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Children from Three Homes have a Ball at F&N Christmas Carnival

posted 14 Dec 2016, 22:29 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 14 Dec 2016, 22:50 ]


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.

Protein Goodness in Every Drop With New F&N Nutrisoy Fresh

posted 7 Dec 2016, 18:22 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 7 Dec 2016, 18:23 ]



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.

Quick Storage Tips! 
  • Keep me fresh below 4°C 
  • Place me inside the shelf at lower rack 
  • Consume me within 3 days of opening 

For more information, stay connected with us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NutriSoy.MY/



New Sleek Cans for F&N SEASONS Tea

posted 5 Dec 2016, 23:00 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 5 Dec 2016, 23:02 ]


In November, F&N SEASONS Tea launched its very own sleek cans for all its product range. Flaunting a slender silhouette and unique shape, the taller and slimmer can is certainly an attention grabber on the shelves. What's more it's easy to hold and fits conveniently in small compartments.

In conjunction with the launch, F&N SEASONS Tea has collaborated with Hot FM DJs for its F&N Seasons JANJI LEPAK Bersama GENG PAGI HOT & JAM HOT  campaign. Please visit F&N SEASONS Facebook page here for more information 







Shaping a Better Tomorrow Through Education

posted 5 Dec 2016, 22:59 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 5 Dec 2016, 22:59 ]


Bandar Kinrara, Puchong - Overcoming educational disadvantages is challenging, especially in the small communities where families face difficulties with just barely enough of the necessities for every day living.

While cognisant of their situation, 12-year-old twin sisters Durgavaiishnavi and Durrgalakshmi har-bour dreams of becoming doctors and are taking baby steps towards realising their ambition, thanks to the tuition aid under the F&N Empowering Lives Through Education (E.L.I.T.E) programme.

“The biggest frustration is that it is challenging for us to receive assistance, in the form of free tuition. Now with the E.L.I.T.E I know that there one hurdle less,” said Durgavaiishnavi who has been receiving tuition assistance from an education centre in Pangsapuri Enggang established by the Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation (KCHF), a beneficiary of the F&N E.L.I.T.E. programme, together with her twin sister over the last five years.

“The teachers at the centre are always there to guide me through some of our subjects and provide us with the confidence during the examinations. Though, still a long way, I know that my sister and I are making progress,” said Durgavaiishnavi who recently completed her UPSR examination and is excited about pursuing her education further.

Taking centre stage at the recent F&N E.L.I.T.E. Graduation Ceremony 2016, Durgavaiishnavi recit-ed a self-written thank you poem in fluent English to express her gratitude for the continuous support by F&N Holdings and KCHF.

Durgavaiishnavi and 29 of her peers showcased what they have learned at KCHF’s education pro-grams with confidence through performances including cultural dances, poetry recitals and songs.

Also standing tall at the graduation ceremony were proud parents, guardians and respective family members who witnessed their children successfully surpassing yet another milestone in preparation to move on to new challenges.

The F&N E.L.I.T.E. programme was established to offer underprivileged children a fair start in ob-taining the basic foundation to learning and assisting them in taking learning to the next level, by empowering these children and their families to rise above their conditions and strive for a better future.

Through the programme, F&N Dairies provides financial assistance for the upkeep of KCHF’s Pangsapuri Enggang tuition centre and food aid in the form of F&N milk products. An e-Learning Centre was set up by the Company last year to provide basic computer literacy for the children. Beyond celebrating the children’s success, the graduation ceremony was aimed at creating aware-ness about the importance and the need for guided early learning as well as encouraging children to aim higher in their education journeys. According to Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager of F&N Holdings Bhd, education is not only for the privileged few but the right of all children whether rich or poor.

“Every child deserves a fair chance in life and that begins with an opportunity to learn. As guardians of our children’s future, we believe by giving every child a fair chance to learn, we give them tools to build a better world for themselves and their children.

