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F&N to Maximise Growth Opportunities upon Completion of Business Transformation Programme

posted 7 Nov 2017, 21:42 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 04:47 ]

Strong F&B Malaysia export performance reflects Group’s progress in achieving RM500 million goal in export sales from Malaysia by 2020

  • Robust export revenue help to mitigate impact from lower Food & Beverages Malaysia domestic revenue
  • Food and Beverages Thailand delivers positive gains in revenue with double digit growth in operating profit
  • Group profit before tax impacted by higher input and restructuring costs. On comparable basis, profit before tax excluding one-off items is lower by 2.3%
  • Business transformation programme enables F&NHB to be lean and sustainable in the long-term to drive revenue, profitability, efficiency and agility
  • Recommends final dividend of 30.5 sen per share (2016: 30.5 sen) amounting to payout of RM111.8 million

FULL YEAR 2016/2017 PERFORMANCE

Financial Highlights

Full Year 2016/2017

Full Year 2015/2016

Change

Revenue (RM billion)

4.10

4.17

-1.6%

Operating profit (RM million)

345.1

433.4

-20.4%

Operating profit (RM million) *

397.8

406.6

-2.2%

Profit before tax (RM million)

353.7

442.9

-20.1%

Profit before tax (RM million) *

406.4

416.2

-2.3%

Profit after tax (RM million)

323.3

385.4

-16.1%

Basic earnings per share (sen)

88.3

105.3

-17 sen

*Excluding one-off items

Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd’s (“F&NHB” or “the Group”) revenue for the financial year ended 30 September 2017 eased 1.6 per cent to RM4.10 billion from RM4.17 billion in the corresponding period last year due to soft consumer sentiment and intense competition faced by its Malaysian operations.

The Group’s profit before tax contracted 20.1 per cent to RM353.7 million from RM442.9 million while profit after tax decreased to RM323.3 million from RM385.4 million for the financial year under review, impacted by higher input and restructuring costs. Excluding one-off items, F&NHB’s profit before tax is marginally lower at RM406.4 million, a 2.3 per cent decrease from RM416.2 million last year.

Commenting on the Group’s results, F&NHB Chairman Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail said they mirrored the Group’s resilience, benefitting from diversity in geographical contributions and product categories.

“Our robust exports performance showcases the Group’s growing business outside Malaysia. Amidst the backdrop of a challenging economic and market landscape in Malaysia, our substantial investments in accelerating the export business into a key revenue pillar for the Group have proven to be significantly profitable and well-timed. We are confident that the transformation programme will maximise growth opportunities and create more shareholder value in the future”, said Tengku Syed Badarudin.


BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

In its effort to deliver long-term growth and profitability, F&NHB had embarked on a business transformation programme in October 2015 to accelerate the Group’s transition into a leaner, stronger and more sustainable organisation.

“During the year in review, we drove the Group’s efficiency and effectiveness by focusing on executing major structural changes in our Malaysia operations that will enhance our productivity, operational and cost efficiency. This involved various initiatives across the organisation as well as our distribution network.” said F&NHB Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lim Yew Hoe.

“Today, F&NHB has a significantly lower cost structure and more efficient systems and processes compared to when we first embarked on the transformation journey. Essentially, we have strengthened F&NHB at a fundamental level to be more competitive with greater capacity to meet external challenges.” Lim added.

Meanwhile, Mr. Lim said that the Group had expected the short-term impact of such a large-scale transformation exercise on its financial performance. “Given this period of consolidation, the results are within our expectations as it reflects the exceptional environment we were operating in. 

“In executing the transformation, we remained disciplined and focused, unwavering in our drive to build long-term sustainability without being distracted by the incessant price competition domestically.”

“We take the same approach in our brand-building, and continue to develop long-term brand affinity through meaningful collaborations that will augur well for the future, such as how 100PLUS was the Official Isotonic Beverage of the 29th SEA Games.” Lim added.


