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Scam Alert | 8 June 2018

posted 8 Jun 2018, 01:47 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 8 Jun 2018, 03:05 ]


It has been brought to our attention that text messages (SMS) and WhatsApp messages are being sent to some mobile phone users informing them that they have won cash prizes from a contest organised by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd. The recipient is
then directed to a website that is promoting “Peraduan Ceria Raya Bersama F&N” and submit their personal details such as bank accounts or credit card numbers to redeem the prize.

We wish to clarify that currently there is no contest named “Peraduan Ceria Raya Bersama F&N” being organised by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd. or any of the companies within the F&N Group. These messages and the fake website are part of a scam to mislead the public.

Members of the public who have received such communications are advised not to respond to the SMS and WhatsApp messages. More importantly, they are advised not to disclose their personal details such as bank accounts or credit card numbers.

Please call our consumer careline at 1-800-88-1988 to check or verify any message received from F&N.

F&N views this matter seriously and reports have been lodged with relevant authorities.


Please visit our official website at www.fn.com.my/promotions to learn more about consumer contests organised by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd.



BERHATI-HATI DENGAN PENIPUAN ‘SCAM’

Kami telah dimaklumkan bahawa mesej-mesej teks (SMS) dan WhatsApp telah dihantar kepada pengguna telefon bimbit yang memaklumkan bahawa mereka telah memenangi hadiah wang tunai daripada pertandingan yang dianjurkan oleh F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd. Penerima tersebut kemudiannya diminta untuk pergi ke laman web yang mempromosikan "Peraduan Ceria Raya Bersama F&N" dan menyerahkan butiran peribadi mereka seperti akaun bank atau nombor kad kredit untuk menebus hadiah tersebut.

Kami ingin menjelaskan bahawa pada masa ini tiada pertandingan yang dinamakan "Peraduan Ceria Raya Bersama F&N" yang dianjurkan oleh F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd atau mana-mana syarikat dalam Kumpulan F&N. Mesej-mesej dan laman web palsu ini adalah sebahagian daripada ‘scam’ pancingan data untuk mengelirukan orang ramai.

Orang ramai yang telah menerima komunikasi sedemikian dinasihatkan agar tidak membalas mesej SMS dan WhatsApp tersebut. Lebih penting lagi, mereka dinasihatkan agar tidak mendedahkan maklumat peribadi mereka seperti akaun bank atau nombor kad kredit.

Sila hubungi talian perkhidmatan konsumer kami di 1-800-88-1988 untuk memeriksa atau mengesahkan sebarang mesej yang diterima dari F&N.

F&N memandang serius perkara ini dan telah membuat laporan kepada pihak berkuasa yang berkaitan.

Sila lawati laman web rasmi kami di www.fn.com.my/promotions untuk mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai pertandingan pengguna yang dianjurkan oleh F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd.



警惕诈骗


本公司接获通知有手机用户收到短讯以及WhatsApp讯息通知他们赢得由星狮饮料行销私人有限公司(F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd.)举办的有奖竞赛送出的现金奖。收件人被要求登录一个宣传“Peraduan Ceria Raya Bersama F&N”的假网站,并提交他们的个人资料,如银行账户或信用卡号码以兑换奖品。

谨此澄清,星狮饮料行销私人有限公司以及星狮集团(F&N Group)旗下的公司目前并没有举办任何名为“Peraduan Ceria Raya Bersama F&N”的有奖竞赛。这些讯息以及假网站是旨在混肴公众的网络诈骗行为。

本公司劝请收到类似短讯以及WhatsApp讯息的公众切勿回应。更重要的是,我们强烈建议不要披露任何个人资料,如银行账户或信用卡号码。

请致电我们的客户服务热线1-800-88-1988查询或核实任何由星狮(F&N)发出的讯息。

星狮对这事件高度重视、并已经上报有关部门。

请浏览我们的官方网站www.fn.com.my/promotions 以获知更多关于星狮饮料行销私人有限公司(F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn. Bhd.)。

Building Fundamental Skills For The Next Generation Of Leaders

posted 4 Jun 2018, 18:48 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 4 Jun 2018, 18:49 ]


Hulu Langat – A lack of self-confidence had often prevented 16-year-old Muhammad Aiman from speaking in front of people and striking up​ conversations with strangers. However, the Form Four resident of Rumah Ilham has now overcome his shyness and embraced talking to people from different backgrounds, thanks to an on-going leadership programme and a recent two-day, one-night leadership camp held at Nur Lembah Pangsun Eco Resort recently, organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB).

“The leadership camp was fun and not only taught us ways of building our self-confidence and essentials to having a powerful mindset but also the importance of effective communication. I didn’t realise how body language especially eye contact, gestures and voice projection played a crucial role in boosting our confidence level but now I know it can help improve our communication and people skills.

“During the camp, each of us was given the opportunity to apply what we have learned by speaking in front of an audience. The facilitators were supportive and helped identify our weaknesses so that we can be better communicators. Until today, I remember the positive tagline, “Believe in who you are” from the camp which gives me the strength to rise above life’s challenges during hard times,” said Muhammad Aiman who aspires to be a chef.


The leadership camp was part of F&NHB’s “Making A Difference” (M.A.D.) project for 42 children aged between nine and 17 years old from Rumah Ilham, held in partnership with Leaderonomics, a social enterprise dedicated to transforming communities through leadership development.

The initiative aims to empower the young orphans with the knowledge, tools and skills needed for them to devise effective solutions to real-world problems and develop their confidence and sense of independence through mentorship and nurturing practical skills.

