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Ready-To-Eat Meals to Counter Food Shortage

Vending Machine

Lianhe Zaobao, 15 Jan 2017 – Article featured the history and evolution of Ready-To-Eat Meals that caters to the growing needs of consumers. The development of food vending machines and sales of ready-to-eat meals will help support the Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for the Food Services Industry which was launched last year. The ITM aims to achieve an annual productivity growth target of 2% without any increase in manpower over the next five years.

Martyn Wong, Consumer Centric Innovation Manager from SP’s Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC), opined how technology can help improve the nutritious content of the ready-to-eat meals while maintaining the flavour, texture and visual appeal of the food. Photo also featured the lotus soup co-developed by SP’s FIRC and a food manufacturer.

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FIRC’s New 3D food Printer Can “Print” Customised Nutritious Meals

Lianhe Zaobao, 2 Jan 2017 – Article featured Foodini, the 3D food printer purchased by Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) two months ago. Senior manager Lee Mun Wai shared that the 3D food printer can help customise nutritious meals in hospitals and even the general public. For example, the collaboration between FIRC and the German chemicals company BASF enables FIRC to use BASF’s functional ingredients including fatty acids and plant sterols, to print a variety of nutritious food, such as vitamin biscuits to help prevent osteoporosis or lutein-containing food to reduce damage to the eyes. FIRC’s centre director Mrs Ngan-Loong Mann Na opined that the 3D food printer can also help to reduce food wastage.

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FIRC Assist Sauce Manufacturers in their Export Efforts


Two of Food Innovation & Resource Centre’s clients was featured in the Berita Harian on 26 November 2016. The article mentions the collaboration between spice paste manufacturers, Asyura Ptd Ltd and SP’s Food Innovation Resource Centre (FIRC) to produce frozen spice paste products that can be exported overseas. Another company that recently partnered with FIRC is Revelation Delicacies Rempeyek Trading which manufactures shrimp paste sauce. The small local market and rising overseas demand are among reasons cited by manufacturers to look into expanding their product line.

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Visit To FIRC By Malaysian Food Companies

Photo 22-11-16 (Brigthened)

In collaboration with SPRING Singapore and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Food Innovation & Resource Centre hosted visitors from 17 Malaysian Food companies at its facilities on November 22, 2016. These companies includes manufacturers for sauces, ready-to-eat meals, dairy products, beverages, spices and seasonings, seafood products, snacks, and sausages.


SMEs Growing Their Business with Food Innovation & Resource Centre

Moon Cake

Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) mentioned on Lianhe Zaobao’s article, 31 Oct 2016.

Mr Ham Weng Seng, who took over the reins of the family owned Chop Tai Chong Kok Ptd Ltd three years ago, shares how the Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC) has helped his business to boost productivity by providing consultancy services to improves his products and lessons for his staff to learn about product packaging and safety. After working with FIRC, the company has expanded to five shops and a factory from the initial two outlets.

Article also mentioned that FIRC was set up in 2007 to increase the competitiveness of the companies in the global market by harnessing the latest technologies available to help companies create new or value-added products, as well as providing recommendations for appropriate packaging and improving the workflow and product shelf-life.

FIRC’s Centre Director, Mrs Ngan-Loong Mann Na shared that FIRC offers 20 different short courses and has trained over 3,000 professionals. FIRC has also worked with more than 500 companies on more than 850 projects.

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