My favourite Julie's biscuits - Peanut Butter sandwich, Golden Crackers and the new Oat 25
The first stopover on day one of A Date with Bloggers 2012 in Malacca was a visit to our event's main sponsor, Perfect Food Manufacturing (M) Sdn. Bhd. where the famous Julie's Biscuit is manufactured.
The reason for my participation in this blogger event was a visit to Julie's biscuit factory. Its peanut butter sandwich has been my favourite since I was a kid. I truly looked forward to seeing how my favourite biscuit is made.
It was a humid Saturday morning, yet the factory was humming with activity when our busload of bloggers entered the colossal gates.
As we ascended the stairs to the conference room, I couldn't help admiring the unique walls of Julie's biscuit factory. The tiles were prints of Julie's biscuits. Cool!
After a briefing by the Management, each blogger was issued a white coat, a hairnet, shoenets and a mask. We started fooling around and taking photos after putting on the prescribed attire. :D
We looked like surgeons!
For hygiene and safety reasons, visitors are required to be properly attired. Bad news for bloggers : Photo taking/video taping is STRICTLY PROHIBITED inside their factory. -_-
Next came the actual tour! The first thing that welcomed us was the aroma! That feel-good, sweet-smelling, warm fragrance of oven-fresh biscuits! I took deep breaths and let the aroma filled me up. Such Heavenly smells!
The manufacturing area was extremely hot - about 40 degree Celsius. I respect the workers who have to work long hours in such hot temperature. I was drenched in perspiration 10 minutes into the tour. Free sauna and slimming! haha.....
I used to buy these tins of biscuits for my students' teatime snack
I watched dough being moulded into biscuits; peered into gigantic ovens that hissed; salivated at the biscuits sailing on endless waves of conveyor belts.
We were not allowed to touch the biscuits, it was pretty hard for me to control myself because the oven-fresh biscuits were too tempting as they sailed past me. :P
Perfect Food Manufacturing practised a philosophy that is, “what we don’t eat, we do not let other people eat”. I am pleased to learn that they do not add preservatives and do not use artificial colouring in their biscuits. They even filtered the water before they use it for baking.
A buffet of Nonya dishes
At the end of the tour, we were ushered to Julie's Cafe where a sumptious feast awaited us. Yes, they have a cosy little cafe in their factory.
ECL and hubby with the Filipino bloggers
Over lunch, I had a chat with Mr Ng Teng Chai, General Manager (Operations) of Perfect Food Manufacturing. I learnt that they have been donating to charities such as old folks homes, orphanages and schools for years. They also donated to victims of natural disasters such as tsunami in Indonesia and floods in China, Myanmar, Thailand and Pakistan.
In early 2011, Perfect Food Manufacturing started a movement called “Share-the-love” in Malaysia. Through this movement, they hope to share the passion and love they have for their company with the public. They hope everybody will express their love and care to people not only who are close to them but to whoever they come across.
After lunch, the Management and bloggers took some group photos. Each blogger was given samples of Julie's products. I was delighted to receive my peanut butter sandwich biscuits and Julie's famous Love Letters!
Crowds at Julie's during Singapore Food Expo 2012
Visiting Julie's biscuit factory was overall a great experience. I learnt about the stringent manufacturing process of their products through this tour and also had the opportunity to taste freshly baked biscuits right from their oven! :D
My colleagues were fortunate to taste Julie's classic and new products because I brought the biscuits straight to my office as soon as I returned to Singapore. I was mobilised for an urgent operation. Two days later, I was dismayed to find all my Julie's biscuits gone!
PERFECT FOOD MANUFACTURING SDN BHD
AG 6876, Alor Gajah Industrial Estate,
78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia
Telephone No : 606-556 1401
Telefax No : 606-556 5746