Kuching, Sarawak – Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB or the Group) is poised to meet growing demand in the East Malaysia with the installation of a new RM31.5 million ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing line at its plant in Kuching.
This first-of-its-kind UHT line in Sarawak, will allow the company to capture increasing demand with an added capacity of 3.4 million cases a year.
The facility was officiated by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, the Right Honourable Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari at a ceremony held earlier today.
Speaking at the ceremony, F&NHB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lim Yew Hoe said the new line will better position the Group to serve the local market and improve its environmental footprint.
“Localising production has always been an integral focus for the F&N Group as it enables us to be part of the local community. This indirectly helps us to better understand the needs of our customers in the local market.
Furthermore, with a plant in Kuching, we can minimise the need to ship finished goods from Peninsula Malaysia which will substantially reduce our carbon footprint,” he added.
The investment toward the line was part of over RM300 million capex budgeted for two years to ensure the sustainability of the Group’s business for the future. The new line is expected to offer the Group an estimated annual savings of RM 2.8 million in logistics cost over the next decade.
On the environmental front, the Group has also made a commitment to use more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. All F&N UHT drink cartons and packets, including those produced on the new line, are made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified packaging.
This year, the Company is also set to expand its recycling initiative in the state. The programme, currently held in Shah Alam, Penang and Seberang Prai, aims to inculcate a recycling mindset among school-goers. F&NHB is working alongside municipal councils and education departments to roll-out the first installment of the programme in Kuching.
F&NHB has a significant presence in Sarawak supporting over 7,800 outlets throughout the state. Besides the soft drinks operation, the company also owns and operates Borneo Springs, a mineral water company. The Group employs over 400 Sarawakians, and over the last 50 years, has successfully trained and developed local talents, who have contributed positively to the continuing growth of the Company. F&NHB’s total investments in the state amount to over RM100 million.
“Our operation in Kuching is one that we are very proud of. Over the years, the plant has become exemplary for all our other production facilities. Within this small 7.4-acre site, we have a Carbonated soft drink (CSD) canning line, a CSD Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) line, a cordial line, a Bag-in-box (BIB) line and now we have a brand new UHT line. Despite its size, it is a full-fledged plant, and certainly one with the most sophisticated warehouse facility,” Lim said.
Sharing the same sentiment, F&NHB Chairman, Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail said that the launch marked a significant milestone for the Group and mirrored the importance of Sarawak as a significant market for the Group and a potential regional center to further expand our export business.
F&NHB commenced operations in Kuching in 1966 with one production line producing a capacity of 567,000 cases per year. The company has since grown its operations and sales manifold. In the last financial year, sales volume in East Malaysia accounts for 13 per cent of the Group’s revenue in Malaysia.
Shah Alam – While the concept of reusing recyclables is not new nor a novel one, it is unpopular among many. To most people trash only deserves to be in the dustbin. But for children with boundless imagination, recycling discarded materials can lead to a plethora of opportunities and new creations.
Sharing the belief that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) are encouraging students to think out of the box in this year’s Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBSA.
Speaking at the launch of the 11th edition of the campaign, Ms Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager, F&NHB said that educating the younger generation to recycle is crucial for the future. Hence, making recycling interesting and fun is key to instilling habit in children.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the creativity displayed by the children last year through their brilliant recycling corner ideas. This year, we are introducing a new competition to encourage students to use their imagination and reinvent with recyclables. In doing so, we hope to make recycling a fun and rewarding activity for the children,” she said.
Held annually since 2007, the campaign aims to promote environment preservation among school-goers and imbue a recycling culture, following the 5R philosophy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Reinvent. The campaign runs from March 1 to August 31, 2017 and is supported by the Department of Education Selangor and Tetra Pak Malaysia.
The six-month campaign challenges kindergartens as well as primary and secondary schools under the MBSA administration to collect the largest haul of recyclable materials per student, i.e. aluminum, plastic, and paper, to win rewards worth RM23,100.
