Royal Brunei Culinary (RBC) and Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) recently organised a dialogue aimed to foster potential partnerships between RBC and leading local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the food and beverage (F&B) industry. 

Ten local businesses under DARe’s Elevate programme attended the one-day session held at RBC’s Central Kitchen at the Lambak West Industrial Area. 

The session provided insights into what services RBC can provide to businesses, which include outsourcing of kitchen and commissary services, competitive procurement of raw materials and the use of test kitchen facilities and expertise. 

By operating Brunei’s largest central kitchen, General Manager of RBC Haji Jeff Hadiman Dato Paduka Haji Danial shared that RBC aims to position itself as an F&B solutions company, with its state-of-the-art facilities having both Halal and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification. 

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of DARe Javed Ahmad said that MSMEs should look into leveraging on RBC’s facilities as an avenue for them to help them scale production more cost-effectively; which in turn would further increase RBC’s overall output – creating a “win-win” situation for both parties. 

RBC officially announced its rebrand in December 2020, coinciding with the launch of its new central kitchen facility. 

The move from “Catering” to “Culinary” coupled with the new kitchen signifies RBC’s new focus on growing itself further as a large-scale F&B solutions provider. With its centralised operations and the greater efficiencies that come with it, RBC has quadrupled its potential daily output. 

As a result, RBC is looking for strategic partners to aid in its expansion plans. 

With the consolidation of RBC’s operations at its new facility, a new brand and refreshed approach, RBC has reaffirmed its principles of adding value to Brunei’s economy and society, said DARe in a press statement.

The session began with welcoming remarks by RBC’s General Manager, followed by a tour of the central kitchen where guests were able to witness RBC’s culinary excellence and best practices through live cooking demonstrations by RBC’s chefs. 

A dialogue session then followed with guests, to explore how future partnerships could be forged. Attending the event were senior representatives from I Say Yatta, NOICE, Superwater Marketing, Mr Baker’s Bakeshop, Iskandar Curry House, A.Ayam, SPHI Foods, Taurean Bakeshop & Café, Pan & Work and Wing-it.

DARe’s Elevate is a cohort-based programme that aims to grow promising local MSMEs to be more sustainable, resilient and capable of international expansion. 

The programme provides businesses with customized assistance in developing strategic roadmaps, mentorship, networking opportunities and financing solutions. Businesses interested in enrolling into Elevate can email their interest to program.elevate@dare.gov.bn.

This article was first published on March 13, 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 132

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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