Earlier this year, F&NHB conducted an assessment that emphasised the Awareness, Vision and Plan (AVP) concept to identify four levels of competency for the children of Rumah Ilham. The assessment results showed that most of the Rumah Ilham children have low self-confidence and do not have the capacity to manage the issues that they face.

Hence, the leadership camp focused on addressing the children’s weaknesses and helping them to strengthen their self-esteem, developing the children’s critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to resolve problems in life, and empowering the children to explore their creative side and think outside the box.

Cariessa Goh, F&NHB Corporate Affairs Manager said that the AVP exercise is part of F&NHB’s three-year plan to better understand the children’s learning journey and build their sense of responsibility and ownership toward improving their personal and educational development.

“The plan which runs from 2018 to 2020 is a long-term development programme that encourages the Rumah Ilham children to be active contributing members of the community to enact positive change for the betterment of the society at large. As the world is rapidly changing, the youth need to acquire relevant skills and traits in order to thrive and succeed in life.

“The future of our country lies in the hands of our youth. Children are filled with passion and tremendous ambitions. It will be a waste if we do not foster a conducive environment to enhance their talent and capabilities. Our three-year plan is designed to build character in the Rumah Ilham children and lead them to navigate today’s fast-paced world in the right direction so that they can reach their fullest potential,” she added.


In the long run, F&NHB targets to significantly improve the Rumah Ilham children’s competencies, self-esteem and academic performance. This will inevitably lead to a higher number of secondary school graduates, greater access to tertiary education and better employment opportunities. Currently, F&NHB’s initiative with Rumah Ilham has garnered 30 per cent youth participation and aims to achieve 70 per cent youth involvement by 2020.

During the leadership camp, four Leaderonomics facilitators guided the Rumah Ilham children in various activities which covered entrepreneurship, resilience, emotional intelligence, strong communication skills and community-driven values.

The sessions included ‘Rumah Ilham Leadership Pit Stop’ that highlighted the children’s researched ideas of their first session in March to a mid-point check in May; ‘Mid-Point Check’ which equipped the children with organisational skills to manage their teams and tasks; ‘Game On! (Fireman Simulation)’ that brought the children together to create a strong bond as a group and taught them the power of teamwork and healthy competition; ‘Screens’ that played a movie on how one can execute a project and work in a team; ‘T.E.A.M.’ which enabled the children to partake in a series of challenges as they learned how to grow as a team; ‘Confidence!’, aimed at understanding the importance of confidence and breaking out of their comfort zones; ‘Pitch Out!’ which gave the children an avenue to present their ideas to a panel of judges; and ‘What’s Next?’ that motivated the children to figure out the next step forward and how they can apply what they have learned in their daily lives.

On the final day of the camp, the children went jungle trekking and enjoyed the calm ambience of the Perdik waterfall, 1.5 hours away from the eco resort. The leadership camp ended with a prize giving ceremony for the children who did well in numerous activities during the two-day programme.

Another camp participant, 17-year-old Muhammad Roni said that the programme experience opened his eyes to the importance of teamwork and being adaptable in facing any obstacles in life. 

“I truly enjoyed the Amazing Race whereby we were divided into groups of five to solve puzzles in order to find clues to win the game. We had to communicate clearly to our teammates and establish trust within the team to overcome the challenges. Overall, the activities at the camp were not only enjoyable but also showed us that anything is possible if we believe in ourselves and others and be flexible in order to adapt to whatever life throws our way,” said the Form Five student who wishes to become an electrical engineer.

The skills acquired at the leadership camp will later come in handy at a M.A.D. project which will be held on July 7, 2018 at the Kampung Baru Hicom mosque. The event offers the Rumah Ilham children an opportunity to become facilitators themselves and come up with their own ideas to create a one-day leadership development programme for children from the surrounding community, based on their key learnings from the camp. 

“We received a positive response from the Rumah Ilham children and we are delighted that they enjoyed themselves immensely during the camp. We are committed to the children’s constant growth and will continue to explore effective and fun ways to encourage them to become better individuals who have a much greater sense of what it takes to accomplish goals and motivate others to handle challenges positively,” Goh added. 

F&NHB’s relationship with Rumah Ilham began in 2009 when it built the ‘Sudut Iqra’ library for the children and have continued to support the home and the children ever since. F&NHB has invested more than RM135,000 in development programmes for the children since 2015 and look forward to providing continuous guidance to them.

Statement on F&N SEASONS Soya Bean Milk | 31 May 2018

posted 31 May 2018, 01:54 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 31 May 2018, 14:05 ]


F&N thanks Madam Ng Fong Sin for bringing to our attention on 28th May 2018, the matter relating to a packet of F&N SEASONS Soya Bean Milk 1L that she purchased and consumed. 

We have contacted her to address this issue. Investigation on the sample received from Madam Ng showed that the solidified matter is soya curd and mold. We believe that the pack could have been damaged due to mishandling which caused micro leaks, allowing air to gain entry and bacteria to breed thus leading to the issue of curd with mold growth.

Concurrently, immediate steps were taken to check our production records and conduct tests on samples of F&N SEASONS Soya Bean Milk with the same batch code which are kept in our factory for reference, as well as products of the same batch code bought from retail outlets.

Our Quality Assurance tests showed no abnormalities in these samples and our investigations to date have found no issue in the quality control and manufacturing processes on the batch of products. As such, we believe that this is an isolated incident. 

