• Yao’s Zest-O eyes US, Asean expansion


    THE Yao Group of Companies said it is looking to further expand its production in the US and the Asean region.

    “Our expansion in North America, we have already started production but more on the tropical variants,” Alfredo Yao, chairman of the Yao Group of Companies, told reporters during the 25th Metro Manila Business Conference (MMBC) held at the Manila Hotel on July 27.

    Yao also said that expansion of production in Indonesia is ongoing, while in Vietnam, they are also about to start production of their Zest-O brands.

    “For our local expansion, we have health drinks like soya, milk and chocolate,” he added.

    Meanwhile, Yao is hoping that within this year the company’s illegal patent issue with China will be resolved.

    About five years ago, Yao’s Zest-O brands encountered illegal patent issues in China.

    The local beverage conglomerate has already established a plant in China but its operation was stalled because of the patent issue. Yao expects the case in China to be settled within this year.


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