SEGMENTAL PERFORMANCE

Impacted by continuing weak consumer sentiment and intense pricing pressure in the market, Food & Beverages Malaysia (F&B Malaysia) reported 8.2 per cent decline in revenue for the financial year ended September 30, 2017 to RM2,318.8 million from RM2,527.2 million.

F&B Malaysia’s operating profit declined by 44.8 per cent to RM120.7 million for the financial year under review. Excluding one-off items, F&B Malaysia operating profit declined by 21.7 per cent to RM169.6 million from RM216.5 million last financial year. This was attributed to lower revenue and higher input costs, especially sugar and partly offset by lower discounts, advertising and promotions spending, and overheads. 

Despite cautious consumer spending and intensified competition, F&B Malaysia remained steadfast in marketing and branding initiatives across a wide platform to successfully reach its consumers with the right product at the right occasion.  This year, 100PLUS, OISHI, F&N SEASONS and F&N NUTRISOY maintained leading positions in their respective categories in Malaysia while F&N’s stable of dairy products (F&N, GOLD COIN, TEAPOT, CARNATION, CAP JUNJUNG and IDEAL) reinforced its undisputed leadership in the Condensed and Evaporated Milk segment.

Meanwhile, Food & Beverages Thailand (F&B Thailand) registered 8.7 per cent higher revenue to RM1,781.5 million for the financial year ended September 30, 2017 compared to last financial year, mainly aided by favourable Ringgit Malaysia/Thai Baht translation, double-digit growth in the Indochina market and successful launches of two new BEAR BRAND variants (BEAR BRAND Sterilised Milk High Folate and BEAR BRAND GOLD Goji Berry) and TEAPOT Tube. Bear Brand and Carnation maintained its No. 1 position in their respective categories while effective marketing and trade activities helped TEAPOT to double its market share in the Sweetened Beverage Creamer category compared to the previous year.

F&B Thailand’s operating profit rose 14.3 per cent to RM228.0 million from RM199.5 million last year on the back of favourable input and packaging costs, and lower advertising and promotions spending. Excluding one-off items, operating profit grew by 21.8 per cent to RM232.8 million.

F&B Malaysia export business has recorded accelerated growth of double digit every year since the Group embarked on its business transformation program, exemplifying the Group’s relentless commitment toward meeting its RM500 million target by 2020.

Mr. Lim said the Group’s strategic approach in customising its product offerings enabled it to satisfy specific customer needs while the expansion of its product portfolio offered additional export opportunities.

“Besides expanding our reach in overseas markets, particularly leveraging our halal hub status to make forays into Muslim countries, today we are also focused on opportunities to add value and partnering with our customers to develop new and innovative product applications.” said Mr. Lim.

Coupled with exports from Thailand, the export business now accounts for more than 10 per cent of the Group’s total revenue.


PROSPECTS

Commenting on prospects for the financial year ending September 30, 2018, Lim said that the Malaysian business environment is expected to remain challenging, as a result of competitive price pressure and weak consumer demand.

“With the completion of the business transformation exercise in the Malaysian operations, we expect the Group to extract synergies and value from improved organisational efficiency and operational cost savings in the new financial year.”

Management remains cautious about the state of consumer sentiment in Thailand. Nevertheless, management will continue to be vigilant and responsive to changes in the external environment and consumer trends, take necessary action to maintain long term sustainable growth and continuously grow the export pillar.” Lim added.

Moving forward, F&NHB will place greater emphasis on innovation and expanding its capabilities and capacity, to drive revenue growth and profitability.

“Our customers’ needs and demands have evolved as today’s society are always on the move and with an increasingly strong leaning towards a healthier lifestyle. Hence, the Group’s R&D is focused on creating innovative product and solutions that remain relevant to our loyal consumers, developed to meet their evolving taste and lifestyle preference.” said Mr. Lim.