Please be assured that all F&N products are manufactured under stringent international quality and food safety standards and they are all safe for consumption. Our plants are certified with FSSC 22000, ISO 22000 and HACCP Food Safety management systems and all stages of our production processes are subjected to rigorous quality control procedures.

Nonetheless, we would like to advise our consumers to check the packaging for leaks caused by mishandling prior to purchase. We also wish to remind that as F&N SEASONS Soya Bean Milk is made from real whole soy beans with no added preservatives, it must be stored in the fridge after opening to ensure the freshness of the product.

We truly value the comments and feedback given as product quality and consumer safety are of utmost importance at F&N.

Should you have further enquiry on F&N products, please contact our Customer Care Line at 1800-88-1988.



KENYATAAN MENGENAI SUSU KACANG SOYA F&N SEASONS

F&N mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Puan Ng Fong Sin kerana telah memaklumkan kami pada 28hb Mei 2018, mengenai satu paket susu kacang soya F&N SEASONS 1L yang telah beliau beli dan minum.

Kami telah menghubungi Puan Ng untuk menangani isu ini. Siasatan sampel yang diterima dari Puan Ng menunjukkan bahan pepejal yang ditemui adalah soya yang telah bertukar menjadi pepejal soya (soya curd) dan berkulat. Kami percaya kotak minuman tersebut mungkin telah rosak disebabkan penyalahkendalian yang menyebabkan kebocoran mikro pada kotak minuman. Ini membuatkan udara masuk dan memangkinkan pembiakan bakteria yang mengakibatkan terbentuknya pepejal soya (soya curd) dan kulat.

Pada masa yang sama, langkah segera diambil untuk memeriksa rekod pengeluaran kami dan menjalankan ujian pada sampel susu kacang soya F&N SEASONS dengan kod pengeluaran yang sama yang disimpan di kilang kami untuk rujukan, serta produk yang sama kod pengeluarannya yang dibeli dari kedai runcit.

Ujian Jaminan Kualiti kami menunjukkan tiada keabnormalan dalam sampel-sampel ini dan penyiasatan kami mendapati tiada sebarang isu kawalan mutu dan proses pengilangan pada produk-produk yang dikeluarkan pada masa yang sama. Oleh itu, kami percaya bahawa ini adalah kejadian terpencil.

Semua produk F&N dihasilkan di bawah standard kualiti keselamatan makanan antarabangsa yang ketat dan semuanya selamat untuk dinikmati. Kilang-kilang kami disahkan dengan sistem pengurusan keselamatan makanan FSSC 22000, ISO 22000 dan HACCP di semua peringkat proses pengeluaran kami yang tertakluk kepada prosedur kawalan kualiti yang ketat.

Walau bagaimanapun, kami ingin menasihati pengguna-pengguna agar menyemak pek untuk kebocoran yang disebabkan oleh penyalahkendalian sebelum sebarang pembelian dibuat. Kami juga ingin mengingatkan bahawa susu kacang soya F&N SEASONS dibuat daripada kacang soya asli tanpa ditambah pengawet, jadi ia mesti disimpan di dalam peti sejuk selepas dibuka untuk memastikan kesegaran produk tersebut.

Kualiti produk dan keselamatan pengguna adalah sangat penting di F&N dan kami benar-benar menghargai komen dan maklum balas yang diberikan.

Sekiranya anda mempunyai pertanyaan selanjutnya mengenai produk F&N, sila hubungi talian perkhidmatan pelanggan di 1800-88-1988.



关于F&N SEASONS豆奶的声明

星狮(F&N)感谢Ng Fong Sin女士在2018年5月28日, 让我们关注于她购买和饮用一包一公升装F&N SEASONS豆奶的事件。

我们已经联系Ng女士以解决此事件。在调查于Ng女士提供的投诉样本中,结果显示了那凝固物是大豆凝乳和霉菌。 我们相信,包装可能会因处理不当而受损,并导致微量泄漏,因此让空气和细菌进入繁殖,从而导致霉菌生长的凝乳事件。

同时,我们也立即采取步骤检查我们的生产纪录和检验具有相同批号的F&N SEASONS豆奶样品,这些样品是保存在我们的工厂充作参照用途。我们也检验了购自各零售商店的具有相同批号产品。

我们的质量保证检验显示这些样品并没有异样,到目前为止我们的各项调查也没有发现该批产品的质量控制和制造过程出现问题。因此,我们相信这是一项孤立事件。

敬请放心,星狮的所有产品都是按照严格的质量和食品安全标准生产而且可安全饮用。我们的工厂拥有FSSC 22000,ISO 22000和HACCP食品安全管理体系认证,本公司生产过程的所有阶段皆遵照严格的质量控制程序。

尽管如此,我们谨此劝请我们的消费者在购买之前先检查包装是否有因处理不当而造成泄漏。我们也再次提醒大家,由于F&N SEASONS豆奶是以真正整粒的大豆制成且不含防腐剂,因此必须在开封后储存在冰箱中冷藏以确保产品的新鲜度。

我们真正重视所给出的意见和反馈, 因为产品的质量和消费者的安全对星狮至关重要。

如果您对星狮的产品有进一步的询问,请联系我们的客户服务热线: 1800-88-1988。

F&N Expands Recycling Campaign to Melaka

posted 18 May 2018, 00:32 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 18 May 2018, 00:35 ]


Melaka – Building on the success of its nationwide school recycling campaigns for the past 12 years, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) is expanding its recycling outreach efforts to schools in Melaka.