Primary and secondary schools stand to win the grand prize of RM2,000 for the highest average score of recyclable items collected per student at the end of the campaign. The second prize is RM1,700 each while third placed winners receive RM1,500 each. Fourth and fifth places winners earn RM1,200 and RM1,000 respectively each for their efforts. Sixth and seventh placements will receive a consolation prize of RM400 each.
Winners for the kindergarten category will receive RM500 as the grand prize, while first and second runners up will be awarded RM400 and RM300 respectively. Fourth to seventh placements will each receive a consolation prize of RM100.
Three special awards are also up for grabs for the most aluminum, plastic and Tetra Pak materials accumulated. Winners from primary and secondary schools stand to win RM700 while kindergartens will receive RM300 for each special award category.
This year, additional prizes will be given out to primary and secondary schools with the most creative invention made up of recyclables. Top schools will walk away with a share of RM3,600 for their efforts.
In 2016, Pra Sekolah SK Seksyen 20 retained its crown in the kindergarten category for the second consecutive year, collecting 4,096kg in recyclables while SJK (C) Chung Hua took the lead in the primary school category with an exceptional haul of 15,304.3kg in recyclables. In the secondary school category, SMK Bukit Jelutong claimed the top spot after recording a sum of 10,826.6kg of recyclables.
“Early exposure is crucial to nurture the recycling culture not only in school, but also at home. Through the campaign, we hope to instil this good habit among children so that it will be continued well into their adulthood and carried on to the next generation,” said Goh.
The 2017 campaign was officially launched by Shah Alam Mayor, Dato' Ahmad Zaharin Bin Mohd Saad. It will conclude with a prize giving ceremony, expected to be held in September.
Seberang Prai, Penang – Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) are rallying school-goers across the district to step up their recycling game and reduce waste via a new six-month recycling campaign.
Supported by the District Education Office and Tetra Pak Malaysia, the Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MPSP 2017 aims to instil a recycling culture among students while promoting environmental preservation.
Held from March 1 till August 31, 2017, the campaign hopes to draw the participation of at least 50 schools comprising primary and secondary schools under the MPSP administration.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Ms Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager of F&N said the Company was pleased to work alongside MPSP to extend its recycling initiative in the district.
“We began our recycling initiative 11 years ago in Shah Alam and in 2012, extended the campaign to the Penang Island. While the campaigns have proven successful in promoting the recycling culture among school-goers, there’s still much to be done to foster an environmentally-conscious society.
In 2015, the recycling rate in the country was reported at only 15 per cent. This is significantly lower compared to our neighbours namely Singapore at 59 per cent and Australia at 30 per cent. Sweden has been particularly exemplary in its recycling effort, with less than 1 per cent of household waste sent to landfills. By educating the younger generation, we hope to bring about greater awareness on the importance of recycling and create a ‘zero-waste’ mentality,” she said.
Goh also encouraged schools to think out of the box when implementing activities to promote recycling. For instance, using ingenious and creative ways to recycle. Showcasing creative usage of waste materials, F&NHB installed a lighted lampshade backdrop made up entirely of used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles at the ceremony.
The Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MPSP 2017 offers a share of rewards totalling RM19,200 for schools which achieve the largest haul of recyclable materials such as aluminum, plastic, paper and drink cartons per student.
Primary and secondary schools stand to win the grand prize of RM1,400 for the highest average score of recyclable items collected at the end of the campaign. The second prize is RM1,300 each while for third place RM1,200 each. Fourth and fifth places respectively earn RM1,100 and RM1,000 each for their efforts. Sixth and tenth placements will receive a consolation prize of RM300 each.
Three special awards worth RM700 each are also up for grabs for schools with the most aluminum, plastic and drink carton materials accumulated.
“Although our contribution towards the preservation and care of the environment may seem small, but if everyone shares the same responsibility towards this cause, our efforts will certainly be impactful and effective,” said Goh.