During the year under review, F&NHB has launched a new Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) line in its Shah Alam plant and added an Ultra-High processing (UHT) line in its Kuching plant. Some of F&NHB’s capex projects including 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 in its Shah Alam plant are expected to be completed within the next 12 months.

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 the financial year of 2016/2017 would amount to 57.5 sen per share (FY2015/2016: 57.5 sen per share).

Making a Difference in the Life of Orphans

posted 30 Aug 2017, 01:10 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 15 Sep 2017, 01:51 ]


Unlike Doris Day’s 1956 evergreen song Que Sera Sera, which was a much beloved and frequently used response to questions from the young such as What will I be? or What Lies Ahead? today’s teenagers cannot afford a blasé approach and need a real-life plan to not just survive but succeed in the face of an increasingly competitive environment as they transition to adulthood.

The challenges are even greater for children from under privileged communities, including orphanages, in preparing for the future.

As part of the “Making A Difference” project, organized by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) in partnership with Leaderonomics, a social enterprise dedicated to transforming communities through leadership development - a total of 33 children from Sekolah Rendah Agama Serambi and from the community of Masjid Al-Ghurfan in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) were given the opportunity to experience a simulation of real life examples once they leave the home, through what is called the ‘Game of Life’- a course designed for future orphanage graduates.

Much like F&N’s previous projects with Rumah Ilham, which began back in 2015, the purpose of this initiative was to empower the young orphans with the knowledge, tools and skills needed for their independent living and successful integration into mainstream life through mentorship and teaching practical skills.

“We need to help them acquire confidence, speaking and presentation skills, teamwork attributes, planning and execution skills to become good professionals in their career. We also believe these children will teach learned skills to other underprivileged children. The objective of this program was to empower them to take their place in society,” said Ms. Cariessa Goh, F&NHB Corporate Affairs Manager.

To date, F&NHB has invested more than RM90,000 in the program which has benefitted over 40 children from the home. “We built a “Sudut Iqra” library for the children in 2009 and have continued to support the home and the children since then,” said Ms. Goh. “When we asked the children what they would prefer to take up for their program this year, they came up with the ‘Game of Life’ Project, as they wanted to share their experiences and what they have learned throughout this program with other children who have not been as privileged as them,” said Datuk Hj Hassanuddin, Founder of Rumah Ilham.

“F&NHB and I unanimously decided on executing the ‘Game of Life’ simulation offered by Leaderonomics to enable them to face what the realities of the working world has in store for them. We are grateful to F&NHB and Leaderonomics - who are teaching valuable skills to our children and are providing a safe place from the storms of life,” he added.

F&NHB hosted a graduation dinner on the 26th of August 2017 at Rumah Ilham to acknowledge the individual achievements of the children. During the graduation dinner, the children received their participation certificates while five outstanding participants were awarded with the ‘Best Leaders of 2017 Awards’ which consisted of ‘Mr. Humorous Award’, ‘Mr. Influential Award’, ‘Mr. Hardworking Award’, ‘Mr. Courageous Award’ and ‘Mr. Transformer Award’.

Seventeen-year-old Indra Marzuke bin Mohd Yusof who won the ‘Mr. Influential Award’ said the ‘Game of Life’ program gave him the opportunity to step up to the plate and to guide the rest of the participants on the best and effective way in completing a task.

“The program taught me to be more confident and bold in dealing with people and challenging situations. I am very thankful for these lessons in leadership. Without knowing how to face the outside world we won’t get far, we simply won’t be able to survive out there,” he said. Indra will be graduating from the home this year and aims to follow his father’s footsteps by becoming a police officer.

For 15-year-old Muhammad Danish Haikal bin Nordin, winner of the ‘Mr. Transformer Award’, the ‘Game of Life’ course provided practical assistance to the young participants, helping them cope with the outside world. “The program teaches us on building trusting relationships, making wise choices, and understanding life in the world outside our home through meaningful activities. Through the program, I learned to become more independent and to seize any leadership roles that come my way,” said Danish, who’s ambition is to become an architect someday.