F&N is collaborating with the Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) to organise the inaugural “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBMB 2018” to spearhead its recycling outreach in the state in tandem with the Group’s commitment to reach out to more schools across Malaysia.

“Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBMB 2018” will see primary and secondary schools as well as pre-schools under the jurisdiction of MBMB compete against each other to collect the largest haul of recyclable materials per student as they vie for RM22,660 in prize money between April 1 and September 30, 2018.

The six-month school recycling campaign aims to educate students and teachers on the importance of disposing waste correctly and effectively through the 5R philosophy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Reinvent.

Supported by the Melaka Tengah District Education Office, Melaka Department of Environment and Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., the “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBMB 2018” encourages students to start practising good recycling habits since young to help ensure a sustainable future for the next generation. Speaking at the launch of the “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBMB 2018”, F&NHB’s Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs, Karen Tan said that inculcating recycling habits among students at an early age is essential to forming positive thoughts, attitudes and behaviours so that they will grow up to become responsible adults who care for the environment.

“Through the campaign, we will be conducting a briefing for school principals and teachers who are in charge of co-curricular activities or recycling clubs at their respective schools. This will enable us to give the teaching fraternity from participating schools a better understanding of applying the 5R philosophy throughout the campaign,” she said.

The “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBMB 2018” inspires students to work closely with their teachers as well as parents to formulate an effective strategy to boost their recycling rates in order to accumulate the highest collection of aluminium, plastics, Tetra Pak carton packages and e-waste such as television sets, computers, mobile phones, rice cookers, hair dryers, toasters, speakers and vacuum cleaners.

Through the “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBMB 2018”, primary and secondary schools stand a chance to win the grand prize of RM1,400 for the highest average score of recyclable items collected at the end of the campaign while first-place winner in the pre-school category will win RM500. Primary and secondary schools that finish in second place will each bring home a cash prize of RM1,300 while the pre-school that claims second spot will receive RM400.

Primary and secondary schools that come third will win RM1,200 each while the pre-school that takes third place will go home with a cash prize of RM300. Fourth and fifth places in the primary and secondary school categories will receive RM1,100 and RM1,000 respectively. Meanwhile, consolation prizes worth RM300 each will be given to primary and secondary schools from sixth to 10th positions. Pre-schools from fourth to 10th positions will get a consolation prize of RM80 each.

Three special awards worth RM700 each await primary and secondary schools with the biggest amount of aluminium, plastic and Tetra Pak carton packages collected. Pre-schools with the highest amount of aluminium and plastic accumulated will receive RM200 for each category while the pre-school that collects the biggest amount of Tetra Pak carton materials will gain RM300 in cash prize. Another special award for the most e-waste accumulated will be rewarded to the winning primary and secondary schools that will take home cash prizes of RM500 each.

The “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBMB 2018” was officially launched by Yang Berbahagia Datuk Wira Zainal bin Hussin, MBMB Mayor and witnessed by En. Abdul Halim bin Abdul Malek, Melaka Tengah District Education Officer.

Yang Berbahagia Datuk Wira Zainal commended F&N for taking the initiative to work together with the government sector in facilitating environmental education and awareness in schools.

“Melaka currently produces between 900 and 1,000 tonnes of rubbish daily which can be significantly reduced if everyone practises the 5R concept to pave the way to a sustainable future. We are happy to be embarking on the school recycling campaign with F&N and I have full confidence that it is going to be successful in encouraging students, teachers, parents as well as their family members and friends to adopt recycling in their daily lives,” said Datuk Wira Zainal.

F&NHB kickstarted its school recycling campaign in 2007 in Shah Alam, Selangor and extended the initiative to the Penang Island in 2012. Last year, the Group’s “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N” made its foray into Seberang Perai, Penang and Kuching, Sarawak. To date, F&NHB has launched four other school recycling campaigns this year, namely “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBPP (Penang Island City Council) 2018”, “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MPSP (Municipal Council of Seberang Perai) 2018”, “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBSA (Shah Alam City Council) 2018” and “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MPSJ (Subang Jaya Municipal Council) 2018”.

Over the past 12 years, this recycling campaign has accumulated over 1 million kilograms of recyclable materials and the collection of recyclables has been increasing year by year, which reflected the commitment of everyone involved in the campaign. F&NHB will continue to explore collaborations with other municipal councils in Malaysia in line with its effort to educate the younger generation on the importance of environmental conservation and to develop environmental advocates of the future.

F&NHB Aims to Expand Share of Ready-To-Drink Beverages Market with an Enhanced Portfolio of Healthier Choice Products

posted 3 May 2018, 19:18 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 3 May 2018, 21:19 ]


  • F&N introduces 100PLUS Reduced Sugar – with only 4 per cent sugar, the lowest among carbonated beverages in Malaysia and WITHOUT any alternative or artificial sweetener 

  • 100PLUS full range certified with Healthier Choice logo to meet consumers’ demand for healthier option in the local ready-to-drink beverages market 

  • F&N expands its healthier product portfolio with F&N Ice Mountain Drinking Water, produced with world class technology that uses six-tier purification process 

  • Domestic sales driven by effective Chinese New Year marketing and trade promotions. F&B Malaysia posts 7.0 per cent higher revenue in second quarter FY2018 

  • Interim single tier dividend of 27 sen per share amounting to RM99.0 million 

Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (“F&NHB” or “the Group”) aims to expand its share in the ready-to-drink market with the introduction of a broader portfolio of healthier choice products while supporting Government’s call for lower sugar content in beverages.

