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Company Formation Singapore



Set Up a Food Processing Company in Singapore

Updated on Monday 18th December 2017

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Food-processing-in-SingaporeThe food industry in Singapore

The food and beverage and the food processing industries are two of the most developed sectors of the Singapore economy as the Government has granted many incentives to foreign investors coming to set up restaurants and other types of establishments here. There are over 4,500 restaurants and food processing companies operating in Singapore at the moment. Also, this industry employs around 70,000 individuals.

The Government continues to support the food segment as it was its aim to transform the city-state into an “oriental gastronomic capital”. Whether investing in innovation or higher quality standards, foreign investors seeking to open food processing establishments in Singapore can benefit from various incentives.

You can also find out from the video below the main steps to take when opening a food processing business in Singapore:

Our specialists in company registration in Singapore can provide you with complete information about the current development programs for the food and beverages industry.

How to set up a Singapore food processing business

Before starting to operate a food processing company one must choose the appropriate premises and then register the business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore. Our Singapore experts can help you with the company registration process. One must know there are several types of companies of the same class they can set up:

  • -          food processing establishments;
  • -          cold houses;
  • -          slaughter houses.

For each type of company there are different licensing requirements. Food processing licenses are issued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

Steps for obtaining a food processing license in Singapore

All food processing establishments must comply with the regulations of the Wholesome Meat and Fish Act, Sale of Food Act. In order to obtain the food processing license one must submit the following documentation with the AVA:

  • -          the premises layout plan;
  • -          a description of the food processing process;
  • -          details about the products to be processed;
  • -          proof of fee payments.

Based on these documents, the AVA will inspect the premises. During the final inspection, the company must present AVA representatives with the following documents:

  • -          a maintenance program;
  • -          a cleaning a sanitation program;
  • -          a waste management program;
  • -          a pest control program;
  • -          details about the transportation of finished products;
  • -          details about the qualifications of the employees;
  • -          details about the hygiene officer;
  • -          a copy of the lease agreement.

Based on these the AVA will give a classification graded from A to D. The classification inspection is done on a yearly basis.

For complete information about opening a food processing company in Singapore, do not hesitate to contact our local agents.



  • Terry 2016-03-14

    Nice article on the food processing industry!

    Hello Terry! Thank you! Have a great day!

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