FIRC celebrates its 10th Anniversary

On 24th October 2017, FIRC celebrated its 10th anniversary which was graced by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and Trade & Industry. More than 450 guests comprising industry stakeholders from food manufacturing, food services, government agencies, trade associations and industry partners attended the event.

The event witnessed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between FIRC and ICMG, a Japanese company providing intellectual capital management services to companies.  Under the MoU, both parties will promote collaborations between Singapore and Japanese companies in the area of food science and technology, and develop mutually beneficial programmes to facilitate the exchange of technical expertise and knowledge. We will also establish a Food Innovation Platform for companies from the two countries to ideate, create new business models, conduct proof of concept and strive towards business acceleration and commercialisation in food innovation, packaging and automation for the local food industry. To mark the start of this collaboration, Nippon Closure Company Limited (NCC), through ICMG, will be housing Japanese capping machines in the FIRC to support the needs of the local food industry and will offer a wider range of packaging choices for their products.

Guests were then invited to tour the exhibition which comprised three segments. In the first segment, guests journeyed through the corridor which showcased the centre’s significant milestones and achievements in the ten years since its inception in April 2007.

This was followed by the galleria walk where guests were treated to a galore of food products to taste at booths themed to the four pillars, namely, Innovation, Productivity, Internationalisation and Jobs & Skills, of the Industry Transformation Map for the Food Manufacturing Sector.

In the last segment, future food concepts divided into three zones, ‘Into Experiential Eating’, ‘Into Manufacturing’ and ‘Into Homes’ were featured.

We would like to thank our industry players, partners and government agencies who attended the event and made it a success!  We look forward to building stronger collaborations with the different stakeholders to develop Singapore into Asia’s leading food and nutrition hub.