The Group’s newest introduction – 100PLUS Reduced Sugar (with only 4 per cent sugar, the lowest in the industry and WITHOUT any alternative or artificial sweetener), will boost 100PLUS’ total healthier choice portfolio and expand the brand’s reach beyond traditional user occasions. At just 4 per cent sugar but with the full hydration benefits of an isotonic drink, it is an everyday beverage suitable for all occasions.

100PLUS, Malaysia’s leading isotonic beverage currently accounts for one out of every four carbonated beverages consumed by the local market. Since its introduction in 1983, 100PLUS has grown beyond the sports drink segment as an isotonic offering with 90 per cent market share.

Speaking at a media briefing on F&NHB’s first half financial results ended March 31, 2018, F&NHB Chief Executive Officer, Lim Yew Hoe said that the latest improvement in the 100PLUS range enriches F&NHB’s portfolio of healthier offerings which will spearhead the Group’s drive to lead in every segment of the ready-to-drink beverage industry and adapt to consumers’ evolving needs towards healthier options.

The whole range of 100PLUS now carries the Healthier Choice logo including its fruity variants that consist of 100PLUS ORANGE, 100PLUS BERRY, 100PLUS LEMON LIME and the new 100PLUS BLACKCURRANT. The Group has successfully revamped the formula for the 100PLUS fruity variants to meet the criteria for the Healthier Choice logo by the Ministry of Health Malaysia while ensuring that they taste even more delicious despite the lower sugar content.

“Reformulation is a complex process, and we want to ensure that we retain the right balance of taste and flavours that are already favoured by our consumers as well as providing the optimal benefits of rehydration,” Lim added.

F&NHB is also tapping into consumers’ increasing demand for greater convenience and flexibility by offering 100PLUS ACTIVE in powder sachets which are convenient for people who are constantly on the go. Malaysian athletes who recently competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games used the 100PLUS powder sachets to meet their hydration and energy needs while contending at such a high-level competition.

Besides 100PLUS, the Group also broadened its healthier product portfolio with the new F&N Ice Mountain Drinking Water, produced at the newly installed water line at the Shah Alam plant. Every drop of F&N Ice Mountain Drinking Water undergoes a world class six-tier purification process which consists of a three-tier filtration (Ultra, Activated Carbon and Cartridge), followed by Ultraviolet Treatment, Reverse Osmosis and Ultra Shield process. To preserve the water purity, each bottle and cap goes through five decontamination steps using ionised air, vacuum and ultraviolet light during the filling and sealing stages to produce the ultimate clean drinking water.

Meanwhile, the new Aseptic Cold-Filling Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) line at the Shah Alam plant has begun producing 100PLUS ACTIVE 1 litre pack since March 2018. The commissioning of the new line will further accelerate F&NHB’s expansion into new offerings in the near future.

“We will continue to deliver our “Pure Enjoyment, Pure Goodness” promise to our consumers by offering healthier options without compromising on taste". Lim said.

Commenting on the performance of its Malaysia operations, Lim said “the successful execution of its Chinese New Year festive promotions, including the launch of the limited edition Classic F&N Orange Crush, and the double-digit growth in exports contributed to revenue growth for the Malaysia operations during the second quarter of FY2018 which grew by 7.0 per cent compared to the same quarter last year”.

However, F&B Malaysia’s first half performance was impacted by market contraction in the beverage categories in Malaysia and floods in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah in the first quarter. Revenue for F&B Malaysia in the first half ended March 31, 2018 was marginally lower by 0.7 per cent to RM1.18 billion compared to RM1.19 billion last year.

F&B Malaysia’s operating profit in the first half period declined by 24.9 per cent to RM81.1 million compared to the same period last year. This was largely due to higher input costs, the strengthening of Malaysian Ringgit against US Dollar which affected exports’ revenue, and higher advertising and promotions expenditure and sales incentives. The increase in costs were partly offset by operational cost savings and lower overheads.

The Group revenue for the first half ended March 31, 2018 is maintained at RM2,083.5 million while Group profit before tax reduced by 17.2 per cent to RM216.0 million compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, Group profit after tax decreased 14.9 per cent to RM199.4 million for the first half ended March 31, 2018 compared to the corresponding period in 2017.

F&NHB expects business environments in both Malaysia and Thailand will continue to be challenging with prolonged weak consumer sentiments and intensifying competitive price pressure. Meanwhile, raw and packaging material prices in subsequent quarters are expected to remain volatile following the uptrends in packaging and milk-based commodity prices; compounded by the continuing uptrend of oil prices. The Group has hedged its core commodity requirements for the financial year along with the corresponding foreign currency exposure wherever possible.

"The Group will continue to focus on enhancing efficiencies and boost innovations to meet the increasing needs of consumers towards healthier beverage choices, flexibility and affordability through the introduction of more products with lower sugar content, the right pack sizes and prices,” Lim said.

In line with the Group’s performance, the Board declared an interim single tier dividend of 27 sen per share (2017: 27 sen) for the year ending 30 September 2018. The dividend amounting to about RM99.0 million will be paid on 7 June 2018.