The campaign was officially launched by Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif, MPSP Yang Dipertua. It will conclude with a prize giving ceremony, expected to be held in September.
Kuching, Sarawak – Clad in aprons and smiles, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) employees started the day bright and early to prepare a hearty breakfast treat for 20 senior citizens of Home of Peace in conjunction with the Chinese New Year festivity.
The special menu, made with love, included local Chinese delicacies; mee sua chicken soup and dim sum, which are favourites among the residents.
According to F&NHB’s Head of Communication & Corporate Affairs, Ms Karen Tan, the Company was delighted to be able to spend time with the residents and spread joy during the festive season.
“At F&N, we look forward to festive occasions as it gives us the perfect avenue to share our good fortune and give back to the society who has continued to support us each year. Most importantly, it is a time to remember the less fortunate communities around us and ensure that they are not left out of the festivities.
We wanted to make the visit a meaningful one for Home of Peace residents as such we decided to prepare some of their favourite breakfast meals. We hope this small gesture helps liven up their spirits and serves as a reminder that the society cares for them,” she added.
After tucking in to the delicious meal, residents were invited to join in a fun sing-a-long session led by F&NHB. F&NHB employees then went around to personally extend their festive greetings while distributing goodie bags filled with ‘ang pows’, F&N products and mandarin oranges to each resident.
Adding to the revelry, F&NHB organised a Lion Dance performance to usher in good luck and prosperity. The Company also came bearing gifts for the home ranging from tables, chairs, electrical items including a TV as well as household groceries and food supply.
The outreach programme was part of a Chinese New Year filial piety initiative held annually by the Company to share joy and spread festive cheer with less fortunate members of society. Apart from Home of Peace, this year’s community effort also included residents of Sherun Old Folk Home and Handicap Centre, Johor.
The home’s manager, Mr Jerome Lim thanked F&NHB for its support during the festive season and the Company’s contribution. He was also grateful to the employees for taking the initiative to spend some time with the residents as the elderly always look forward to such visits.
Home of Peace was set up by the Catholic Welfare Services of Sarawak in 2009 as part of its mission to extend love and care to the aged poor. The home welcomes destitute elderly poor irrespective of race, religion or gender and depends solely on sponsorships and donations from the public. At present, the home cares for 20 residents with the help of 14 staff including a nun, office staff and general workers.
Skudai, Johor – Residents of the Sherun Old Folk’s Home & Handicapped Centre were pleasantly surprised to receive a special guest this Chinese New Year, in the form of a playful ‘Da Tou Wa Wa’ (Big Headed Doll). The jovial character danced his way around the home, spreading greetings of peace and joy and heralding a prosperous start to the New Year.
The dance performance was part of a Chinese New Year celebration organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) at the welfare home to usher in the Year of the Rooster. The auspicious occasion was part of the Company’s annual community relations effort to spread festive cheer and good fortune with less fortunate members of society.
Speaking at the event, Ms Karen Tan, Head of Communication & Corporate Affairs, F&NHB said that festive outreach programmes such as this were important to the Company as it offers the perfect opportunity to give back to the society and bring cheer to underprivileged communities.
“F&NHB has been privileged to have a special place in the hearts of generations of Malaysians for over 133 years, particularly during festive celebrations. Hence, it is only fitting that we in turn reach out to the underprivileged and ensure that they are not left out of the festivities,” she added.
The Lunar New Year celebration also included a yee sang tossing session and a sumptuous lunch buffet for the residents. The Company also contributed a cash donation, diapers and food supplies to assist the home in its upkeep while its employees went around to personally extend their festive greetings and distribute ‘ang pows’ as well as goodie bags to all residents.
“We’re glad that the residents had as much of a great time as we did ushering in the New Year. We hope this small gesture and our contribution will help brighten up the year for them,” said Ms Tan.
