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A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Singapore firm brings a little of the country to Macau’s catering industry

Posted by Kimberly on November 16, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 16, 2007 (499 words)

Country Foods Macau (CFM) has set up shop in Macau to supply food materials such as processed fruits and vegetables, soups, sauces, semi-processed meats as well as ready-made meals and snacks for the Macau market.

A subsidiary of Singapore-established Country Foods, Valeo Strategic Investments and Good View Fruits (GVF) Company in Hong Kong, the Macau operation took nine months to set up and be established.

During his speech at the company’s launch ceremony and cocktail reception at the Venetian yesterday, Kevin Ho, Chairman of CFM said, “I’m very excited to be part of a new era of international co-operation between Macau and our friends from Singapore and Hong Kong.”

He added that “Country foods Macau will transfer expertise and know-how from Singapore and Hong Kong to raise the bar for food hygiene and efficiency in Macau’s booming resort and hospitality industry.”

When questioned about this, Frankie Tan from Country Foods Singapore explained that the group was encouraged by the Macau Government Tourist Office to register the business in Macau I order to raise the industry’s standards, as “currently there is no food factory at the ISO:22,000 [quality management] level.”

Of County Foods in Singapore, Mr Ho added that it was a pioneer in the central kitchen model for institutional catering, “a leading manufacturer f chilled, frozen an processed food, serving an international clientele of Singapore Airlines through SATS Catering” as well as restaurant chains, convenience stores and hospitals.

He spoke of the Macau production and how it will “support Macau’s resorts with quality semi- and fully processed food products [including] marinated and cooked meat products, cut fruits as well as pre-cut and washed vegetables,” to name a few.

As well as the ISO:22,000 standard, the Macau branch will also adhere to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) standard.

“No longer will Macau’s resorts have to worry about the messy and labour intensive preparation associated with back-of-house kitchen activities…nor kitchen staffing issues,” said Mr Ho.

As far as future endeavours went, he added that Country foods Macau would hopefully “eventually cater to our schools and hospitals with high-quality, safe and nutritious foods.”

Then there’s the Food Science Scholarship for Macau, which will support young Macau professionals to gain knowledge and expertise in international best practises in this field in Singapore, “where we hope they can bring back what they’ve learned to benefit the community in Macau,” he said.

Mr Clement Woon, president and CEO of Singapore Airport Terminal Services said, “in what is being widely regarded as “the world’s biggest tourism project,” commentators estimate that there will be over 20,000 hotel rooms in more than a dozen hotel developments by 2010.”

Country Foods Macau, the company, upon incorporation, will have an issued and paid-up capital of 10 million patacas. Country foods will have a 70 percent equity interest in Country Foods Macau wile Valeo Strategic, through its subsidiary, New Macau Catering Investments Ltd, and GVF will hold 20 percent and 10 percent stakes respectively in the new company.



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