F&NHB Posts Higher Revenue in Second Quarter FY2018 Driven by Stronger Food & Beverages Malaysia

posted 3 May 2018, 18:59 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 3 May 2018, 19:00 ]


  • Group revenue in second quarter rose 2.2 per cent to RM1.015 billion compared to the corresponding period last year
  • Food and Beverages Malaysia (F&B Malaysia) records 7.0 per cent revenue growth in second quarter of FY2018 supported by successful Chinese New Year festive promotions
  • Group profit before tax impacted by higher input costs, especially for dairy products
  • Interim single tier dividend of 27 sen per share amounting to RM99.0 million 

SECOND QUARTER 2017/2018 PERFORMANCE 

Financial Highlights Second Quarter 2017/2018 Second Quarter 2016/2017 Change (%)
Revenue (RM million) 1,014.5 992.7 2.2
Profit before tax (RM million) 100.9 116.8 -13.6
Profit after tax (RM million) 92.6 107.1 -13.6
Basic earnings per share (sen) 25.3 29.2 -13.4


Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB or the Group) recorded a 2.2 per cent growth in revenue for the second quarter ended March 31, 2018 to RM1,014.5 million from RM992.7 million in the same quarter last year.

The Group profit before tax for the second quarter decreased by 13.6 per cent to RM100.9 million while profit after tax reduced by 13.6 per cent to RM92.6 million.

Revenue for F&B Malaysia grew 7.0 per cent in the second quarter of FY2018 to RM581.8 million from RM543.9 million in the corresponding period last year.

F&NHB Chief Executive Officer, Lim Yew Hoe said that the successful execution of its Chinese New Year festive promotions, including the launch of the limited edition Classic F&N Orange Crush, and the double-digit growth in exports contributed to revenue growth for the Malaysia operations during the quarter under review.

However, F&B Malaysia operating profit reduced by 16.2 per cent to RM39.9 million from RM47.6 million due to higher input costs especially for dairy products, higher advertising and promotions expenditure and sales incentives for Chinese New Year festive promotions during the quarter. Higher costs were partly offset by operational cost savings and lower overheads.

Meanwhile, Food and Beverages Thailand (F&B Thailand) revenue eased 3.6 per cent to RM432.5 million from RM448.5 million during the quarter under review due to the soft domestic market and loss of UHT milk revenue caused by product shortage resulting from a co-manufacturer’s plant that was damaged by fire in November 2017, and partly offset by double-digit growth in exports to Indochina region.

Operating profit for F&B Thailand was higher by 2.3 per cent in local currency mainly due to lower spend on advertising and promotions for the quarter. However, its operating profit translated to Malaysian Ringgit was 0.9 per cent lower at RM66.2 million from RM66.8 million last year due to the strengthening of Malaysian Ringgit versus the Thai Baht.

HALF YEAR 2017/2018 PERFORMANCE

Financial Highlights Second Quarter 2017/2018 Second Quarter 2016/2017 Change (%)
Revenue (RM million) 2,083.5 2,083.8 0
Profit before tax (RM million) 216.0 260.8 -17.2
Profit after tax (RM million) 199.4 234.3 -14.9
Basic earnings per share (sen) 54.5 64.0 -14.8

The Group revenue for the first half ended March 31, 2018 is maintained at RM2,083.5 million while Group profit before tax reduced by 17.2 per cent to RM216.0 million compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Group profit after tax decreased 14.9 per cent to RM199.4 million for the first half ended March 31, 2018 compared to the corresponding period in 2017.

Despite higher revenue in the second quarter, F&B Malaysia first half performance was impacted by market contraction in the beverages categories in Malaysia and floods in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah in the first quarter. Revenue for F&B Malaysia was marginally lower by 0.7 per cent to RM1,182.2 million for the first half ended March 31, 2018 compared to RM1,191.0 million last year.

F&B Malaysia operating profit declined by 24.9 per cent to RM81.1 million from RM108.0 million in the first half period last year. This was largely due to higher input costs compared to the corresponding period last year, the strengthening of Malaysian Ringgit against US Dollar which affected exports revenue, and higher advertising and promotions expenditure and sales incentives. The increase in costs were partly offset by operational cost savings and lower overheads.

Meanwhile, F&B Thailand revenue grew by 1.0 per cent to RM900.7 million for the first half ended 31 March 2018 from RM892.2 million last year. Double-digit growth in exports to Indochina as well as continued innovations in new products and packaging formats, helped to mitigate the impact of challenging domestic market conditions in a soft economy.

Operating profit for F&B Thailand eased 4.1 per cent to RM138.9 million from RM144.8 million in the same period last year. This was due to higher input costs and a one-off provision for inventories damaged in a fire at a co-manufacturer’s plant.

“Our first half performance reflects the current challenging environments in both Malaysia and Thailand for the beverages and dairy business with prolonged weak consumer sentiments, rising raw and packaging material prices and intense competition,” Lim said.

Moving forward, the Group will continue to leverage on innovations to deliver new and unique product offerings. In particular, it would be focusing on meeting consumers’ evolving needs toward healthier options through the introduction of more products with lower sugar content; and consumers’ demand for affordability through the right pack sizes and prices.

The Group’s newest introduction – 100PLUS Reduced Sugar (with only 4 per cent sugar, the lowest in the industry and WITHOUT any alternative or artificial sweetener), will boost 100PLUS’ total healthier choice portfolio and expand the brand’s reach beyond traditional user occasions. At just 4 per cent sugar but with the full hydration benefits of an isotonic drink, it is an everyday beverage suitable for all occasions.