“Hence, it is our goal to provide a safe learning environment for children to enable them to reach their full potential, help them build confidence to create opportunities and ultimately empowering them to take control of their own fate.

“We are honoured to be working with the Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation in their generous efforts to eradicate poverty and provide equal opportunities and access to education for all children,” added Goh.

Forty-three-year-old Noorsiyah binti Zarkoni has much to be grateful for with the establishment of the centre and was thankful that her two children were not denied an opportunity to gain knowledge.

“I have seen a huge improvement in my sons’ language proficiency in just five months and I am so proud of them. I hope that this kind of educational assistance will become a gateway to a better life for the younger generation,” said Noorsiyah.

Ms Miliee Kassim, executive director Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation, thanked F&N for its sup-port over the years that enabled them to provide such learning opportunities to underprivileged chil-dren. To-date, F&N has invested over RM360,000 in the F&N E.L.I.T.E programme, benefitting over 300 children.

Officially established in 2006, KCHF’s Pangsapuri Enggang education centre is housed in two shop-lots and lies amongst eateries and sundry shops within the grounds of the flats. The humble teaching facility currently has an enrolment of 35 students of all ages, from pre-schoolers to secondary school children. The teaching or volunteer staff are mostly the residents themselves, many with their own children enrolled at the centre.

'Fraser & Neave Bursary' Contribution Towards Rotary Club Scholarship Scheme

posted 15 Nov 2016, 21:33 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 15 Nov 2016, 21:35 ]


14 November 2016, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (FNHB) and Rotary Club of Pudu (PRC) signed an MOU today for the ‘Fraser & Neave Bursary’, an annual bursary amounting to RM5,000 for 10 years under the Rotary Club scholarship scheme. The bursary will be awarded to deserving post-graduate Malaysian students in Food Tech and related disciplines consistent with F&N’s core business.

The signing ceremony was represented by FNHB Chairman, Y.A.M. Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail and PRC President, Ms. Sandy Soh. Also present to witness the ceremony are Dato’Muslim Ayob, PRC Past President and Tan Sri Soong Siew Hoong, PRC Charter Member.

In his speech, Tengku Syed said, “At F&N, we recognise that education is one of the most effective tools for socioeconomic development.We are privileged to support Pudu Rotary Club through this bursary as we strongly believe that the younger generation can accomplish great things, if they are given the right opportunities.”

Coincidently, Pudu Rotary Club was founded by the late Mr. Douglas Fraser, a former General Manager of Fraser & Neave in 1966.

F&N Lends a Hand to Give Youths New Hope

posted 13 Nov 2016, 21:35 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 13 Nov 2016, 21:36 ]


Youths from different walks of life step into Montfort Boys Town - some from poor, single parenthood families, orphanages while others are academically challenged. No matter what their backgrounds may be, the education institution offers them quality vocational training and for many of them, renewed hope a much needed second chance.

Lending a hand towards this worthy cause, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) established the F&N IT Corner programme in 2010 to help youths of Montfort Boys Town gain an edge in life through the development of essential computer skills.

Since 2011, the F&N IT Corner has also given students the opportunity to undergo a six to eight-month International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certification course. Offered to final-year students, the course offers participants the knowledge and competencies necessary to use a computer and common computer applications. This includes managing files, word processing, developing spreadsheets, database and presentations, as well as information and communication functions.

The internationally-recognised computer literacy certification is supported by governments, international organisations and corporations globally, thus giving students an upper hand when seeking employment. To date, over 300 students have benefitted from the ICDL programme.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony recently, Ms Cariessa Goh, F&NHB Corporate Affairs Manager congratulated 47 students for successfully completing the ICDL programme.

“We are privileged to work alongside Montfort Boys Town and support their cause to empower youths with the confidence to lead successful and positive lives. We believe that these students can go far if they are given the right opportunities in life. Through the ICDL programme, we hope to equip them with essential ICT skills and boost their opportunities to gain good employment in the future,” she said.

