Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (Economy) cum Chairman of the Board for RBC, Dato Seri Paduka Dr. Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin officiating the groundbreaking of Royal Brunei Catering’s future centralized kitchen and production facility at Lambak Kanan West Industrial Site. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Royal Brunei Catering (RBC) is looking to multiply its production capacity through its multi-million dollar kitchen –which construction commenced today and will be operable by the middle of next year.

The new facility which will be located on a two-hectare land in the Lambak Kanan West Industrial Area is set to centralise RBC’s kitchen operations which include producing food for Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), hospital and special events as well as for retail purposes.

The firm’s General Manager Haji Jeff Hadiman Dato Paduka Haji Danial shared that at the moment, RBC is capable of serving as many as 5,000 meals per day from a wide-ranging business unit.

General Manager for RBC, Haji Jeff Hadiman bin Dato Paduka Haji Danial delivering his remarks during the Groundbreaking Ceremony to officiate the start of the construction of Royal Brunei Catering’s future centralized kitchen and production facility at Lambak Kanan West Industrial Site. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“With the Central Kitchen, we forecast our current production capacity to be more than double as it could provide us greater ability to meet future demands,” he said.

It will also allow us to enhance our creativity and innovation, as we will have the largest concentration of culinary minds gathered under one roof,” he added.

Besides increasing production volume, Haji Jeff Hadiman also told The Bruneian that RBC will be more capable on ensuring food safety and security for its consumers.

He said that the new project will have a state-of-the-art HACCP-certified production kitchen, acknowledging its capacity to have control over potential hazards that could happen throughout food processing phases.

RBC Anjung Saujana’s Junior Sous Chef Farina Afida Pehin Datu Panglima Colonel (rtd) Hj Abdul Jalil cutting a piece of the lamb for customers. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“By controlling major food risks, such as microbiological, chemical and physical contaminants, this can better ensure consumers that our products are safe as good science and technology allows, ” he said.

The central kitchen will include a hot, cold and test areas, which will be provided with chillers, freezers, central store and warehousing facilities. There will also be food delivery amenities complete with loading areas and receiving bays.

In operating the central kitchen, the general manager also shared the possibility of outsourcing its kitchen and commissary services, procurement of raw materials and test kitchen facilities which may foster development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Construction workers at Royal Brunei Catering’s future centralized kitchen and production facility construction site at Lambak Kanan West Industrial Site. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“This highy anticipated project is a significant milestone for us. The company has grown to become one of Brunei’s largest food and beverage producers and I believe the new facility is the next exciting chapter for RBC’s journey,” Haji Jeff Hadiman said.

He also hoped that the new central kitchen will contribute to the country’s economic developments and growth, as it is also expected to accommodate 400 employees altogether.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the construction site today to officially commence the construction of the central kitchen.

Royal Brunei Catering’s future centralized kitchen and production facility construction site at Lambak Kanan West Industrial Site. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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