Madam Kala Vellu, founder and administrator of the home, was grateful to F&NHB for its contribution to the home and thanked its employees for giving the 65 residents a memorable Chinese New Year celebration.
The Sherun Old Folk’s Home & Handicapped Centre is a privately-run welfare home that cares for destitute and abandoned elderly folk of all races and religions through the goodwill and generosity of the public.
Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (“F&NHB” or “the Group”) is transforming its decades-old route-to-market strategy in Malaysia which will see the Group roll out a unified nationwide system to deepen and widen market penetration this year.
The exercise, piloted in the Northern Region late last year, employs a combined route-to-market approach, to ensure even greater product access to its total portfolio and optimised operational efficiencies.
“Now a unified team, will extend the full complement of our soft drinks and dairies portfolios to all F&N outlets resulting in more business for our distributors, more products for our customers and even better efficiencies for us. This is expected to increase our market presence and potentially boost sales up to RM300 million in the coming years,” said F&NHB Chief Executive Officer, Lim Yew Hoe at the Group’s 55th Annual General Meeting here today.
Apart from that, F&NHB is re-evaluating its business model across all aspects of its value chain from the extensiveness of its portfolio, product and packaging innovation to warehousing and logistics. This exercise will place the Group on a firmer footing for sustainable growth and extend its offerings beyond traditional markets.
Lim said F&N will sharpen its focus on optimising the number of SKUs in each of its product categories while exploring just-in-time production to eliminate unnecessary inventory, warehousing and logistics costs.
Product packaging and innovation strategies will be introduced to cater for the specific needs of its diverse customer base from individual consumers, hotels, restaurants and cafes (HORECA) and industrial customers in the food, beverage and confectionery sectors. “We will move away from the one-size-fits-all concept to customise our packaging and also our product offerings,” he added.
These initiatives are part of the Group’s major transformation programme, which began in October 2015.
“As our transformation journey continues, our focus for the year will be to capture value from the exercise. We will intensify efforts to improve our cost and revenue efficiencies to further enhance the Group's sustainability and create added shareholder value. Similarly, we are putting more focus in growing our export business to be a key business pillars in FY2017 and the years to come,” added Lim. Within just one year of renewed focus on export, the Group’s Malaysian export business grew by 31 per cent.
Growing its export business, which represents the third pillar for F&NHB, is a natural progression after successfully expanding its business in Thailand; the Group’s second pillar. Today, the business not only contributes significantly to the Group’s revenue and operating profit, its strong market presence is evident throughout Thailand with street teas and coffees being synonymous with its canned milk brands.
For the year ended 30 September 2016, F&NHB continued its growth trajectory, expanding revenue by 1.5 percent to RM4.17 billion from RM4.11 billion recorded in the last financial year. Group profit before tax rose 32.7 per cent from RM333.8 million to RM442.9 million year-on-year.
Commenting on prospects for the year, F&NHB Chairman Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail said the Group foresees another challenging period but remains confident that with its transformation strategies in place and 133-year foundation in heritage, product diversity and geographical reach, F&NHB will maintain its leadership in the industry and weather the economic and market headwinds.
“We expect FY2017 to continue to be challenging, as both the domestic and global economic environment look set to remain soft and volatile, compounded by escalating commodity prices and depreciating Ringgit. The Group recognises that there will never be a lack of challenges in any environment. We are confident that the ongoing transformation will create a leaner, more resource and asset-efficient organisation, and enhance our ability to achieve sustainable growth in both revenue and profit.
We will also closely monitor the changing market dynamics and adapt tactically and strategically to maintain our competitive edge,” he added.
Meanwhile, shareholders at the AGM approved the payment of a final single tier dividend of 30.5 sen per share to be paid on 6 February 2017 (2015: final single dividend of 35.5 sen per share).