Speaking at the dinner, Mr. Victor Wong, Activator Advisor of The Community from Leaderonomics commended the children for their unwavering efforts and commitment in the ‘Game of Life’ program. “The children thoroughly enjoyed the program and they showcased significant improvements in their level of confidence and leadership capabilities,” he said.

​Ms. Goh believes the ‘Game of Life’ managed to achieve F&NHB’s goal of enhancing the children’s self-esteem, creativity, resourcefulness and camaraderie as they worked closely together to complete difficult tasks in the program. “We intend on providing continuous guidance and support to the children. With the skills they have gained thus far, we are confident that they can build a brighter future for themselves,” she said in conclusion.

100PLUS Launches Special Gold-Coloured Cans

posted 28 Aug 2017, 05:45 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 28 Aug 2017, 06:11 ]


Brig Gen Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports, and Y.A.M. Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail, Chairman Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd, unveiled the giant 100PLUS "Kita Juara" gold-coloured can today to celebrate the nation's success at the KL SEA Games. Malaysia claimed its 100th gold medal this afternoon.

The special edition 100PLUS "Kita Juara" gold-coloured can is now available for sale.
#BangkitBersama100PLUS #KitaJuara


100PLUS Can At KL2017 Listed As Biggest Ever In Malaysia Book Of Records

posted 25 Aug 2017, 00:24 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 25 Aug 2017, 00:25 ]


KUALA LUMPUR – Fans of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games and Para Games are in for a massive treat when they make their way to the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. Towering majestically in front of the nation’s iconic sports complex is a giant 100PLUS can and the double-dome building known as Rumah Malaysia.

The 100PLUS can, which has been confirmed as the biggest ever built in the country by the Malaysia Book of Records, has quickly become a popular stop amongst fans. Rumah Malaysia consist two domes – one for 100PLUS and the other for Team Malaysia. Various fun activities and games have been set-up for fans to take part in and have a memorable time.

In addition to the activities, the 100PLUS dome has a viewing area for fans to follow the proceedings of the SEA Games on a giant screen. ‘With enormous numbers attending the many events in the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex resulting in some venues to be jam-packed, fans can drop by Rumah Malaysia to see their heroes in action,’ said 100PLUS Marketing Manager, Leong Wai Yin.

Speaking at the official launch, Wai Yin explained that the overall view of the 100PLUS can and Rumah Malaysia actually resembles the number 100. “We wanted to celebrate the hosting of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 games in a big way. We also wanted to create something memorable for the fans. I believe this will be something fans will talk about for many years to come.” 


Rumah Malaysia and the 100PLUS can were officially launched by Y.A.M. Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail, Chairman Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd, and Mr Lim Yew Hoe, CEO Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd.

Joining in the launch was the victorious gold medal winning Malaysian rugby team, led by its president Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya.

Rousing send-off for 100PLUS Ambassadors

posted 13 Aug 2017, 18:54 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 13 Aug 2017, 18:55 ]


KUALA LUMPUR (13th August 2017) – The national shuttlers competing in the forthcoming BWF World Championships and KL SEA Games took some time off to meet their fans and also watch the Grand Final of the 100PLUS Active All Malaysia Badminton Championship here today.

The atmosphere was thrilling as the fans had the chance to meet the likes of Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Jin Wei, all of whom are 100PLUS Brand Ambassadors. The players are in the final stages of their preparations for the two major meets later this month.

“Datuk Lee and the other players have been working very hard for the World Championships and the KL SEA Games for the past few months. It’s going to be a challenging time for them and they must get all the support possible,” said Ms Leong Wai Yin, Marketing Manager, F&N Beverage Marketing. “Today, we want to wish them all the best before they embark on their challenging mission to bring honour and glory to the country.” 


