MSMEs explore partnerships in dialogue

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

Ten local businesses under DARe’s Elevate programme attended the dialogue at RBC’s recently launched 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.

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

DARe CEO Javed Ahmad said 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 General Manager Haji Jeff Hadiman bin Dato Paduka Haji Danial

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 their principles of adding value to Brunei’s economy and society.

The session began with welcoming remarks by the RBC General Manager, followed by a tour of the central kitchen where guests witnessed 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 & Wok and Wing-it.