Norphil Healthy Foods Corporation was incorporated in 2009 and owned by Ms. Elaine VanezzaCollado. The Company was established to manufacture and market food products which include Nutricol Fruit Juice Drink (Apple and Orange 200 mL stand-up pouch). The products were initially distributed to Regions 1&2, and eventually expanded to Regions 3 & 4. The Company's processing plant is strategically located in Sta. Maria, Lal-lo, Cagayan in order to take advantage of the very high agricultural productivity of Cagayan that would provide a secured year round supply of raw materials and the northeastern seaboard's infrastructure that would provide easy access to export markets on a longer term. Another reason why the processing plant is located in this place is to bring development to this area as there are no other people or organizations that are engaged in this kind of business inspite of its very robust agricultural potential.
The company aims a world class quality food products which are manufactured by the country’s big and leading Food and Beverage manufacturing companies in terms of their quality, manufacturing and marketing strategies. Thus, the consumer preference and food safety are two of the driving factors of the firm to pursue standardization and compliance in all aspects of their operations.
CAMPI interventions through the Technology Plus Products Consultancy include: cGMP and SSOP seminars to staff & management, documentation of Food Safety Manual (Policies, Organizational Structure and Work Instruction), improvement in the process flow in cooling and batching, warehouse layout, and sanitary facilities and overall operations.
During the project monitoring visit conducted by Ms, Rosemarie Olaer, Program Manager, CAMPI together with Dr. TeresitaTabaog, PSTD-Cagayan in August 2015, Ms. Collado is happy to inform the team that their License to Operate (LTO) with FDA-0070218 was issued in June 2015. She reiterated that TPPSC Consultants through CAMPI is a big help in the issuance of their LTO and continuously aligning their plant for GMP Certification. Food Development Center (FDC) has conducted assessment in November 2015 to be followed by unannounced visit in January 2016 for GMP Certification. Additional investment incurred in the improvement of structure and warehouse amounted to P1.5M while upgrading of filling machine increased its production and sales by 80%. The firm now has 22 cooking batches per day producing 120 boxes of stand-up pouch juices per batch. (by Rosemarie L. Olaer/Rhoalyn De La Rosa)
Healthy Sweets owned by Ms. Betty More started processing coconuts and other fruits with less than P200,000 invested in a small processing plant and equipment. They started processing manually in CY 2000 but after three years, they were able to acquire a mechanized cooker with stirrer under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology. Today, the company produces organic coconut sugar, ginger/guyabano/turmeric candies and teas, and cacao nibs coated.
The firm is one of the beneficiaries of the project entitled “S&T Intervention to Level-up Small and Medium Food Industries (SMEs) in Davao” under the Consultancy for Agricultural and Manufacturing Productivity Improvement (CAMPI) Program Implementation in Region XI. CAMPI provides consultancy services in improving the firms’ processes and facilities. The assistance of TAPI under the CAMPI program is very timely because of the increasing demand from the foreign and local buyers. This was attributed to the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) that they are implementing in their processing plant under CAMPI. According to Ms. More, “foreign buyers usually inspect first the plant before they negotiate for the price. If they are impressed and the plant passed their standards then you can get more orders”. The foreign buyers also share with them their experiences with other companies that they visited in the Philippines. They said that “if companies just follow the GMP then they could also have taken orders from them”.
Through CAMPI interventions in order to be GMP compliant, Healthy Sweets invested an amount of P20,000 to improve the plant structure. As a result, the market order increased, thus, expanding the production area and cost them P500,000 as additional investment for the coconut syrup production plant. The company was able to comply and implement the food safety requirements and was issued a License to Operate (LTO) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) issued by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Net income increased from P548,598 to P575,000 in CY 2015 and generated an additional employment of 12 workers.
Now, there are new demands in the local and international market that they have to respond. More Japanese buyers are becoming interested with their coconut sugar and other coco sugar-based products. Healthy Sweets need to expand their processing plant and acquire additional tools and equipment to increase their production. (by Rosemarie L. Olaer/Rhoalyn De La Rosa)