Life seemed down for 19-year-old Kok Chee Yang after receiving poor results in his SPM examinations. But that did not deter him from pursuing further education. He has excelled at Montfort and hopes to live out his dreams as an animator in the future.

“The ICDL programme was quite a challenge for me as we had to learn an extensive list of functions while I only had a basic understanding of computer applications. I’m proud to have completed the programme as these skills will come to good use when I enter the workforce,” said Kok, who is currently pursuing a course in Graphic Design and Multimedia.

Langkawi-born Krisha Nala has big dreams for herself. Krisha’s father, an estate supervisor is the sole breadwinner of the family. Upon graduating, Krisha, the eldest of three siblings, hopes to support the family by finding a good job abroad.

“I want to be a software engineer someday. Hence, the ICDL programme was a right fit for me. I certainly enjoyed the programme as it was very interesting. Just like my peers, my dream is to make my family proud. I want to exceed expectations and be the first in my family to find good employment oversees,” said the 20-year-old who is also a head prefect at Montfort.

At the ceremony, volunteers from the Contact Centre Association of Malaysia (CCAM) were also present to talk to students about the wide-ranging career opportunities within the contact centre industry.

“Contact or call centre jobs are often misconceived as low-paying and those that do not offer much future. This is not the case. In fact, there are great opportunities to grow your career in this field. Our offices also offer a great environment to learn and grow, with the latest technology and on-going training. With hard work and dedication, our agents earn lucrative salaries, comparable to those in other professional fields,” said Ms Yvonne Ng Lay Kim, Deputy President of CCAM.

“We are constantly looking at possibilities to expand the ICDL programme and this year, we were excited to have with us representatives from CCAM. They briefed the students on an endless list of career opportunities in the contact centre industry which they could apply with their ICDL qualifications. Moving forward, we hope to bring in more professional experts to provide guidance especially in terms of seeking good employment,” said Ms Cariessa.

F&NHB has invested over RM260,000 to date in three F&N IT Corners at Montfort Town to equip the centres with the necessary computer equipment, printers, projectors, internet access, as well as funding to conduct the ICDL programme.

Creative Young Recyclers Achieve Over 1 Million KG in Recyclables Through F&N-MBSA Campaign

posted 9 Nov 2016, 22:37 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 9 Nov 2016, 22:38 ]


The old adage, ‘one man's trash is another man's treasure’, certainly rings true as one steps into SMK Seksyen 16. The school’s garden has been transformed into a breathtaking sight thanks to hundreds of recyclables which fill every nook and corner.

“We’ve tried to recycle almost anything and transform it into something beautiful. Broken frying pans are painted into colourful turtles, bottle caps are used to line paths and we even have a giant snake made out of old tyres. We also worked together to complete a greenhouse which was constructed out of recyclables,” explained 16-year-old Muhammad Aidil Solehin excitedly.

The secondary school’s creative use of recycled materials was recently recognised at this year’s Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBSA which has recorded an outstanding 1.07 million kg of recyclables since the campaign began in 2007.

The school-level recycling campaign, organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) and Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA), is advocating the need to start education on the importance of recycling and the environment in schools.

The 10-year recycling initiative empowers schools to take a proactive approach to promote environment preservation and imbue the 5R philosophy; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Recreate, beyond classroom lessons.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, Ms Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager, F&NHB commended schools for their tremendous effort in this year’s recycling competition.

“We are extremely proud to mark a new milestone in our campaign by surpassing a million kg in recyclables in our 10th year. This year the total collection has also risen to 121,321.20 kg. The children continue to do us proud and are proof that the younger generation is capable of so much more. Through the campaign, we hope to do our bit to nurture children into future environmental stewards,” she said.

The five-month campaign which ended on September 21, 2016, saw a participation of 36 schools comprising five kindergartens, 16 primary schools and 15 secondary schools and total collection of 121,321.20 kg of recyclables.

