GARDENIA Bakeries Philippines Inc. (GBPI) announced an investment of nearly P1 billion in a fully automated bread-manufacturing plant in Mindanao to serve the continuously growing bread demand in the south.
This latest investment by the bread-maker completes GBPI’s manufacturing footprint nationwide as it already has factories in Luzon and the Visayas.
In a statement, GBPI President Jun Umali said the facility would be put up on a 2.5-hectare land in the Philippine Veterans Investment Development Corp. Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental, adjacent to Cagayan de Oro. The hub expands the firm’s footprint down South.
According to Umali, their Mindanao plant will feature robotics and technologies in modern baking sourced from bakery equipment suppliers abroad. The factory will have a total capacity of producing 130,000 loaves and buns a day.
“Currently, Gardenia already distributes in Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Surigao and Zamboanga del Norte coming from its plant in Cebu,” Umali said. “But there is still a big potential for the market.”
The Mindanao plant is GBPI’s third-largest manufacturing plant in the country with the first and the biggest plants situated in Laguna for Luzon market’s bread demand, and second in Cebu for the Visayas market.