80 years old and still running

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020

Participants taking off at the start of the Hacks Sweet Run at the Barkath Group of Companies plant in Bukit Minyak Industrial Area.

AFTER eight decades operating in Penang, premier food maker Barkath Group of Companies is still expanding its business to remain competitive.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Seri Barkath Ali Abu Backer said the company had added oyster sauce and razor shavers to its range of products.

He said the oyster sauce would be branded as a Barkath product while the shavers would be marketed under the brand Ice, sold as disposables and with cartridges.

“We have a channel of over 30,000 distributors, wholesalers and retailers throughout the country.”

Barkath Ali said that the company was keen to diversify its range to meet the growing expectations of customers.

He said Malaysians were already familiar with the Hacks sweets and Sunquick drinks produced by the company.

He added that the firm would incorporate more nutritional content into its food products.

Chief operating officer Loh Gim Huat said the male personal hygiene market was worth up to RM100 million per year while the food sauce market was worth up to RM50 million per year.

Barkath Ali and Loh were speaking to reporters at the Hacks Sweet Run at their plant in Bukit Minyak Industrial Area. The run was flagged off by Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong.

Also present were Barkath Group of Companies deputy CEO Anwar Kabir and Najcom Sdn Bhd director Datuk Haja Najmudeen Abdul Kader.

The 6km run was organised to mark the firm’s 80th anniversary. It attracted about 2,000 participants.

Earlier, Barkath Ali in his speech said the company had a humble beginning in 1940.

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