Organised hand-in-hand with the Selangor Education Department and Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., the Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBSA required schools to collect the largest haul of recyclables, such as aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper and Tetra Pak materials, to win rewards. Three special awards were also up for grabs for schools with the highest accumulated aluminum, plastic and Tetra Pak materials collected.

Pra Sekolah SK Seksyen 20 retained its crown for the second consecutive year, collecting 4,096kg in recyclables. Meanwhile, Tadika Harmonika and Tadika Seri Kurnia earned the second and third placing with a collection of 2,158.2kg and 1,514.7kg of recyclables respectively. 



SJK (C) Chung Hua was the clear winner in the primary school category, collecting an exceptional 15,304.3kg of recyclables and beating its peers by a large margin. Trailing behind were first runner up SK Alam Megah (3) with 7,400.4kg and second runner up SK TTDI Jaya with 4,911.0 kg. 

      

In the secondary school category, two-time winner SMK Bukit Jelutong claimed the top spot yet again with 10,826.6kg of recyclables collected. Not too far behind was SMK Seksyen 7 with 8,812.4kg and SMK Seksyen 18 with 6,890.2kg, winning the second and third spot respectively. 

 Primary school champion, SJK (C) Chung Hua promotes a zero waste culture among its students. In fact, classes do not use dustbins but instead only have boxes to collect recyclables.

“At our school, children learn from an early age the importance of recycling and avoiding waste. We have also set up a programme which rewards students for their recycling effort, individually as well as through their classes. The students earn larger rewards as their recycling efforts increase,” said Ms Ong Shu Zhen, a teacher at SJK (C) Chung Hua.

According to SMK Bukit Jelutong teacher, En Azka Zihni bin Mohammad Azhar, recycling is an anchor programme at the school. Students are involved in various activities to encourage the good habit throughout the year.

“We also get our community involved and even go door to door to collect recyclables. The response has been great and some residents even contact us every now and then when they have more recyclables to give away,” said 16-year-old Cheng Shermayne of SMK Bukit Jelutong’s Nature Lover’s Club.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the campaign, an additional award was also given out to primary and secondary schools with the best and most creative Recycling Corners. Winners, SK Seksyen Enam and SMK Seksyen 16 were rewarded handsomely with RM1,000 cash prize each for their creative use of recyclables.

SK Seksyen Enam teacher and recycling coordinator, En Rohaizad Abdul Rahim was excited to participate in this unique category. Bridging their role as a FrogAsia hub school, a YTL foundation initiative to provide ’21 century classrooms’, and a top recycling school, SK Seksyen Enam’s Laman Bestari garden was filled with robots made from old computers and other colourful figurines made from electrical wires and even mineral water containers.

“Apart from the Laman Bestari, we decided to take our recycling programme online this year and organised a recycling quiz through our FrogAsia site. The response was amazing. The children were enthusiastic to participate with some even taking the quiz while at home,” he added.

“We want to help schools realise that environmental awareness and recycling should be instilled at an early age. Education is pivotal in raising awareness of environmental challenges and shaping positive attitudes that can truly make a difference. Together with our partners, we hope to expand this green initiative and inculcate a recycling culture among children,” said Cariessa.

This year’s campaign saw a total of RM24,900 worth of cash prizes rewarded to winners.

The Shah Alam Mayor, Dato’ Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad handed out prizes alongside Ms Cariessa Goh to representatives from winning schools.

For the total list of winners, please refer to Appendix A.