Today, having a degree alone is not indicative of a well-rounded graduate. The graduate job market is increasingly crowded and challenging for thousands of university leavers each year as employers look beyond academics when selecting job candidates.
Acknowledging the importance of a well-rounded education, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) recently recognised 180 young achievers at the recent F&N Chairman’s Award.
The students, children of employees of the F&N Group, shared a total of RM367,000 under the award scheme.
The annual award, the 14th to date, was initiated to celebrate the Group’s 120th anniversary celebrations in 2003. To date, F&NHB has disbursed cash awards more than RM3 million to 2,295 children.
Speaking at the award ceremony, F&NHB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lim Yew Hoe said that beyond achieving academic excellence, students need to grow into confident, dynamic individuals ready to face the evolving challenges at work and their respective life journeys.
“While academic success is highly sought after, it alone isn't enough to succeed in the modern world. Building character and life skills are also an essential part to a well-rounded education and success in the workplace. Hence, getting involved in extra-curricular activities is equally important for students,” he added.
At the ceremony, F&NHB rewarded seven Special Award recipients who have excelled in both academics and co-curricular activities. Among them was 13-year- old Jared Ong Kai Ze for scoring 7As in his UPSR examination and winning the third placing in the state Volleyball competition.
Besides Jared, 16-year-old Nurul Husnina Amani Binti Abdul Halim also received the coveted award, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the PT3 exam and participation in the national-level KUSES chess championship.
“Finding a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities is key for students although it can be challenging with the mounting homework and tuition classes they are expected to attend. Parents, as strong motivators, play an important role in guiding their children to realise their full potential. Hence, this award is also a tremendous endorsement of your efforts and aspiration for your child,” said Mr Lim as he congratulated the parents.
Every year, young achievers and their families are invited to the F&N Chairman’s Award presentation ceremony during which F&NHB Chairman Y.A.M. Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail presents each of them with cash awards of between RM300 to RM5,000.
The award ceremony saw the Company reward 43 recipients in the UPSR category, 30 in the PT3 category, 37 in the SPM category. Sixty-three recipients received awards in the Tertiary Education category for successfully gaining admission to a local or overseas university while seven received Special Awards.
Pudu, Kuala Lumpur – December 2, 2016 was a day four-year-old Edmund Chan will probably remember for a long time. He had his photo taken with Santa Claus and received a big Christmas gift. But what he will probably remember the most are the games, prizes and sweet treats of candy floss and popcorn at the F&N Christmas Charity Carnival.
Organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB), the carnival dubbed ‘Welcome to Santa’s Workshop!’ was held at the Kompleks Metro Pudu with 47 children from Angel Children’s Home, Rumah Impian and Rumah Kasih.
The complex, which was decorated with a beautifully-adorned-12-feet Christmas tree, sparkling lights and balloons, made the spirit of the holiday season come alive as the children arrived early, anxiously anticipating the fun filled day ahead.
The children had a ball participating in numerous activities with F&NHB employees including a gingerbread man decorating contest and a fun Christmas dance. Several mini game stations were also set up namely Santa’s Sling Shot, Santa’s Runaway Reindeer, Find Santa’s Key and Santa’s Bucket Ball, which had the children excitedly running from one game stall to the other while enjoying sweet treats in between.
Speaking at the event, Mr Lim Yew Hoe, F&NHB Chief Executive Officer said that the Company was delighted to share the joy of the festivity with these children.
“F&N continues to enjoy a special place in the hearts of Malaysians even after over 130 years. Our drinks have become the perfect complement for all occasions; but none more so than during joyous festive celebrations. Our products put a smile on the faces of our consumers in keeping with our tagline “Pure Enjoyment, Pure Goodness”.
Similarly, we want to spread joy and share our prosperity with all levels of our community. This is a cause close to our hearts as we believe that the festivities are to be celebrated together and we want to ensure that no one is left behind,” he added.
