Nepali chhurpi in high demand in US

- POST REPORT, Sankhuwasabha

Mar 9, 2015-

Traders and producers of chhurpi (local milk candy) here are having a busy time following a surge in demand for the product from international markets, especially the United States.

Nepali chhurpi is mainly used as a dog chew in the US, while Canada, Mexico and Japan are other importing countries. Sujan Kumar Shrestha, a Khandbari-based trader, said the demand stands at around 300,000kg annually from the US alone, while the overall demand stands at around 6000,000kg.

Shrestha, who operates a firm named Himalayan Corporation in the US, procures the product from more than 300 local traders from Tehrathum, Dhankuta, Taplejung, Ilam, Dolakha, and Sankhuwasabha districts.

He is also involved in production of chhurpi both in Nepal and in the US. “Unable meet the demand, we also produce the product through our company in the US,” adding that the American people, however, prefer Nepal-made chhurpi.

Shrestha’s, who exports Chhurpi worth Rs 20 million every year, said his company also offers training to the locals on chhurpi making. The product costs Rs 600-Rs 700 per kg in Nepal. Nepali chhurpi is sold under the “Himalayan Dog Chew” brand in the US.

Amid surging demand, many other companies are also engaged in chhurpi exports.

Published: 10-03-2015 09:11

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