For the players heading for the World Championships and those staying back for the KL SEA Games, today’s function proved to be a rousing send-off for them. Chong Wei along with doubles aces, V Shem-Wee Kiong will be heading to Glasgow next week while Peng Soon and Jin Wei will remain in the country to battle for gold at the KL SEA Games.

Meanwhile, the Grand Finals of the 100PLUS Active All Malaysia Badminton Championship was held at the Quill Mall in KL this afternoon. The tournament creates a platform for social media players to compete with each other. 100PLUS ACTIVE is the presenting sponsor for this unique event.

In the past two months, three qualifying rounds were staged in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, with over 651 players representing 83 teams vying for cash and prizes amounting to RM100,000.

“This tournament was a great opportunity to unearth talents in the country,” Wai Yin commented.

Team Eagle A defeated Team Big Planet 2-0 in a closely contested final. They pushed themselves to the edge and managed to overcome their final opponents to claim the top purse of RM25,000 while Team Big Planet Travel pocketed RM10,000. The prizes were given away by the national players, which proved to be a bonus for the finalists today.

Upcycling To Turn Waste Into Treasure

posted 10 Aug 2017, 00:51 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 10 Aug 2017, 00:51 ]


8 August 2017- Penang – Wallets, card holders and baskets are just a few useful products that can be made from used recycled packaging. The list should grow even longer with the public’s increasing commitment to ‘upcycling’ as a means to reproduce new handy items using recyclable materials.

As part of their dedication toward generating awareness on the importance of reducing waste to conserve the environment, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB), the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Tetra Pak Malaysia recently organised two upcycling workshops in Penang to encourage the public to transform used packaging into new useful materials.

On August 2, 2017, 29 teachers from 19 schools that have won and participated in the “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBPP” over the past six years were invited to take part in an upcycling workshop, held at Komtar. The workshop was conducted as a way of showing F&NHB, MBPP and Tetra Pak’s appreciation to the schools for their support in the recycling campaign throughout the years. During the workshop, the teachers were taught to make everyday items such as wallets, card holders and baskets from recycled drink carton materials.

Meanwhile, 36 representatives from the Penang Muslim Tamil Association (PERJUANITA), Penang Cheshire Home, D. Home Mental Association, Caring Home Centre (Persatuan Mencegah Mangsa Dera Pulau Pinang), Association of Disabled Persons and Senior Citizens, Community Organisation of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Jalan Sungai and Penang Federal Special Education Secondary School participated in an upcycling workshop organised by F&NHB, MBPP Department of Community Service and Tetra Pak on August 3, 2017. Held at the Penang Youth Centre, the upcycling workshop aimed to teach the participants creative ways of creating new usable products of good quality and aesthetics from recycled drink cartons. 
 

Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager of F&NHB said the Company is constantly reaching out to community members and encouraging them to take ownership of the environment for them to understand how their actions can affect their lives, communities and the future of the planet.

“Upcycling is an innovative way of looking at things differently by seeing the beauty and potential in waste such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. We usually discard old and unwanted items from our homes without realising that with a little bit of imagination, we can convert them to beautiful and usable products. During the workshops, the participants were thrilled with their newly-made objects such as attractive baskets that can be filled with biscuits and cakes or even sold as gift baskets. They were enthusiastic about learning how to make new things from unused recycled products and sharing their new skills and knowledge with others,” said Goh.

“F&N has always been a strong advocate of sustainable ways of living and upcycling is a simple and easy form of conserving our natural resources and reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and our natural surroundings. It is also an excellent way for people to hone their creativity and find value in everything around them while doing their bit for Mother Nature. Hopefully, our effort will inspire society to care for our planet, explore the untapped possibilities of upcycling and create a sustainable future for everyone,” Goh added.

The latest initiatives by F&N complement its annual “Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBPP” that is currently running until August 31, 2017 to educate and instill a recycling culture among school students through fun and creative ways.

