by Debbie Too
Bandar Seri Begawan – Ghanim International Food Corp Sdn Bhd is
keeping its doors open to the possibility of helping domestic poultry
producers export their goods to Singapore using the premium Brunei
In an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday, Noel Shield, Ghanim
interim chief executive, said: “Poultry and fresh meat products are
definitely a part of the products on the list of products to be
included in the Brunei Halal brand for sure; however it will depend on
what the market wants and needs.” Ghanim International is the company
appointed by His Majesty’s Government to oversee the Brunei Halal brand.
Recently, the Agriculture Department said it was looking forward to
facilitating poultry exports by private growers via the premium brand.
Mulaut Abattoir is also confident it could get licence to use the brand
to case its entry in export markets for its processed meat products.
Should their studies show that there is an opportunity in foreign
markets, like the Middle East, Shield said they will definitely
consider the intention of interested companies who wish to be
represented by the brand.
“The whole thing is market driven, even if we see an opportunity to
export to Singapore or Hong Kong, then we will do it, however, there is
no specific date on when this will happen,” he told The Brunei Times.
Shield emphasised that the reason Ghanim is particular about
overseas market potential is because it is not eyeing the domestic
market for distribution of products bearing the premium brand. Aiming
for the Brunei market will only add competition to the local small and
medium enterprises (SMEs), he said.
“We do not want to compete with the local SMEs because that is not part of our plan,” said Shield.
In an earlier interview, Dr Dabeding Hj Dullah, assistant director
of the Agriculture Department, said his office is positive domestic
poultry producers will be able to ship to Singapore next year.
hopefully under the
Brunei Halal brand, as Brunei is currently 100 per cent self-sufficient in poultry.
Dr Dabeding said exporters will be making use of the Brunei Halal
brand and that this will hopefully lead to exports to the Middle East
and other markets with high demand for poultry.
“The Brunei Halal brand should come not only as a halal product, but a product of quality,” he said.
Mulaut Abattoir is also considering obtaining a licence to use the Brunei Halal brand to help ease its entry in lucrative
Islamic markets for beef products, said the company’s acting deputy
general manager. “Mulaut Abattoir has been trying to export
Mulaut-Haoyue beef to Islamic countries under the Brunei Halal brand,”
Pg Imran Pg Hj Sabli said.
“We are confident that the Brunei Halal brand is a strong brand, and
given time and publicity, the Halal brand will penetrate the global
halal market,” he said of the recently launched seal, which the
Sultanate deems will make a splash in Islamic markets chiefly due to
its reputation for strict adherence to principles governing food
preparation under Islamic teachings.
However, at the moment, Ghanim International Food Corp Sdn Bhd has
yet to consider Bruneian companies in the initial batches that will
carry the seal.
We are not concentrating on local production and nearly all of the
companies we are working with now are all international companies,
about 90 per cent,” said Shield, in a previous interview.
“(This) for the simple reason that they’ve got fairly big production scales now,” he explained.
“I’ve kept local companies on a separate list because I started to
look at the local SMEs and went to visit them at their factories. I
haven’t fully got into pricing structure, but what I’ve done is see how
it is done and see where we can take cost out of their current
Once the brand’s marketing strategies get on stream though, it should be easier for high-cost SMEs to get on board.
Ghanim is the Brunei firm that handles and manages the marketing of
the Sultanate’s premium halal brand which takes advantage of the
country’s reputation in selling goods to a growing Muslim market.
The firm is looking at major retailers such as Tesco and Carrefour
to help sell products registered under the Brunei Halal brand to its
Among some of the objectives for the Brunei Halal brand are giving
local firms a platform at gaining a slice of the global halal market,
which is estimated at US$580.9 billion and growing rapidly.– Courtesy of The BruneiTimes