The whole range of 100PLUS now carries the Healthier Choice logo including its fruity variants that consist of 100PLUS ORANGE, 100PLUS BERRY, 100PLUS LEMON LIME and the new 100PLUS BLACKCURRANT. The Group has successfully revamped the formula for the 100PLUS fruity variants to meet the criteria for the Healthier Choice logo by the Ministry of Health Malaysia while ensuring that they taste even more delicious despite the lower sugar content.

“We will continue to deliver our “Pure Enjoyment, Pure Goodness” promise to our consumers by offering healthier options without compromising on taste.” Lim added.

Commenting on outlook for the rest of the year, F&NHB Chairman, Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail said the business environments in both Malaysia and Thailand will continue to be challenging with prolonged weak consumer sentiments and intensifying competitive price pressure. Meanwhile, raw and packaging material prices in subsequent quarters are expected to remain volatile following the uptrends in packaging and milk-based commodity prices; compounded by the continuing uptrend of oil prices. The Group has hedged its core commodity requirements for the financial year along with the corresponding foreign currency exposure wherever possible.

“Despite the challenges, the Board and management will continue to remain vigilant and take decisive actions in managing the changes in external environment to ensure sustainable growth for our business,” he added.

In line with the Group’s performance, the Board declared an interim single tier dividend of 27 sen per share (2017: 27 sen) for the year ending 30 September 2018. The dividend amounting to about RM99.0 million will be paid on 7 June 2018.

100PLUS Awarded with Healthier Choice Logo by the Ministry of Health Malaysia

posted 18 Apr 2018, 00:22 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 18 Apr 2018, 00:22 ]


PETALING JAYA, 12 APRIL 2018: Since the launch in 1983 as the first isotonic beverage in Malaysia, 100PLUS has always been ahead of its time with its Sports & Active Lifestyle positioning. Understanding the shift in consumer preference towards healthier beverage, 100PLUS takes the leap to meet the demand. Today, F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd is proud to announce the whole range of 100PLUS will now carry the Healthier Choice Logo.

The reformulated 100PLUS ORIGINAL and 100PLUS ACTIVE was released with the Healthier Choice Logo last year after the launch by the Ministry of Health in April 2017. 100PLUS followed suit with the initiative to reformulate the whole range including 100PLUS BERRY, 100PLUS ORANGE, and 100PLUS LEMON LIME, which had rolled out into the market with the Healthier Choice Logo printed on its new packaging starting March 2018.

Graham Lim, Vice President, Brand Marketing of F&N said, “From here forward, each beverage in our portfolio will trail along as we are committed to offer our consumers the best. 100PLUS will also make headway as a healthier beverage among consumers who are not only active in sports, but live an active lifestyle too. Now everyone can enjoy 100PLUS as a healthier choice of beverage with a lower amount of sugar content.

“Reformulation is a complex process, and we want to ensure that we were still able to retain the right balance of taste and flavours that are already favoured by our consumers as well as providing the optimal benefits of rehydration. We have successfully revamp the formula for the entire range of 100PLUS variants, which will now contains 6 grams or lesser amount of sugar for every 100ml, and essentially meeting the criteria for Healthier Choice Logo regulation. This is in line with the brand's aspiration to encourage individuals to unleash their potential and live an active lifestyle,” added Graham Lim.

The Healthier Choice Logo is intended to provide point-of-sale information to the consumer in making informed food choices. The objective is to create an environment which supports healthy eating and to promote active living for all.

Leong Wai Yin, 100PLUS Senior Marketing Manager added, “In conjunction with this healthier movement, we also wanted to elevate the excitement further by launching an all new flavour that ranks amongst the most popular flavours Malaysians love; 100PLUS Blackcurrant – a refreshing carbonated dark purple drink that will not only provides an optimum hydration, but satisfy your taste buds.”

100PLUS Ambassador Mira Filzah, who was present in the launch said, “Being in the entertainment industry, work schedule can get hectic very quickly. Hence, I choose 100PLUS as my go-to beverage to hydrate my body throughout the day. Not only does it provides a refreshing taste, it also helps to replenish body fluid lost.”

Joining Mira to celebrate and host the launch was celebrity host CK Faizal. The event was also graced by Lai Ming Kong, Senior Vice President, Domestic Commercial Operations F&N and Datin Wira Dr. Hajah Siti Hawa Mohd, Director of Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad.

Stay hydrated with Malaysia’s No. 1 Isotonic Drink, a smarter choice for your active lifestyle!

National Athletes Can Now Pack 100PLUS Active Sachets During Overseas Stints

posted 11 Apr 2018, 22:43 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 11 Apr 2018, 22:44 ]


KUALA LUMPUR (5th April 2018): The next time our national athletes travel abroad for training and competition, whether it is to Gold Coast, Jakarta or anywhere else in the world, they will be able to conveniently pack 100PLUS, Malaysia’s number one isotonic beverage, with them. This became possible after 100PLUS introduced the all-new sachet version of the popular non-carbonated 100PLUS Active.

The sachets, packed with 15 grams of 100PLUS Active powder, have made it very convenient for national athletes to take their favourite beverage with them on their travels.

“100PLUS is an official sponsor of the National Sports Council and we realized our national athletes consume 100PLUS regularly to stay hydrated. We wanted to ensure our national athletes are still able to enjoy what they like even when they are overseas be it on a training or a competition stint. This is important as our athletes will have the peace of mind as they know exactly what they are consuming,” said Engku Isyamuddin Tuan Losin, Sponsorship and Activation Manager, F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd. At a simple ceremony here, Engku Isyamuddin presented Datuk Ahmad Shapawi with a batch of 100PLUS Active sachets which will be given to the athletes who are headed for Gold Coast and other forthcoming sports events abroad. Datuk Kamal Harun, F&N Consultant, was also in attendance at the presentation.

