 nations we [sold to] and two to 3 clients [in each], that’s 45 new clients proper? It’s loads for a enterprise our measurement to deal with, so we don’t really need loads,” he stated.

Pepe Saya can also be “in talks” on organising a facility in England. “It’s one thing we’re simply exploring in the intervening time … we’re taking it significantly.”

Because it pursues world progress, the corporate should cope with the identical inflation and provide shocks which have impacted companies in each trade. Russia’s battle on Ukraine has pushed world gasoline and dairy costs, whereas packaging has elevated by greater than 10 per cent. All of this compelled Pepe Saya to lift the costs of some merchandise by as a lot as 40 per cent for the primary time in 5 years.

However rigorously nurtured relationships with long-term suppliers, six impartial dairies throughout Victoria and the east coast, has ensured regular provide.

Whereas export represents the fastest-growing a part of the Pepe Saya enterprise, Issa is aware of the worth in tending to the smallest particulars for his earliest clients.

“Ever since tastings got here again three weeks in the past [at Carriageworks], gross sales went up by 30 per cent.”

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