F&N Delivers Solid Performance for FY2015/2016

posted 2 Nov 2016, 22:05 by Karen Tan Chui Chui   [ updated 6 Nov 2016, 22:53 by iConnect@ F&N ]


Capitalises on Favourable Commodity Prices to Build Capability for Future Growth 

  • Continues growth trajectory with RM4.17 billion in Group revenue, up by 1.5 per cent 

  • Profit before tax surged 32.7 per cent on the back of favorable milk-based global commodity prices and manufacturing efficiencies 

  • Recommends final dividend of 30.5 sen per share amounting to payout of RM111.8 million 

  • Streamlines and simplifies operating and distribution model through commercial realignment to harness combined strengths

  • Additional capex of RM70 million for its mineral water plant expansion in Bentong, and PET line automation in Shah Alam

  • Additional capex of RM70 million for its mineral water plant expansion in Bentong, and PET line automation in Shah Alam



FULL YEAR 2015/2016 PERFORMANCE

Financial Highlights

Full Year 2015/2016

Full Year 2014/2015

Change

%

Revenue (RM billion)

4.17

4.11*

1.5

Profit before tax (RM million)

442.9

333.8

32.7

Profit after tax (RM million)

385.4

280.1

37.6

Basic earnings per share (sen)

105.3

76.5

37.6

    *restated to conform with current year’s presentation

Kuala Lumpur, 3 November 2016 : Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (“F&NHB” or “the Group”) maintained its year-on-year growth despite challenging market conditions, growing revenue by 1.5 per cent to RM4.17 billion from RM4.11 billion recorded in the previous financial year.

The Group’s profit before tax surged 32.7 per cent to RM442.9 million on the back of lower milk-based commodity cost and manufacturing efficiencies.

For the last quarter ended September 30, 2016, the Group reported revenue of RM976.5 million, 4.2 per cent lower, from RM1,019.2 million in the corresponding quarter last year mainly due to revenue from the Hari Raya festivities being recorded in the previous quarter. Profit before tax fell 23.7 per cent to RM51.7 million on the back of soft market conditions and one-off restructuring expenses.

Commenting on the Company’s full year results for the year ended September 30, 2016, F&NHB Chairman Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail expressed satisfaction, highlighting the growth in revenue and 32.7 per cent jump in profit before tax.

“The last 12 months of the financial year 2015/2016 has been challenging due to the overhanging negative sentiments with regard to the Malaysian economy from the business as well as the consumer community. In spite of the dip in the threshold of confidence, the Group performed credibly and delivered solid results. We are confident of enhancing our equity and particularly, the sustainability of our business with the implementation of our realignment programme,” he added.

F&B Malaysia was impacted by softer consumer sentiment. Revenue declined marginally while operating profit was correspondingly lower. Excluding the absence of contribution from Red Bull, operating profit grew by 11.8 per cent aided by a favourable product portfolio mix and margin contribution, favourable milk-based global commodity prices and realisation of manufacturing efficiencies. This was offset by higher professional fees incurred for the commercial realignment, higher warehousing costs and staff restructuring costs.

During the period under review, the Group’s isotonic and carbonated soft drink brands, in particular 100PLUS, est Cola and F&N Fun Flavours registered year-on-year growth from increased focus on sales, distribution and branding efforts, supported by effective trade and consumer promotions and campaigns. Its dairies brands have also maintained their market leadership from continuing effective sales and marketing efforts, along with new introductions like F&N Magnolia UHT and F&N Magnolia Barista.

F&B Thailand reported another stellar performance, posting a robust revenue growth of 8.5 per cent to RM1,639.2 million on the back of strong consumer response to its 9th Anniversary Celebration campaign, new product launches and year-on-year growth of its major brands. This was propelled by effective branding and consumer trade programs. Magnolia Ginkgo Plus has been very well received, achieving three per cent of the UHT Milk market share within the first year of its introduction. Operating profit jumped substantially by 79.7 per cent to RM199.5 million on higher revenue, better product margin contributions and effective advertising. 
 

TRANSFORMING FOR FUTURE GROWTH

F&NHB is priming itself for the future with a steady pipe line of investments and initiatives to enhance its sustainability and take its growth trajectory to the next level.

Strategic initiatives include the realignment exercise to harmonise and optimise the Group’s beverage and dairies operations throughout Malaysia. The commercial realignment which began in October 2016 and scheduled for completion in FY2016/2017, is expected to boost sales volume and improve efficiency through a new distribution strategy.

