GoodMorning Global Group, Malaysia’s largest nutritional multigrain and biotechnology company, has secured a record RM20 million from over 1,000 investors in a single equity crowdfunding (ECF) campaign, as recognised by the Malaysian Book of Records. Funds raised in this round will go towards accelerating biotechnology and food technology research whilst supporting the brand’s prospective IPO listing over the next two years.

Dato Dr Lim Sin Boon, Chairman of GoodMorning Global, said: “Beyond just being a significant company milestone, this recent ECF success is a testament to the industry’s readiness for a future food and alternative protein. We are now looking ahead at full force, to pioneer technological advancements that will put Malaysia at the forefront of this movement.”

(From the left, Tan Sri Tee Boon Kee, Tan Sri Lim Soon Peng, Dr Harcharan Singh Senior Vice President Industry Development Division for Bioeconomy Corporation, Datuk Seri Garry Chua, Mr Mohamed Najeeb Al Bulushi, Deputy Head of Mission, Sultanate of Oman to Malaysia, YB Chang Lih Kang Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Chairman of Company Dato’ Dr Lim Sin Boon, and wife Datin Quake Siew Yen, CEO of GoodMorning Dr Charles Cheng Fang Chin, Board of Director Tan Sri Ting Chew Peh, UTAR President Ir Prof Dato’ Dr Ewe Hong Tat at the 15th-anniversary Gala) | Photo by GoodMorning Global/NHA File Photo

The landmark achievement was announced at GoodMorning Global’s 15th anniversary gala, where its subsidiary, GoodMorning Bio Industries, also received Bio-Based Accelerator (BBA) status from the Malaysian Bioeconomy Corporation, bringing it a step closer to prestigious Bio-Nexus status. Providing more comprehensive access to funding and knowledge programmes, the certification is expected to help GoodMorning Global ramp up product research and development to better meet Malaysia’s growing demand for the consumption and export of plant-based protein products.

In his address as the gala’s keynote speaker, YB Chang Lih Kang, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, lauded the accreditation as timely. He expressed confidence in the group’s potential to attain Bio-Nexus status and evolve into a leading global biotechnology and food technology multinational corporation. He complimented the company’s foresight in addressing the pressing global challenges of food crises, climate change, and the development of “future food” through affordable and nutritional balanced plant-based protein products — with GoodMorning Global poised to become Malaysia’s first food technology unicorn.

Further aligned with this, GoodMorning Global has signed Memorandums of Cooperation with its collaborative research partners, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TAR UMT), and its Middle Eastern trading partner in Sultanate of Oman, Eastern Arrow LLC.

The strategic partnerships will set in motion collaborative research projects to expand the local “future food and alternative protein” industry for greater food security. Additionally, it also aims to position Malaysia as a regional scientific hub to mitigate the pressing global challenges of climate-induced food crises. All parties align to promote affordable sustainable food solutions as a means to tackle the domestic high inflation and living costs.

MOC signing session onstage with representatives from UTAR, TAR UMT, and Eastern Arrow LLC. | Photo by GoodMorning Global/NHA File Photo

While global challenges to food security have emerged more aggressively, such as rapid urbanisation and climate change, GoodMorning Global sees this as a catalyst for innovation and transformation as part of global efforts contributing towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, we are actively participating in more cross-industry collaborations — facilitating knowledge exchanges is key to ensuring that the Malaysian food and biotech industries nurture a brighter future of food with plant-based solutions and provide sustainable food solutions for now and beyond. In GoodMorning, we have a dream, and that is to end hunger and no one should go to bed hungry,” expressed Dr. Charles Cheng Fang Chin, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of GoodMorning Global.

In the second half of the year, GoodMorning Global is poised to further grow its market share from the current 70 per cent. On top of its existing catalogue, the brand aims to officially launch its very first flagship product in future food and alternative protein – WonderMeat, Malaysia’s very first affordable dry-mix complete nutrition plant-based meat. The product is partly subsidised by the GoodMorning Vision Fund and is slated for release to the public in Q4 2023.

Source: GoodMorning Global

Reported by: News Hub Asia 31 July 2023
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