BCFoods taps soaring seasoning demand with new plant in China

The supplier of dehydrated vegetables, herbs and spices has seen its demand for noodle seasoning increase more than five times in 2020 in China alone.

According to Mike Liu, chairman of BCFoods, convenience and shelf-stable foods were popular last year as people ordered take-outs and cooked more at home.

Liu told FoodNavigator-Asia​ many brands in China saw sales peaked during the pandemic period. One example is La Mian Shuo, a premium instant noodle company.

It saw monthly revenues reach around RMB30m (US$4.6m) last year, compared to just RMB1m (US$155,000) in 2019.

Tapping on this upward trend, BCFoods is set to open a new seasoning plant in April 2021, located in Shandong province.

Supplying to restaurants and finished product companies, the new seasoning plant is expected to produce more than 100 million noodle sachet and 10 million jars (500g) of seasoning this year.

In addition, it will also sell direct to consumer on e-commerce, seasoning pouches such as black pepper sauce, mala sauce in 50 to 100g bags. Sold under its subsidiary brand, Culinary Farms, the aim is to produce 30 to 40 million pouches by year-end.

The new plant is expected to more than triple its revenue this year.

Recently in November 2020, BCFoods opened a dehydration facility in Hebei, China to supply dehydrated vegetables including onion, garlic, carrot, green and red bell peppers, and tomatoes.

The annual production capacity will reach 15,000 MTs within five years with expected annual sales revenue to be RMB200m (US$31m). It will be supplied to customers worldwide.