• Baker Gardenia opens P1-B plant in Laguna

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    Bread loaf maker Gardenia Bakeries Philippines Inc. has opened a P1-billion factory in Laguna, seen to increase its production capacity by 50 percent, equivalent to 150,000 loaves a day or 6,000 loaves per hour.

    The 6K2 plant – the facility is Gardenia’s sixth bread plant in Laguna – is located at the Laguna International Industrial Park.

    The firm said the plant features “additional robotics and latest available technology in modern baking”sourced from countries with great pastry expertise such as Germany, the Netherlands, the United States and Japan.

    Simplicio Umali Jr., president and general manager of Gardenia Philippines, said: “There are improved systems and technologies in the makeup, proofing and automated handling process that will help produce high quality breads.”

    “The slicers are more accurate. We also have a tumbler where all four sides of the loaf are checked. There is also a tornado cleaner that ensures all baking pans are very clean and free of crumbs,” he added.

    Umali said the new oven system of the 6K2 plant uses environment-friendly liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which is expected to produce more “cottony” breads and finer grains.

    The 6K2 plant will serve the growing demand of consumers in the Luzon market from Cagayan Valley to Sorsogon Province.

    Umali said this was part of the company’s mission to support the country’s growing bread market by supplying half of the P9-billion packaged and branded bread sector, which in turn is 50 percent of the whole P18-billion domestic bread market.

    Compared to Southeast Asian peers like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, the Philippines is still behind in bread consumption, he said.

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