Serdang Bedagai, Thursday, February 6, 2020
The Tilapia fish processing operations of Regal Springs Indonesia (RSI) in Lubuk Naga, Serdang Bedagai, North Sumatra, comply with all local and national regulations in Indonesia, as well as additional standards set by the company for the processing of Naturally Better Tilapia and its sale in the market.
“As a vertically integrated business, we implement a Quality Assurance and Good Manufacturing Practices model throughout all stages of production to manage safety standards, quality, traceability, harvesting, processing, and final products,” explained Joko Suhendro, the Processing Plant Manager, during a media visit to the factory on Thursday (6/2).
Joko elaborated that the fish are transported alive to the plant from Lake Toba and processed within a few hours. “Every Naturally Better Tilapia is hand-filleted, trimmed, inspected, and packaged into ready-to-cook final products,” added Joko.
“We process approximately 115 tons of Tilapia fish daily at our plant in Lubuk Naga. We have around 1200 employees working in the processing facility. Our team has been trained to adhere to Regal Springs’ standards, including compliance with all applicable regulations in Indonesia, and they are trained to meet health and safety requirements,” concluded Joko.
Regal Springs Indonesia, formerly known as PT AquaFarm Nusantara, is a responsible aquaculture and processing company based in Medan. In June 2019, Regal Springs Indonesia launched a comprehensive 5-year integrated sustainability program called KAMI PEDULI Regal Springs. This program has set ambitious operational standards and new sustainability initiatives, all aimed at producing a range of Naturally Better Tilapia products. The goal is to ensure that Regal Springs Naturally Better Tilapia products meet the highest quality standards for both domestic and export markets.
Currently, Regal Springs’ Naturally Better Tilapia in Indonesia holds certifications from the British Retail Consortium for Good Manufacturing Practices, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Farming for Responsible Aquaculture, ASC Chain of Custody for Traceability, ASC Social Module for Social Standards in Aquaculture, Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) & Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) for Responsible Aquaculture, as well as Ethical Trading & Social Compliance for Factory Social Standards.
During the visit, journalists were guided to tour the factory facilities and hatcheries.
Regal Springs Indonesia operates in North Sumatra and Central Java, employing approximately 4,000 employees, most of whom are recruited from surrounding villages.