Sprinter Khairul lights up Torch Run at F&N HQ

posted 6 Aug 2017, 22:47 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 6 Aug 2017, 22:48 ]


SHAH ALAM (5 August 2017) – Malaysia’s ace sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan joined senior F&N officials and other runners to celebrate the arrival of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Torch Run at the F&N plant in Shah Alam today. Datuk Azhari Bin Dato’ Shaari, Ketua Umno Bahagian Shah Alam, was the Guest-of-Honour who also took part in the run.

Y.A.M. Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail, Chairman Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd, Mr Lim Yew Hoe, CEO Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd, Mr Lai Ming Kong, Senior Vice President, Domestic Commercial Operations, Datuk Azhari and Khairul were among some 600 runners who took part in today’s leg of the Torch Run.

Organised in conjunction with the 29th SEA Games and the 9th ASEAN Para Games, the Torch Run started in Johor in May and has made its way around the country. It is now on its final stretch in the state of Selangor before concluding in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the grand opening of the KL SEA Games on Aug 19.

The Torch Run route in Selangor included a stop at the F&N plant as 100PLUS is a Silver Sponsor of KL2017. 100PLUS, the nation’s No.1 isotonic beverage, will be served to athletes and officials of the games.


“We are delighted to be a part of the KL2017 Torch Run. 100PLUS has actively supported the run as it traversed the entire country including in Sabah and Sarawak,” said Mr Lim Yew Hoe. “As for Khairul, he is a remarkable athlete with a very bright future. What’s amazing about him is his yearning to achieve the best results each time he competes. This is evident from his recent string of successes. This attitude lives up to the ideals of the brand and this is why we decided to sign him. I am confident he will continue to attain more accolades and in the process bring honour and glory to the country.”

Khairul, who recently surpassed Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan’s 49-year-old 200-metre national record, is a potential multiple gold medallist at KL SEA Games later this month. He is the current national 100-metre record-holder. The 19-year-old track star will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m races. 
 

“At KL2017, Khairul and all the athletes will be provided with 100PLUS Active which is a non-carbonated beverage. For the record, 100PLUS Active was launched in conjunction with KL2017 in May at the 100-day Countdown. It will be the ideal drink for the athletes aiming to achieve peak performances in their quest for medals.”

Khairul’s presence today created a lot of excitement amongst the runners and F&N staff. “Everyone was thrilled when they realised Khairul was involved in the run.”

F&N and McDonald's Malaysia Ink Partnership to Serve 100PLUS

posted 3 Jul 2017, 23:34 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 23:35 ]


Kota Damansara - July 4,2017 - F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd and McDonald’s Malaysia today officially launched their partnership which will see Malaysia’s No. 1 ready-to-drink beverage, 100PLUS served in all 261 McDonald’s restaurants throughout Malaysia.

This strategic partnership, two years in the making, follows a four-month trial at 10 McDonald’s outlets in major town centres in Peninsular Malaysia. 100PLUS will also be the first ever F&N product to be served at a quick-service restaurant network in Malaysia.

Fraser & Neave Ltd senior vice president of group marketing non-alcoholic beverages, Khalid Alvi hailed the launch of the partnership which will give millions of McDonald’s customers a choice of one of Malaysia’s most iconic and pervasive brands.

“Since its launch some 35 years ago in conjunction with F&N’s Centenary Celebrations, 100PLUS has evolved from initially being a sports beverage with proven isotonic qualities to rehydrate and refresh to become the most popular choice of ready-to-drink beverage among Malaysians.

“The recent accreditation of 100PLUS original as a Healthier Choice beverage in conjunction with the Ministry of Health’s Healthier Choice campaign enables us to deepen and widen our reach with all segments of the Malaysian population.

“This is indeed another landmark for 100PLUS and we look forward to a long and mutually successful partnership with McDonald’s Malaysia, in providing its customers more choices within its existing portfolio of beverages,” added Alvi at the launch ceremony at McDonald’s Kota Damansara here.