Athletes will not be the only ones to enjoy the sachets as consumers can now purchase them online at Shopee & 11street. The sachets can also be purchased at all watsons outlets nationwide and selected independent pharmacies. The sachets are available in box packs of five priced at RM8.

100PLUS is the recommended drink of the National Sports Council. 100PLUS is a strong and loyal supporter of sports in the country. They currently sponsor the Malaysian Football League, the Football Association of Malaysia, Badminton Association of Malaysia, the Ministry of Education-organised Liga KPM and many other events and sports bodies.

100PLUS also has several Brand Ambassadors, including Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying, Goh Jin Wei and Khairul Hafiz Jantan.

100PLUS and BAM Sign New Two-Year Sponsorship Deal

posted 7 Mar 2018, 23:50 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 7 Mar 2018, 23:51 ]


PETALING JAYA (6th March 2018) – 100PLUS, the nation’s No.1 isotonic beverage, and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) today announced that they had signed a new two-year sponsorship agreement. This deal is testament to the strong relations between both 100PLUS and BAM who have been partners since November 2003.

Under the terms of the new agreement, which expires at the end of next year, 100PLUS will be named the Official Beverage sponsor for all BAM events and activities including the Malaysian Open and the Malaysian Masters.

More importantly, the new deal will see 100PLUS becoming the title sponsor for the national junior circuit and the junior inter-state tournaments over the next two years. The events will be known as the 100PLUS National Junior Circuit (Under-12, Under-14 and Under 16) and also the 100PLUS National Junior Inter-Team.

These two junior competitions are important development platforms for the young players. Many of our current national players graduated from these events, they include the likes of Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Liu Ying.

Other current national shutlers who came through the junior circuit include Iskandar Zulkarnain, Vivian Hoo and Goh Jin Wei. The 100PLUS National Junior Circuit comprises seven rounds which culminate with the grand finals in Negri Sembilan in July. The 100PLUS National Inter-State Team Under-12 and Under-16 will take place later this year in November in Kelantan.

“When we first signed up with BAM, we wanted to contribute in some way to the development of the sport. In the last 15 years, we have seen many young players blossom into world class stars who have gone on to achieve remarkable results on the global stage including winning silver medals at the Olympics,” Ming Kong said today.

“We have had a tremendous relationship with BAM over the years and it has become even stronger ever since Dato’ Sri Norza took over as the president. We look forward to working with Dato’ Sri Norza and his team in the coming years.”

The extension of this partnership will see 100PLUS become one of the longest serving sponsors with BAM. In addition to BAM, 100PLUS supports the top badminton players in the country. Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei, Tan Wee Kiong, Goh V Shem, Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying and Goh Jin Wei are all 100PLUS ambassadors.

Ming Kong meanwhile said 100PLUS ACTIVE, launched in conjunction with the KL SEA Games last year, will be provided to BAM for their events. 100PLUS ACTIVE will be the ideal drink for players aiming to achieve peak performances as they will be able to consume this non-carbonated beverage during events.

100PLUS ACTIVE builds on the brand’s sports heritage and functional credentials to target sporty, fitness-seeking consumers looking for a no-fizz thirst-quencher that can rehydrate, replenish, and re-energise them during and after their fitness regimen.

“I am pleased to share today that 100PLUS ACTIVE will for the first time be available in powder form and packed in sachets. With the sachets, our badminton players and other national athletes will be able to consume 100PLUS ACTIVE whenever they travel abroad. The sachets will also be sold online and in selected outlets,” Ming Kong added.

100PLUS, a Silver Sponsor for Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games and Para Games, is synonymous with supporting sports in the country. Apart from BAM, 100PLUS also supports the Football Association of Malaysia. 100PLUS is also the title sponsor for the 100PLUS Premier League and the Official Isotonic beverage for the Malaysian Football League.

100PLUS is committed to youth development programmes and currently supports the National Football Development Programme (NFDP), Liga KPM (under MSSM) and the 100PLUS Malaysian Junior Open golf tournament. 100PLUS is the recommended drink of the National Sports Council.

World Champions Dominate SAM-100PLUS Awards 2017

posted 5 Mar 2018, 23:04 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 5 Mar 2018, 23:05 ]


National track cyclist, Azizulhasni Awang who won the gold medal in keirin at the 2017 Track Cycling World Championships and short putter, Ziyad Zolkefli who set a new world record in winning a gold medal at the World Para Athletics Championships were named as the Best Athlete and Best Paralympian respectively at the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100PLUS Awards 2017.


Malaysia’s best athletes were feted at the SAM-100PLUS Awards 2017 to acknowledge their contributions to the nation with the main prizes given away by Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, at a special event held in Kuala Lumpur recently.

The other awards were given to Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah (water ski) for being the Best Young Athlete, and Special Awards to Gavin Kyle Green (golf) and the women ten-pin bowling team.

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) was awarded with the Most Dynamic Sports Association Award for the success of its young talent development programmes. Under FAM’s programmes, three national junior teams namely the Under-23, Under-19 and Under-16 squads created history when they advanced to the final round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) championships and were placed among the elite group in Asia.


At the ceremony, SAM also honoured Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaafar for his contributions to the development of sports in the country.

100PLUS has been a proud advocate of sports development and active lifestyle in Malaysia, and has been the main sponsor of this award since 2006.

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