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Beyond Borders - Part 3

Passion, integrity, commitment and loyalty

The bustling city state of Singapore is home to DMPL employees Cindy Tan and Candy Chan. Both are in their prime, and have, between them, logged nearly 10 years of service with the company. Cindy, our financial controller, is a member of Singapore's ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Candy, an executive assistant, provides support to the Management team.

“We love our jobs!” say Candy and Cindy, and are happy to “contribute to operational efficiency.” Candy stresses “passion, integrity, commitment and loyalty” are key qualities of effective workers. Cindy believes “colleagues must communicate and care for each other.” And what better way to show loyalty than “make sure that our families buy Del Monte products?”

“Employee Day” in Shenton Way. On the first working day of the year, DMPL employees got together to mark their 1st “Employee Day”, a day dedicated to strengthening work relationships and office harmony. Cindy Tan says: “We had a great time together; everyone had a chance to get to know colleagues better.”

On the double. Efforts on-the-job have been very rewarding for devoted moms Candy and Cindy. Both hard-working executives supplement the income of their working husbands and share the cost of running their household - from groceries to children's tuition. It's a big help that their homes are just an hour or less (by train or car) from the office, and that they have trusted family members to pitch in during work hours. Cindy's mother-in-law looks after her two daughters and son (aged 14, 11 and 10) while Candy's Filipina helper Mila (from Cebu) takes care of Ryan, 9, and Royston, 4 months. Both enjoy helping their kids do schoolwork. On days when workload is lighter, they read bedtime stories to the kids or catch up on their reading. Weekends are “perfect for watching movies, cycling, or just enjoying the sea-breeze and building sand castles.”

Far beyond the Great Wall

In a country that is home to over 1.3 billion (the world's largest population) and fast becoming a global economic superpower, the family business is taking root.

DMPL acquired its first company outside the Philippines. The Great Lakes (Tianjin) Fresh Foods & Juice Co. Ltd., had been in China - the world's top apple producer - a decade earlier processing apples using technology from an American parent company.

Located in the northern port city of Tianjin, near Beijing, the factory produces premium apple and other fruit juices under the Great Lakes, Ming Lang and Huanyan brands. The company also produces the Rougemont and Welch's brands for industrial partners. Here, over one hundred workers man state-of-the-art equipment that wash, chop and press apples and other fruits, filter and pasteurize extracted juice, and bottle or vacuum pack them to seal in the freshness without preservatives.

Its sister company, the Great Lakes (Qinhuangdao) Fresh Foods & Juice Co. Ltd., was acquired in 2005. The plant, located in urban Lulong district, also produces apple-based products like concentrate, sauces, purees and slices. Qinhuangdao is a port city near Beijing and is the gateway to the Great Wall of China.

These two Great Lakes companies are now wholly owned by DMPL subsidiary Abpak Company Ltd. Abpak operates a strong distribution network across 60 cities in China with sales offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

The challenge of the future stretches far beyond the Great Wall: more new products, wider global reach, and higher OEM production (processing and selling products for strategic partners). And with a population that's almost 20 times as large as ours, the possibilities could be endless.

For Liu Zhonghua, 35, and Sabrina Sun, 28, Great Lakes is “family.” And wherever you are, “you help keep the family together.”

Engineer Liu, who started her career in Great Lakes as laboratory assistant and later on became Quality Control Manager, explains: “I've learned much from my job and I share knowledge with my team.” The past decade has seen the company through many “great milestones” - from launching new projects (MingLang juice series, fruit squirtz, diced apple, sieved apple sauce) to gaining HACCP accreditation that affirms Great Lake's compliance with international food quality standards.

Product Manager Sabrina Sun, on the other hand, works mostly out of the company's new office in Beijing's prosperous Chao Yang district promoting an expanding product line. Whether it's optimizing a product formula, turning out a new packaging design, analyzing sales trends or bridging salesmen (in the Beijing office) with production planners (in the Tianjin factory), it's always a “100% do-your-best performance.”

Sabrina appreciates the “break” from HR to Marketing early in her career. She loves the challenge of “leading brand growth” and says she has truly found her niche in Great Lakes.

Work-life Balance. A rewarding job gives fresh lifestyle options to working couple Zhonghua and husband Li Guoying. They enjoy the equally rewarding job of parenting their five-year old daughter Li Shiyu, driving her to school everyday, and playing with her, while still finding time for themselves. Zhonghua's parents who live in another province welcome the monthly allowance she sends for household and medical expenses.

Keeping in touch. Now that she's based in Beijing, Sabrina who's single enjoys the independence of renting her own place. Her parents, both retired, and twin sister, a sales agent in a glass factory, remain in Tianjin. On weekends however, she makes it a point to “always go back to Tianjin to see my family.”

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