McDonald’s Malaysia managing director and operating partner, Azmir Jaafar welcomed the marketing partnership with F&N as a win-win proposition and in offering 100PLUS as a choice within its extensive portfolio of beverage offerings to over 160 million Malaysian customers who patronise its restaurants annually.

“At McDonald’s, we focus on listening intensely to our customers and we constantly look at evolving our menu to meet their needs, as reflected in the introduction of 100PLUS,” he said.

“100PLUS’ evolution as an isotonic drink and ready-to-drink beverage needs no further affirmation and our decision to partner F&N is a strategic one to expand our range of beverage offerings in meeting the tastes and preferences of our consumers,” Azmir added.

Fraser & Neave Holdings Berhad chief executive officer, Lim Yew Hoe who was also present at the launch expressed excitement and optimism for the “win-win” partnership.

Alvi said F&N and McDonald’s Malaysia’s status as official isotonic drink and official restaurant respectively for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games will leverage the partnership to introduce a ‘special’ offering at the Games.

‘Be Together, Be Refreshed’ Campaign

posted 20 Jun 2017, 19:39 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 5 Jul 2017, 02:30 ]


Kuala Lumpur, KL – June 14, 2017 - F&N SEASONS, Malaysia No.1 RTD Tea beverage recently embarked on a new campaign, ‘Be Together, Be Refreshed’. Through this campaign, F&N SEASONS firmly believes that ‘Every SEASONS is better with friends’. So, when it comes to having great time with friends and great tasting flavors with natural anti-oxidants of tea you can always count on F&N SEASONS. F&N SEASONS will always be there to enlighten and spice your moments at every stage of life.

Adelene Tay, F&N SEASONS Senior Brand Manager said “Today most consumers look for authenticity and relevancy. Being able to speak and listen to your consumers would be essential to ensure a long-lasting relationship between a brand and its target audience hence the audacious move to land Fattah Amin as F&N SEASONS brand ambassador.” Fattah Amin is no stranger to the Malaysia entertainment scene and is regarded as one of the hottest celebrity in this era. Being in numerous successful notable dramas and movies, winning numerous prestigious awards, a singer, entrepreneur and many more is no easy tasks to emulate. Fattah Amin serves as a role model to many aspiring people out there, that through perseverance and setting an attainable goal we can achieve this dream together.

F&N SEASONS's first event collaboration with Fattah Amin was on June 14,2017. Through F&N SEASONS digital contest initiative, fans will have the opportunity to a meet-and-greet and 'berbuka puasa' session with Fattah Amin.

Prior to Fattah Amin’s arrival at 6pm, fans eagerly waited for his arrival. Despite the hour jam, this did not hinder Fattah Amin’s arrival at Nu Sentral Concourse Centre court to engage with his fans. To kick-start the event, Fattah Amin demonstrated F&N SEASONS latest beverage concoction which was easily made with F&N SEASONS beverages and a few easily available ingredients. Both F&N SEASONS beverages concoction, #TumYumxTehLemonAis and #LaicixTehPicAis were made on the spot and they were poured into mason jars sealed and signed by Fattah Amin. ​A quiz session was conducted to choose 5 lucky fans, where they could win the precious sealed F&N SEASONS beverages concoction alongside with F&N SEASONS goody bags. After the F&N SEASONS beverages concoction demonstration, selected fans chosen by Fattah Amin also participated in the ‘F&N SEASONS cans stacking challenge’. This challenge required participants to stack the cans as high as possible. All participants could keep and take home all the stacked F&N SEASONS cans and they were also given a goody bag each courtesy of F&N SEASONS. Fans were then treated to a Q&A session to know Fattah Amin on a more personal level and the meet-and-greet session ended with a ‘wefie’ of Fattah Amin with his fans at Nu Sentral Concourse Centre Court.

Winning fans of the F&N SEASONS digital contest joined Fatah Amin at our ‘berbuka puasa’ session at Melur & Thyme. Jauhar Munir, First Vice President, Brand Marketing (Segment) from F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd, Pranav Jha, Director Client Leadership from M/Six and Liza Ilias from Wake The Baby Record were also present at the ‘berbuka puasa’ session.

