KUALA LUMPUR: Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd is running a high capacity Maggi noodles line at its Batu Tiga factory to cater to Malaysian consumers.
According to a report, Malaysians consume 3.6 million packets of instant noodles a day, of which 1.4 million packets are that of the Maggi brand.
That translates to 511 million packets per year and Nestle supplies nearly half of the whole of Malaysiaâ€™s demand of 1.34 billion packets of instant noodles last year.
Now that’s a lot of noodles!
So naturally, Nestleâ€™s manufacturing site in Shah Alam is one of the largest in Malaysia and the Nestle world, and Maggi Noodles Factory is the biggest noodle factory in the region, just to compensate our nation’s appetite for the instant noodles.
The total investment for the factory is at RM90mil, where it produces more than two million packets of noodles every day for local and overseas consumption.
For comparison, instant noodles sales cleared the 102-billion mark last year, and China alone accounts for 44 billion units sold last year.
â€œWith a history of over 100 years in Malaysia, NestlÃ© is committed towards investing in the country, and intensifying our marketing investment in the good times as well as during challenging economic periods because we believe in Malaysiaâ€™s vast potential for middle to long term growth,â€ said managing director Alois Hofbauer.
Nestle continues to invest in Malaysia, both through its business philosophy of Creating Shared Value (CSV) as well as investing in manufacturing facilities.
Over the past seven years, since 2008, NestlÃ© has invested over RM1.5bil in capex into expanding and enhancing its manufacturing and distribution capabilities in the end-to-end supply chain.
Meanwhile, its new Sri Muda factory, which cost a total investment of RM288mil, will boost its ready-to-drink capacity by over 50%.
The factory produces liquid drink products including Milo, Nescafe and NestlÃ© Omega Plus.
NestlÃ© Malaysia is also the groupâ€™s halal centre of excellence as well as the biggest halal producer in the NestlÃ© world.
It is the first market to apply for halal certification for all its food products, following the Malaysian Governmentâ€™s introduction of voluntary halal certification in 1994.
â€œOur halal expertise and also our recognition as halal hub are big advantages for Nestle Malaysia, as there is a great demand for Halal products.
â€œAll of Nestle Malaysiaâ€™s manufacturing facilities are 100% halal. We produce and export Halal products to more than 50 countries across the globe.
â€œOur halal business in Malaysia is RM5bil per annum including exports,â€ he said.
Furthermore, there is an increasing demand for halal products, which are currently exported to over 50 countries worldwide including the Middle East, Europe and Oceania.
An increased awareness on halal products has resulted in a robust demand growth, he added.
â€œNestle Malaysia is well positioned to tap into strong prospects for the halal F&B industry regionally and globally,â€ he noted.
Kenanga Investment Research said that moving forward, more marketing campaigns will be launched in conjunction with new product launches as well as the Chinese New Year festival in the early first quarter next year.
â€œWe laud the groupâ€™s aggressive marketing initiatives to counter the weak consumer sentiment while also further strengthening its strong branding position,â€ it said in a note recently.
The research house added that operating margin was able to expand 1.2 percentage points thanks to the favourable commodity prices which led to lower raw material costs for Nestle.
The group has indicated that the two most notable key raw materials that have been most favourable in terms of price movement are milk powder and coffee powder.
Nestle had mentioned that it would not resort to increasing the selling prices of products to ensure the brand remains competitive and affordable for consumers.