“Asia’s Leading Halal Food Centre”
Asian Food Validation Centre or ASIA FOOD – is a manufacturing, processing and validation centre developed by MARA in collaboration with Ministry of Health to provide food entrepreneurs with comprehensive training, support and consultation services in food technology and manufacturing.
It is estimated that Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) contribute to almost 99.2% of business establishments in Malaysia and the food processing sector accounts for the largest sector among SMEs. With Malaysia emerging as one of the major players in the Halal industry globally, the growth opportunity for food manufacturers in Malaysia is immense. Realising the potential, MARA developed ASIA FOOD – a one-stop-centre equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and expert trainers which will be able to provide:
- Guidance on business registration & licensing application
- Halal & technical consultation
- Food chemical & bio analysis services
- Food processing & manufacturing facilities
- Packaging & distribution services
- Training on marketing and promotion
With ASIA FOOD existing collaboration with Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrient, University of Maryland and in the pipeline to expand the collaboration and partnership with relevant parties between ASIA FOOD and Ministry of Health’s Department of Food Safety and Quality, Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), Department of Chemistry, ASIA FOOD is progressively towards being recognised as an Accredited Certification Body (ACB) by the Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM) and Certification Body (CB) by the Ministry of Health. By strengthening this partnership also, ASIA FOOD are able to provide guidance on business registration and licensing application. This will pave way for ASIA FOOD to become a ONE STOP CENTRE and world-class Halal Validation Centre, as well as a centre to develop competent human capital who are knowledgeable in Halal food technology and manufacturing.
Besides training and consultation, ASIA FOOD also actively produces its own brand of high-quality food products for commercialisation. The products are results of UniKL R&D initiatives where researchers and academicians in the related field actively produce innovative food products which have huge commercial value. These products are then mass produced and commercialised as a source of income for ASIA FOOD and UniKL.
In addition, ASIA FOOD acts as a teaching factory for UniKL lecturers and students where they are exposed to the actual food production methods and industrial practices. This Production Based Education (PBE) leads to UniKL students obtaining a holistic education as they are able to see for themselves and apply the theoretical knowledge taught in classrooms in actual industrial settings. They have also kept abreast with the latest technology and advancement in factory production. Through this, ASIA FOOD also supports UniKL’s Industrialmanship programme where students are required to attend industrial training beginning as early as semester one, giving them exposure to a real working environment early on. This provides them with the hands-on knowledge and experience and this will eventually increase their employability prospects upon graduation.
Through an A to Z, all-inclusive training and consultation services, ASIA FOOD hopes to ensure the sustainability of start-up businesses in food processing and manufacturing as well as introducing new technology and innovation into existing food enterprises. Besides advice and assistance to improve manufacturing process flow and business productivity, ASIA FOOD also makes sure products which are produced abides by the international food safety and quality standards and this increases the product’s marketability and competitiveness in the global Halal market.
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