Brunei Darussalam welcomes any collaborative efforts, whether locally or from abroad, in using the Brunei Halal Certification to boost the country’s economic growth, particularly for Halal-certified export products.
In 2018, strategic alliance agreements were signed between Brunei, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea to enhance the production and promotion of Halal goods not only locally but also internationally and realise the trade potential in the three countries.
Furthermore, several local companies have successfully exported their products to overseas markets, with more companies to follow suit.
In December 2019, it was revealed that four Japanese companies are collaborating with Brunei Meat Company (BMC) to bring Brunei-made Halal products into the Japanese market.
The collaboration comes from years of discussions, product-testing between BMC and the Japanese companies and BMC. Continuous efforts of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) also played a pivotal role in bringing interested parties together.
Advisor to the President for Brunei Affairs of ERIA Okuochi Hiroshi said Brunei Halal is a premium certification, based on a report on the Study on Halal Industry Investment in Brunei Darussalam by ERIA in 2016.
“Japanese companies were very interested in the Brunei Halal Certification after the release of the report during the Halal Seminar,” Okuochi said. Four Japanese companies – Chibo, Ginrei Service Co Ltd, Kanda Farm Co, and Harry’s – visited Brunei to look for collaboration potentials. After years of discussion and fine-tuning products, he said Chibo has come up with a Brunei-made and Halal-certified okonomiyaki from BMC. More products will be introduced in 2020. The remaining three companies are in the middle of introducing their made-in-Brunei products with BMC, he said. In total, there will be 15 products.
Okuochi said the products will be exported to Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as supplied to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. The factory to produce the Japanese exports in Brunei has been set up by BMC in Mentiri, and is expected to be launched in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Tavelmout Biofarm (B) Sdn Bhd’s (TVMB) production facility at Darussalam Enterprise Bio-Innovation Corridor Industrial Park was recently launched for the production of spirulina. TVMB is a pioneer in the large-scale cultivation of spirulina using a photobioreactor.
According to a press release, the conventional cultivation method uses open raceways which are more susceptible to environmental and contamination factors. TVMB’s scientists and engineers have devoted years of research and development to optimise the PBR cultivation, which has resulted in the maximum production yield at a lower production cost.
Japan’s cutting-edge biotechnology, combined with Brunei’s environment and climate for algae production, will facilitate the Tavelmout project’s contribution to the Sultanate’s economic diversification. The project will also contribute to bilateral relations and solve food problems in the world, said the ambassador.
TVMB is introducing its locally produced Tabérumo product – the world’s first frozen raw spirulina that satisfies Japan’s rigorous and stringent food safety standards and is sold mainly in the Japanese market by TVMB’s parent company Tabérumo Corp. The strict safety and hygiene control system of their processing facility enables them to create high quality spirulina which is safe to be consumed raw.
Tabérumo is a product which maximises the strength of spirulina’s odourless fresh taste and rich nutrients, and it can be mixed with all kinds of food to be enjoyed by families, athletes and those who are beauty-conscious.
TVMB began exporting the product to Japan in September 2019, and distribution to Japanese consumers will be done through Tabérumo Corp. According to a press release, TVMB aims to product six tonnes per month in the first year.
The production capacity will be increased yearly, and the maximum production volume after an expansion of the facility is expected to reach 1,000 tonnes.
Aside from having Japan as the main target market, TVMB also aims to export its products globally. As a future plan, in addition to the continuous marketing in Japan, TVMB aims to expand to other overseas markets including the booming global Halal market after the approval of its Halal certification from Brunei.
The press release elaborated on the topic of Halal, stating that currently, there is no Halal certified raw spirulina available in the world. TVMB also said that they are in the process of obtaining the approval for its Halal application. Once certified, the Tabérumo spirulina will be a part of the expanding portfolio of high quality Halal products made in Brunei.
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