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MOI Foods showcases palm oil-based cheese products

Photographed by the author at FHM 2017

MOI Foods Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a unit of Mewah International, showcased its cheese preparation products at the recent Food and Hotel Malaysia 2017 (FHM). MOI Foods Malaysia comes under Mewah International, the marketing arm of the consumer pack goods division of SGX-listed Mewah Group, an edible oils and fats producer with refineries and processing facilities in Malaysia and Singapore.

Produced in Pulau Indah

The palm oil-based cheese products are made by Mewah Dairies Sdn Bhd, which is the palm-oil based dairy manufacturing facility of Mewah Group located in Pulau Indah, Selangor. The new facility was put into operation in 2016.

Synergy with palm oil business

In the words of Mewah Group, the reason for focusing on dairy, according to the 2016 annual report, is “as palm oil is one of the important raw materials for the production of dairy products, the investment has production synergies with our current palm oil business. It has provided significant marketing and distribution synergies with our current Consumer Pack segment. We plan to add more flexibility to our packing lines and add more dairy based products.”

Malaysia and Singapore account for small share of consumer pack

Total revenue from the sale of consumer products including edible oils and fats, rice and dairy in consumer packs in FY 2016 stood at SGD 752.6 million compared with SGD 798.7 million in FY 2015.

Malaysia and Singapore contributed only 8% towards the group’s consumer pack business in FY 2016.

Cheese preparations

The Choice cheese preparations (2kg) are made primarily with refined palm oil.

The key ingredients in Mozzarella Cheese Preparation are refined palm oil, lactose, milk protein, permitted food conditioners, flavours, preservatives and colouring.

The Cheddar Cheese Preparation is made with refined palm oil, starch, milk protein, salt, lactose, permitted food conditioners, flavours, preservatives and colouring.

Cream Cheese Preparation contains vegetable oil (hydrogenated), butter, whey product, starch, milk protein, citrus fiber, salt, permitted food conditioners, flavours, preservatives and colouring.

The cheese preparations are meant as a more cost-effective substitute for cheese in bakery and other food application.

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