Want to take your food manufacturing business to the next level, and bring your products overseas? The vibrant food manufacturing industry in Singapore has these programmes and resources to keep your business competitive and thriving.
The Food Manufacturing Industry Digital Plan (IDP) comprises a three-stage digital roadmap that charts out the different digital solutions food manufacturing SMEs can adopt at each stage of their business growth and digital maturity:
To make it easier for SMEs to embark on your digitalisation journeys, you can make use of an online self-assessment checklist to better understand your business’ digital maturity and readiness, as well as identify gaps in your digital capabilities. It takes into consideration factors such as the SME’s current business operations, level of digitalisation and business expansion plans. The checklist is accessible here.
To ensure that workers are also equipped with the right skills to stay relevant and support the SME’s digitalisation journey, the IDP also includes a Digital Training Roadmap to guide the industry in preparing their workforce with the necessary skills to adopt digital solutions.
SMEs can visit GoBusiness Gov Assist for the list of pre-approved solutions under the IDP that are supported by the Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG).
Use the resources under the FoodInnovate initiative to develop and adopt technology in your food manufacturing business.
You can work with multinational corporations, local small and medium-sized enterprises, food science experts, and industry associations to develop and commercialise new products. You can also access shared facilities to test new ideas and get support to venture into emerging areas such as food-tech and agri-tech.
Find out more here.
Kick-start your business transformation journey and diversify your revenue streams with YummySG!
A joint food-retail incubator initiative with NTUC FairPrice Marketplace, YummySG! provides local food companies the opportunity to sell and test-bed your new-to-market food products on FairPrice Online, which is visited by over 1.5 million shoppers monthly. Tap the online sales data and valuable consumer insights to guide your decision in launching new products onto other retail platforms.
Find out more about YummySG! or submit your interest to come on board YummySG! here.
Retail your food gift products at Changi Airport’s Singapore Food Gifts – aisles that showcase Singapore food in Terminals 1 and 4. This is an opportunity for your business to join the growing global food gift market that is projected to grow to S$96 billion by 2020.
This joint initiative by Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association (SFMA) and local airport retailer Focus Network Agencies is a chance for you to promote Singapore food in a prime location with high tourist traffic. You can also participate in their marketing campaigns.
Learn more about the opportunities for retail at the Singapore Food Gifts in Changi Airport.
All food manufacturers know the importance of food safety to their business. As you innovate and develop your food products to cater to the local and international markets, you should adopt relevant food safety standards to maintain the quality and trust in your products and processes. These standards include ISO 22000: Food Safety Management System, and Global Food Safety Initiatives (GFSI) such as FSSC 22000 Food Safety Systems.
Learn about why standards matter in the food industry, and how they can help your business expand into new markets and boost customer confidence, just like what they did for SMC Food 21.
Find out more about standards relating to the Food industry here.
Start Digital is an initiative, in collaboration with IMDA, under the SMEs Go Digital programme to help SMEs adopt digital solutions right from the start.
New companies often prioritise business development and profit generation. As a result, operations management may take a backseat. By digitalising early, you can better focus and capture opportunities for your business without being constrained by day-to-day operations.
With our Start Digital Pack, SMEs can get access to modular digital solutions that will help accelerate their start up process and business growth. For more information, visit www.imda.gov.sg/StartDigital.