“The favorable commodity prices gave us the window of opportunity to invest in a major transformation for F&NHB. Throughout FY2015/2016, we conducted various initiatives to boost our sustainability and plan for the future needs of the Group,” said Lim Yew Hoe, F&NHB’s chief executive officer at an analysts and media briefing in conjunction with the review of the Group’s full year financial results.

The Group’s latest capex of RM70 million will include a new 600 bpm water line, expansion of the warehouse, production building and infrastructure at its mineral water plant in Bentong, and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) line automation in its Shah Alam plant. The state-of-the-art line will significantly reduce the Group’s soft drinks manufacturing facilities’ carbon footprint as well as pre-bottling storage as the bottles will be blown and formed in-situ on the production line. The projects are estimated to be completed within the next nine months.

With these new projects, F&NHB’s total estimated capex from FY2015/2016 has increased to over RM300 million said Lim. 
 

EXPORT

During the year under review, the Group achieved strong double-digit growth in its export business with a 17 per cent increase in sales. This is in line with the Group’s renewed focus on exports. 
 

PROSPECTS


Commenting on prospects for the current financial year ending September 30, 2017, Lim said, “In the immediate term, the softer domestic and global economic environment and escalating commodity prices do pose a challenge to sustain the pace of growth. In the longer term, the various transformation initiatives will put the Group on a stronger platform for sustainable growth in both revenue and profit.”

“Accordingly, the Group will remain vigilant and respond to changing market dynamics while proactively focus on formulating appropriate measures to maintain its competitive position.

Our transformation journey continues as we look to further strengthen our capabilities and streamline our operations to build the F&N of tomorrow – a lean, sustainable and efficient corporation,” Lim added.

In line with the Group’s performance, the Board of Directors is recommending a final dividend of 30.5 sen per share amounting to RM111.8 million for approval by shareholders at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the Company. If approved, the total dividend for FY2015/2016 would amount to 57.5 sen per share (FY2014/2015: 57.5 sen per share).

Orphans Graduate From Leadership Program with Flying Colours

posted 31 Oct 2016, 19:06 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 31 Oct 2016, 19:07 ]


Forty-four boys from Rumah Ilham now understand what it takes to be capable young leaders thanks to a leadership program organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd and Leadernomics.

The children recently received their certificates after completing The Rumah Ilham Leaderonomic Club Y2 program 2016, which comprise of 30-hour sessions on the importance of diligence, being responsible, building confidence, strategic thinking, planning and effective execution of projects.

The children, most of whom are from disadvantaged families and have tough childhoods, overcame their circumstances and have become inspirational to those around them. Most recently, the children took up the challenge to organise a motivational project at the Masjid Al-Hidayah Sungai Penchala. The project was held successfully and received the praises of Masjid Al-HIdayah committee members. The committee members were also pleased that the youths from their community were given the privilege to learn from the children of Rumah Ilham.

“I am extremely proud of the kids from Rumah Ilham who have shown interest and have dedicated their time on this project. We are pleased to say that we have identified several potential leaders among the children. Through this program, we hope they will continue to build on the skills they have learnt even upon leaving the home and starting their tertiary education”, said Cariessa Goh, Manager, Corporate Affairs of F&N Holdings Berhad.

“It is really rewarding to see the kids gain confidence in themselves and open up to us during the time spent together. We have watched them grow and are proud to be part of their development journey,” said Ms Cariessa as she gave out the certificates to the children. 

From L-R : Indra Marzuke–The Most Humorous Guy, Muhammad Amirul–The Most Transformer Guy, Mohammad Firdaus–The Most Hardworking Guy, Surya Agong–The Most Influential Guy, Muhammad Aiman– The Most Courageous Guy

Datuk Haji Hassanuddin Bin Ali, founder of Rumah Ilham was delighted with the progress of the children and was grateful to F&N for assisting the home since 2009 with the F&N Sudut Iqra library contribution and thereafter, the Leadership Program.