Through our partnership with Fattah Amin, F&N SEASONS hopes that our range of RTD Tea Beverages will be the preferred choice of beverage during the holy month of Ramadhan and will stay relevant in the mind of our target audiences. F&N SEASONS hopes to provide our consumers with a refreshing experience through our RTD Tea that is infused with great taste and natural anti-oxidant. For fans who missed out on the opportunity to meet Fattah Amin, you can look forward to another chance to catch him on July 9, 2017. Stay tuned to F&N SEASONS Malaysia Facebook page or fnnseasonsmalaysia Instagram page for more information. ​

New Raya Outfits and Sumptuous Treat for 82 Underprivileged Children

posted 20 Jun 2017, 00:09 by iConnect@ F&N   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 00:10 ]


Shah Alam – The aroma of scrumptious cuisine, Hari Raya songs, decked in traditional Malay attire and duit raya is more than enough to get anyone let alone a kid excited about the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations.

Eighty-two underprivileged children from Rumah Nur Ekhwan Ku in Klang can look forward to a joyous Aidilfitri celebration with the new Baju Melayu and Baju Kurung outfits they received courtesy of Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB).

The gift of new clothes was part of F&NHB’s 14th annual Majlis Berbuka Puasa initiative, organised annually since 2004. Held at the Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, the celebration aims to spread festive joy and ensure the less fortunate are embraced during the Ramadan celebrations.

The children, aged six to 17 years, arrived at Concorde Hotel Shah Alam bearing grins on their faces as they excitedly anticipated celebrating the grand feast with friends from F&NHB.

F&NHB Corporate Affairs Manager, Ms Cariessa Goh said that the Company was delighted to celebrate and share the joy of the holy month of Ramadan with children from Rumah Nur Ekhwan Ku.

“During Ramadan, our Muslim friends show us what it means to sacrifice, lead moderate lives, and most importantly, share with those in need. These are values important to us as well. As a brand that is revered and loved by generations of Malaysians, F&NHB strives to work towards the betterment of the community in all aspects of our business. With this buka puasa celebration, we hope to make this Ramadan season a meaningful one for the children of Rumah Nur Ekhwan Ku,” she added.

To celebrate a day of fasting, the children enjoyed a scrumptious spread comprising delicious Malay and Western cuisine, desserts and F&N’s wide variety of refreshing beverages including juices, flavoured milk and soft drinks.

After tucking into the delicious food, the children excitedly queued up on stage to receive gifts of new Hari Raya clothes complete with songkok and selendang as well as duit raya from F&NHB Chairman, Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail accompanied by Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lim Yew Hoe. Hurrying back to their seats, the children discovered the gifts galore in each bag.

Sweet tooth, Nur Suwaibah Salimah enjoyed the wide selection of desserts served during the celebration. “Desserts, particularly the ice-cream was my favourite. I made sure I tried all the flavours served,” she said.

Eleven-year-old Jaliyah Tulkarimah was delighted to receive a set of new baju kurung for Raya. “I am certainly looking forward to celebrate Hari Raya and wear my new clothes. Most importantly, during the holidays I get to go home to mum and join her on our annual ‘balik kampung’ trip to visit relatives in Pahang,” she added.

“At the home, we each help out to prepare and cook the Raya dishes and also visit homes in the area. I look forward to that and of course, receiving some duit raya,” said Muhd Ansarullah who has been with Rumah Nur Ekhwan Ku for five years.

En Sahidin Bin Rasidi, Assistant Manager of the orphanage home was grateful to F&NHB for hosting the event and for giving the children much to look forward to in anticipation of the upcoming Hari Raya celebration.

Rumah Nur Ekhwan Ku currently cares for 82 children, aged between six to 17 years old, comprising orphans and those from disadvantaged families.

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