Posted by in Food, Malaysian Food Franchises on Sep 25, 2020 .

Ah Cheng Laksa started as a stall in 1960 in Simpang Empat, Alor Setar, Kedah by a couple whose children eventually took over the business and started franchising it. One of the children is said to be named Ah Cheng. In 2014 Ah Cheng Laksa won The Star People’s Food Awards for the “Best Asam Laksa Category”. Ah Cheng Laksa also offers curry laksa, pan mee, nasi lemak with ayam rendang or ayam goreng, herbal chicken soup with rice, keropok lekor and more. It has more than 20 outlets in the Klang Valley.  

Ah Cheng Laksa’s central kitchen has been certified halal by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department. Goh Chun Hiang, a director...

Posted by in Family Biz, Non-listed Companies on Feb 04, 2021 .

Popular homegrown spices brand, Adabi, now a leading packaged food manufacturer, has been expanding both locally and internationally without much fanfare since its founding in 1984 as a small factory producing curry spices in the Batu Caves Industrial Area. Adabi products were the first to receive Halal certification from the Islamic Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department. Founder Dato’ Syed Manshor Syed Mahmood, who is Chairman and Managing Director of Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn Bhd, continues to run the family business with his son, Syed Mahadzir Dato’ Syed Mansor, who is Adabi’s CEO. Adabi Consumer Industries is...

Malayan Flour Mills Berhad (MFM) is headed by Teh Wee Chye, 67, the son of the late Teh Liang Teik, who bought the controlling interest in MFM in May 1976 from its founder David L.F.Sung, an industrialist from Hong Kong. MFM is a pioneer in the flour milling industry in Malaysia. The first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, officiated the opening of the RM40m modern flour mill at Lumut, Perak on 15 October 1966. MFM was listed on Bursa Malaysia (formerly the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) on 10 July 1968.  

Teh Wee Chye, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architect and Marine Engineering and a Master’s...

Phuture Foods Sdn Bhd is a plant based pork substitute start up by two young Malaysians, Jack Yap (CEO) and Lim Jin Yin in 2018. Their inspiration came from the success of Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat in the USA which are two of the biggest plant-based meat substitute companies in the world. The difference between the two is that Beyond Meat does not use GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients while Impossible Foods uses genetically modified soy. Both have gone mainstream into restaurants and are available in supermarkets and upmarket grocery chains.   

Jack Yap was running a vegetarian restaurant for a few years but he...

Posted by in Food, International Food Franchises on Feb 16, 2021 .

Datuk Vincent Choo and his wife Datin Cynthia Cheong are the Development Agent or master franchisee in Malaysia of Subway, an American fast food sandwich chain, which first came to Malaysia in the late 1990s. The Choos took over the franchise from an existing franchisee and expanded the chain over two decades to more than 200 outlets. They were jointly honoured with the Lifetime Achievement in Food and Beverage award at the McMillan Woods Global Awards Night 2017. 

Subway was started by Dr Peter Buck and Fred Deluca about 50 years ago in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA as a restaurant that served fresh, affordable, made-to-order...

Posted by in Family Biz, Non-listed Companies on Feb 17, 2021 .

In 1984 a husband and wife team, Dato Dr. Hj. Ramly Mokni and his wife Datin Hjh. Shala Siah Abdul Manap, started Perusahaan Burger Ramly Mokni Sdn Bhd (now known as Ramly Food Processing Sdn Bhd) to produce halal quality frozen burgers at a small factory in Bandar Tun Razak. Before this the couple produced beef patties from their home and sold them at a burger stall near Chow Kit. Dato Ramly was working at a supermarket when he was frequently asked if burger patties were halal. He saw an opportunity which he felt he couldn’t miss. He was right.  

More than 3 decades on, the children, Mohd Zaharin bin Dato Dr Hj. Ramly and Siti Hayu bt...

Posted by in Food, Restaurant Groups on Feb 17, 2021 .

The Grand Imperial Restaurant Group was founded in November 2008 by husband and wife team, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dato’ Koh Cheng Keong (Managing Director/ Group Chief Executive Officer) and Puan Sri Datin Sri Dato’ Chew Lean Hong (Executive Director/ Group Chief Operating Officer). The first Grand Imperial was opened at Bangsar Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur and remains a popular outlet. The other locations are Hartamas Shopping Centre, Sunway Velocity, Pavillion Elite Shopping Mall, Pavillion Level 6, The Club Bukit Utama PJ, Sunway Pinnacle and Royale Ballroom Sunway. Its outlets in Genting Highlands are affected by the renovations for...

Posted by in Funds & Tech, PE Funds on Mar 09, 2021 .

Bake with Yen was set up in 1987  at Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur by woman entrepreneur, Yen Khong Moi, to supply, distribute and retail baking ingredients, premixes, baking accessories and tools. The business did well and stores were opened in Sabah at Lintas (2000), Putatan (2003) and Kian Yap (2008). In Selangor she opened the popular Bake with Yen shop at Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya. Then more stores were opened in Puchong, Bangi, Kota Damansara, OUG and Klang and up north in Ipoh. By 2017 Bake with Yen had become a major supplier to home and professional bakers, and commercial businesses such as leading hotels,...