“I have witnessed a huge development in the children since the start of the Leadership Program and I am glad that the skills learnt will be passed down to the younger children through the examples of their older ‘brothers’. Hence, we are assured that there will be a succession of potential leaders who will continue to guide the younger ones in Rumah Ilham," he said.

The kids were treated to a sumptuous dinner at Rebung Restaurant, followed by the much-awaited graduation ceremony.

Orphans Get New Clothes For Deepavali

posted 19 Oct 2016, 22:44 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 19 Oct 2016, 22:45 ]


Klang (15 October 2016) - For 13-year-old Mathawan Ragawan and 12-year-old Sunderi Mohan, their normal day begins bright and early at 5am as the two and 35 others from Sri Sai orphanage take turns to get ready, prepare breakfast and complete their chores.

Last Saturday was an exception for the children were treated to a special Deepavali shopping treat at Ajuntha Textiles Klang courtesy of Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB).

The children received the royal treatment as the two-storey store opened its doors early especially to allow the children the first picks of the day. With RM200 each in their pockets, the children excitedly flipped through racks of clothes, choosing outfits in their favourite colours. They also had some help from the kind ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ from F&NHB.

The children; mostly abandoned and from underprivileged families, excitedly anticipated the day trip as they do not get many opportunities to go shopping, let alone choose their very own outfits.

“Deepavali is a special time for Hindus around the world. It is also a time for us to remember the less fortunate around us, and to bring light into their lives. It has been six years since we began our Deepavali Shopping programme and each year, we look forward to seeing the bright and beaming smiles on the faces of the kids as they pick out their very own outfits. We hope this simple gesture will add to their revelry come Deepavali,” said Ms Cariessa Goh, F&NHB Corporate Affairs Manager.


Mathawan was happy with his pick - an orange jippa - which was adorned beautifully with patterns. “I look forward to Deepavali each year, more so now with the new clothes we just received. I can’t wait to go house visiting, attending celebrations and especially, having my favourite, Achu Murukku!” said the aspiring policeman.

Sunderi’s eyes were fixed on the brightly-coloured lenghas and sequined sarees as she stepped into the Indian-costume haven. “They were all so beautiful. Although I didn’t buy them, I’m happy with my pick; two purple Punjabi suits,” she exclaimed.

Though having stayed at Sri Sai for only three years, Sunderi says the children and caretakers have become her family. “Living with 36 other ‘siblings’ is fun though the boys can be naughty at times. We do a lot of things together especially during Deepavali like visiting the temple, kolam making and even playing fire crackers!” said Sunderi, who hopes to be a doctor when she grows up.

For Sugumaran Mohan, shopping with the volunteers from F&NHB was truly a different experience. “I enjoyed shopping with F&N. The ‘abang’ was a great help and picked out a red vesti and purple trousers which fit me very well,” said the 11-year-old.

The fun-filled day ended with a scrumptious vegetarian lunch at Chat Masala before the children headed back home with their respective shopping bags as well as gifts from Ajuntha Textiles.

“We had fun helping the children pick out their clothes and at the same time, getting to know them better. We are glad to have helped make this festive season a joyous one for the children. I’d like to thank Ajuntha Textiles for their generous contribution to the children and specifically, store manager Mr Rajan for working hand-in-hand with us to make this event a success,” said Cariessa.

Home Coordinator, Madam Rameswary Rahvee expressed her appreciation to F&NHB for gifting the children with new clothes and giving them something to look forward to this Deepavali.

Although stricken by illness, Madam Rameswary felt a strong desire to help the less fortunate and decided to open the Sri Sai Home seven years ago. The home currently serves as a shelter for abandoned children and those from disadvantaged families. The home takes care of their education up to SPM level while offering a healthy environment to nurture positive growth. Apart from children, the home also cares for the homeless, disabled and senior citizens.

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