Engrain forms joint venture with RFM

by World Grain staff
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MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Engrain recently announced that it has signed an agreement to team up with Philippines-based food and beverage company RFM Corporation. The joint venture, Engrain-RFM Pacific, Inc., will test, market, sell and distribute enzyme-enhanced pasta, baking and milling products within Southeast Asia.

“The joint venture allows RFM to further upgrade its quality flour and baking products with the modern enzyme technologies from Engrain, as well as market such innovations to other flour millers in the country and the Asia Pacific region,” said Norman Uy, senior vice-president and general manager of RFM’s flour-based group.

Engrain initially assisted RFM, their first customer in Southeast Asia, with technology improvement to help lower input costs while maintaining and improving flour quality.

“From the beginning it’s been a great fit,” said Vaughn Studer, chief executive officer of Engrain. “They had a positive initial experience with our products and we benefit highly from their innovation, creativity and lab expertise. Our company philosophies are based on mutual trust and understanding, emphasizing the best quality products, value and customer service in the industry. Our organizations will most definitely complement one another in this equal partnership.”

The new venture will enable Engrain to increase their presence in the Pacific region. In turn, the partnership allows RFM to collaborate with Engrain customers and expand their technology and product offerings. RFM also offers a full-scale commercial lab for product testing which will be utilized when the companies manufacture existing products and create new products together.

RFM Corporation, formerly Republic Flour Mills, Inc., was established in 1958 and evolved from a single company producing bags of flour, to a multi-company enterprise managing numerous branded products that are highly visible in today’s consumer market. RFM is located in the capital city of Manila. For more information about RFM visit www.rfmfoods.com.
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