“The Christmas Carnival was such fun. I enjoyed the games especially Santa’s Sling Shot and even got to win a Nerf gun. We rarely get the opportunity to play such games and what’s more meet fun people from F&N. They were sporting enough to play the games with us,” said 15-year-old Heng Chee Leong from Angel Children’s Home.
Eleven-year-old Nandhini was thrilled to win a Frozen colouring book at the carnival as that is her favourite cartoon movie. “I’m very happy to celebrate Christmas with F&N and I’m looking forward to spending time with my mother when I go back to visit for the holidays,” said the aspiring policewoman from Rumah Impian.
Kemberley Yong of Rumah Kasih loves the Christmas season as the children get to put up the Christmas tree together and celebrate with a special dinner. “The party with F&N was great fun and I loved all the gifts and prizes I won. The carnival helped make the Christmas season come alive for us,” said the 13-year-old.
At the event, employees also fulfilled each child’s wish for Christmas, gifting them presents according to their wish list. F&NHB also presented a cheque contribution to each home to help subsidise their day-to-day expenses.
After a scrumptious lunch, the Company distributed bags of Christmas goodies containing F&N gifts and stationery sets to the children.
“In the spirit of the festivity, it is truly our privilege to spend some time with the children and share what we have. I hope that this celebration and our little contribution will help the children look forward to a bright and meaningful Christmas.
We would like to thank the administrators of Angel Children’s Home, Rumah Impian and Rumah Kasih for giving us the opportunity and thank all the kids for welcoming us with open arms,” said Mr Lim.
Soya milk is not something foreign to Malaysians. In fact, some even consume it as a daily beverage. However, has it ever crossed your mind how fresh your soya milk is?
Keeping in trend with consumers’ preference of healthy beverages, F&N NutriSoy, the No. 1 soya bean milk in Malaysia, recently introduced F&N NutriSoy Fresh, the first pasteurised fresh soya milk in Malaysia in two variants made with fully imported Non-GMO Canadian beans, ensuring only the best is served to you!
For ultimate freshness and high quality hygiene assurance, F&N NutriSoy Fresh goes through a stringent pasteurisation process technology that has been efficiently heat-treated by the High Temperature Short Time Method. In this method the temperature of soya milk is heated up to not less than 73°C for 15 seconds, and then immediately reduced to 4°C or less. Moderately high temperature sufficiently kills microbes and imperatively helps retain the soya nutrients, thus prolongs shelf life to 35 days.
F&N NutriSoy Fresh has to be maintained at below 4°C for protection from contamination until the milk is removed from its premise.
Packed with 9 essential amino acids, which is the building blocks of protein, F&N NutriSoy Fresh provides the goodness of soya milk vital in supporting tissue building and growth. It is low in Glycaemic Index that can assist in slowing down the release of glucose into the bloodstream, and is high in Calcium for the development of strong bones and teeth.
Staying true to its name, F&N NutriSoy Fresh provides taste consistency with no added preservatives and colouring. With high-protein content, soya bean is the only complete plant-based protein that is comparable to protein found in meat or eggs, making it a suitable alternative for vegetarians. Other than that, F&N NutriSoy Fresh is also suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.
Wait no more and enjoy the freshness of soya milk in the comfort of your home or office with the all-new NutriSoy Fresh.
The new F&N NutriSoy Fresh comes in two variants of F&N NutriSoy Fresh Soya Milk and F&N NutriSoy Fresh Soya Milk Lite and is priced at RM6.90 for a 1-liter pack. It is now available at selected hypermarkets and supermarkets nationwide.
F&N NutriSoy Fresh has scored numerous firsts in the soya category such as, the first to launch the pasteurised fresh soya milk, and first to launch the fresh soya milk lite (less sweet).
With the company’s philosophy in achieving optimum standards and processes in all its products, F&N is committed to produce products with high safety and quality standards in the total production chain from materials and ingredient procurement, beverage mixing to packaging and delivering.
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