Japanese food maker Kewpie Corporation will open a halal food factory in Malaysia with plans to make it an export hub to Muslims in Indonesia and the Middle East.
Kewpie is the first Japanese company to open a factory in an industrial park specifically for Islamic goods and products. The governor attended the opening ceremony in the state of Melaka on Thursday.
Malaysia has the only certification system in the world for halal products.
Halal food refers to products following Islamic dietary guidelines.
Kewpie has received halal certification from the Malaysian government. It plans to produce mayonnaise and other food products without using ingredients prohibited by Islamic law. Muslim managers will supervise production lines.
The company is aiming for 22 million dollars in sales in Malaysia in 5 years, and then hopes to export to Indonesia and the Middle East.
Kewpie Malaysia managing director Daizaburo Asada said he wants to achieve success in Malaysia first and expand further after the brand is recognized in the region.