Japan's NH Foods Ltd has released plan to export Halal frozen food manufactured from its new state-of-the-art plant in Pulau Indah, Selangor by the 2nd half of 2019.
The frozen food manufacturing plant, operated by NHF Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, is 51% owned by NH Foods, with the remainder held by Lay Hong Bhd. The plant was officially opened in November 2018. Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Hiroji Okoso said NH Foods is optimistic about its long-term prospects after expanding its presence to Malaysia, primarily driven by the enormous growth potential in the domestic and export markets for its processed frozen foods.
“With a production capacity of 1,200 tonnes per month for the 1st phase, this Halal frozen food manufacturing facility is designed to cater not only to the local market, but for export markets such as the Middle East, Singapore and Japan," he said. The company projected that its plant will export 60% of its products in 2019.
“Domestically, the demand for premium quality and convenience food is growing and due to the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, we expect a strong interest in Halal food from mainstream retailers and food services. This plant is just in time for the underserved market,” he added.
Okoso added the strong expertise of the company's research and development (R&D) team will also help it to introduce high-quality, diverse and innovative food products.
The plant capacity can be increased to 2,000 tonnes per month in the 2nd phase expansion.
According to the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Malaysia's Halal product exports to Japan were valued at RM2.67 billion (US$652 million) in 2016, up 20.8% from the previous year.