SUNGAI PETANI: AZ-One Industry (M) Sdn Bhd, a fruit juice and beverage producer and distributor based here, aims to double its daily production capacity to 10,000 bottles by the first quarter of next year.
Chairman Abd Aziz Hassan said the increase in production would be made possible with the purchase of a RM200,000 fully-automated filling machine at the company’s factory in Bakar Arang in Sungai Petani.
He added that the factory currently owned a semi-automatic filling machine, used to fill up the current daily production of 5,000 10-litre bottles and 2-litre bottles of grape, orange, lychee and mango fruit juices and syrup and sarsi cordial drinks.
He also said the company, which began operations eight years ago with a paid-up capital of RM300,000, had 12 staff, two of whom were specialists in food production technology and trained at Mardi.
Apart from the production of fruit juice, the company via its subsidiary AZ-One Marketing, also produced and distributed about 20 other food items for local consumption, he said at the soft launching of the company's products recently.
The company's fruit juices are marketed under the brand Jus Quick & Fresh. It also produces instant coffee, instant teh tarik and IgG milk chocolate booster, and recently added a new range of products under AZ Fibre Drink. He also said currently juices made by the company were being sent out to 40 school canteens and cafeterias at institutes of higher learning in Sungai Petani and Prai.
“Apart from that we also place our juices at pasar malams, restaurants and sell them via our appointed agents,” he said.