We innovate through an Research & Development team in Singapore to develop new products and eco-friendly packaging that meet evolving tastes and lifestyles. For food packaging, the team collaborates with Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The result is more choice of beverages, in packaging that is fit for purpose.
The goals of R&D at F&NHB are guided by the following principles:
In FY2020, we produced no less than 10 new products, six of which are healthier options. Among our more innovative packaging offerings were squeeze tubes for TEAPOT condensed milk, and recyclable paper cartons for F&N ICE MOUNTAIN.
We also continuously upgrade our systems and processes with the latest technological innovations for greater operational and environmental efficiencies. Just in FY2020 we invested about RM134 million in various technologies including:
- Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems in our Shah Alam, Pulau Indah and Bentong plants in Malaysia with a total capacity of generating up to 10 MWp of energy.
- State-of-the-art Regional Distribution Centre at Rojana, Bangkok with sophisticated Automated Storage Retrieval System (ASRS).
- A new manufacturing line in Rojana Plant, Thailand to produce our first milk tablets, Magnolia Milkies.
To promote continuous improvement in productivity, quality, cost, delivery, safety, ethics and environment, we organised an annual competition since 2007, which encouraged manufacturing teams to propose and implement innovative and cost saving initiatives. Participants work in groups and are empowered to implement their ideas. The innovative ideas initiated through the convention have already successfully achieved an average saving/avoidance of RM10 million per annum.