De-luxe Food Services Sdn Bhd, located in Meru, Klang, manufactures premium frozen bakery products for supply to hotels, retail, entertainment, onvenience stores, airline and caterers under its brand name Hearty Bake. It also supplies its products to Subway Malaysia, TGIF Japan, Singapore and China. Hearty Bake products are produced in different fabrication stages, called convenience levels, in order to better cater to the needs of customers. Customers have the option to buy raw dough, par-baked, pre-proven and thaw-and-serve bakery products.
Gourmessa Sdn Bhd (“Gourmessa”), located in Glenmarie, Shah Alam, manufactures and processes cold cuts, sausages, portion control meat and smoked salmon for distribution to supermarkets, hotels and restaurants. Its Gourmessa brand of quality cold cuts and sausages are well distributed and displayed in most supermarkets and hypermarket chains across Malaysia. Gourmessa has plans to expand into the export market.
To better accommodate increased demand, plans were put in place for relocation of the manufacturing facility to Selangor Halal Hub, Pulau Indah, which is equipped with bigger production facilities. Construction of the new facility was completed in October 2017 and Gourmessa will be relocating to its new manufacturing facility in December 2018, after obtaining the relevant certification and approval. The Group is in the process of seeking approvals from the Department of Islamic Development in Malaysia (JAKIM), Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and Ministry of Health to commence full production, targeted in December 2018. Meanwhile, production will continue in Glenmarie during this transition period.
The Group entered into the ready-to-drink segment by way of joint venture partnership in Envictus Dairies NZ Limited (“EDNZ”) with four other shareholders to establish New Zealand’s first state-of-the-art, UHT Aseptic PET bottling line for dairy, juice and water products with the official opening of its plant on 1 September 2011. Since then, EDNZ has built a solid platform for Aseptic PET contract bottling for a range of approximately twenty large and small clients who are selling their own branded aseptic beverage products in the Oceania and Asia regions.
EDNZ has developed significant intellectual property around product development, ingredient handling and batching, fresh milk processing including standardising, batching (from powders, pastes and purees), heat treatments (UHT, pasteurising and milk heat stability), PET injection moulding, blow moulding, aseptic filling, sleeve labelling, case packing, palletising, warehouse systems, logistics, QA and lab testing. EDNZ has developed other competencies which are quite unique such as lactase enzyme dosing (for lactose free products), custom bottle shapes and ATP commercial sterility testing for Aseptic beverages.
The plant, located at Whakatu Industrial Park, near Hastings, is ideally-suited for bottling operations with its existing resources, including substantial bore water rights, trade waste discharge rights and close proximity to Napier Port.
The plant currently produces UHT white milk for the China and Taiwan markets, flavoured milk (typically chocolate, coffee, strawberry and banana) for Australasia, pet milk (a lactose free formulation suitable for cats and dogs) and fruit juice (typically from apple or kiwifruit – fresh or concentrate) for local and Asian markets. In the past two years, it has been producing a range of non-dairy alternative nut milks including almond, coconut and macadamia. It has also developed and launched its readyto-drink sports nutrition beverage including isotonic drinks, milk protein drinks (includes Horleys Protein Hit), weight loss water and pre-workout drinks. The plant continues to focus on new product offerings to meet the increase in consumer demand for more aseptically bottled beverages.