A COMPANY RAISES THE BAR IN THE LOCAL MEAT INDUSTRY
IT ISN’T EVERY DAY that a medium-scale company will go to great lengths to ensure that its entire production line is on equal footing with its Asian counterparts. Then again, homegrown RDF Feed, Livestock & Foods, Inc. (RDFFLFI) is more than your usual livestock and meat producer. RDFFLFI is a medium-scale agri-food system enterprise that has an integrated food supply chain that includes livestock breeding, feed manufacturing, meat processing, and distribution to food service delivery. Although it is a relatively young player in the industry, with only 28 years of experience under its belt compared to its counterparts, RDFFLFI’s sophisticated operations makes it more than ready to meet the demands of a free flowing market brought about by the ASEAN Economic Community.
Aside from its modernized food supply chain, RDFFLFI’s adherence to the strictest levels of international meat and food safety procedures ensure that all its products can hold their own in the region.
INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE DOMESTIC MARKET Based in the city of San Fernando in Pampanga province, RDFFLFI has meticulously taken steps so that Filipino homes and local business owners have access to superior meat and meat products that are at par with those imported from and produced overseas. RDFFLFI has constantly benchmarked itself against foreign counterparts and the ASEAN economic integration guidelines to ensure that its products are sufficient, sustainable, safe, and of high quality.
It takes more than automating systems and adopting ASEAN integration protocols to truly make a dent in changing the way Filipinos eat. As the only company-owned and company-operated (CO-CO) agri-food system business in the Philippines, RDFFLFI is able to maintain top-notch production standards across the whole supply chain by combining integration and innovation in their manufacturing practices, which guarantee customers fresh meat and other meat products that are safe, high quality, and give value for money.
The CO-CO system allows RDFFLFI’s team to closely monitor each stage of the production process. From its pool of expert veterinarians and food technologists, customized first-class feeds and veterinary goods, slaughterhouses and processing plants with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification, and efficient delivery systems, RDFFLFI’s streamlined organization ensures the manufacture of a consistently superior product. The company is among the very few in the local industry that immediately adopted HACCP standards when it started operations.
RDFFLFI is recognized for its astuteness and sensitivity to market needs. This has led to various product innovations such as its pre-cooked and cooked food that are best sellers for on-the-go city workers looking for convenient and affordable meals. This reflects its corporate mission of continuously satisfying the changing needs of the market by bringing in the highest quality food products while offering customized service experience that exceeds expectations.
The company also implemented an advanced waste management system and delved into the use of biogas alternative fuel to minimize its carbon footprint. As a result, RDFFLFI earned its first carbon credit from the Kyoto Protocol back in 2003.
The company was also awarded an IBM enterprise-level IT system grant in 2009, which propelled its process efficiency and distribution channels to new heights. The utilization of the Instant Quick Freezing method further bolstered the company’s food safety standards. This blast freezing technique quickly locks in the freshness of the meat at the production plant while preserving its quality and taste.
HOMEGROWN BRAND GOES ASEAN RDFFLFI can credit its deep understanding of consumer needs to its long years of work in the industry. This homegrown business traces its humble beginnings to 1985 when its president and CEO Robert Lo embarked on commercial quail egg production after a brief stint as a veterinary medicine doctor and instructor at the University of the Philippines. To further augment his quail egg business, the veterinarian cum entrepreneur engaged in poultry contract growing, supplying chickens to various established food distributors. Lo’s poultry business expanded to four farms but this rapid growth abruptly halted in 1991 when Mount Pinatubo erupted. His poultry farms, along with his dreams, were buried in lahar.