ARMM wants to supply cassava, cassava flour from Marawi to Nestlé’s MILO plant

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  • ARMM wants to supply cassava and cassava flour from Lanao del Sur to Nestlé Philippines’s MILO plant in Batangas
  • Nestlé Philippines announced that its processing plant will soon start its operation
  • The company is looking for sources of around 70,000 metric tons of cassava every year

The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) made known its readiness to supply cassava and cassava flour to Nestlé Philippines’ Protomalt processing plant. Protomalt is the key ingredient in MILO chocolate and malt drink.

“We have discussed with the ARMM economic cluster agencies that the ARMM has a great economic opportunity with the establishment of the Nestlé protomalt plant, whose main ingredient is cassava, because we are the country’s biggest producer of cassava,” lawyer Ishak Mastura, chairman and managing head of RBOI-ARMM, said.

A deal to supply Nestlé Philippines with cassava would help in the rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City devastated by the on-going war there between the military and terrorists.

As mentioned in the Manila Bulletin story dated July 23, 2017, Nestlé Philippines Chief Executive Officer Jacques Reber informed Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol that the company’s Protomalt processing plant in Lipa, Batangas will soon start its operation.

Reber said the company is looking for sources of about 70,000 metric tons of cassava every year.

According to Nestlé Philippines official website, at present, Protomalt for MILO manufactured in the Philippines is sourced from Singapore, where the Nestlé Group’s biggest malt plant is located.