One More Manufacturing Co Ltd on Saturday officially inaugurated “Mee Chiet” an instant-noodle processing factory with a production capacity of 150 million packages per year.

The factory, which is located in Kouk Roka commune’s Trapaing Por village in the capital’s Prek Pnov district, will produce noodles in three flavours – caramelised beef stew, stir-fried minced pork, and chicken soup.

The flavours have all undergone thorough research to ensure that they are suitable for the Cambodian palate.

One More Manufacturing director Choeung Sokhunteavy said the investment was made in line with Cambodia’s economic growth as food demand gradually increases.

She said the factory – which uses advanced machinery and technology from Japan – would significantly contribute to the development of the domestic food sector, reduce its dependence on imports, and create a lot of employment opportunities for locals.

“It is the right time for Cambodia to have a local food processing plant to cater to the needs of more than 16 million people, and reduce dependence on foreign or neighbouring production chains,” she said, adding that Mee Chiet brand noodles are made with “utmost care”.

She declined to disclose the capital investment in the factory.

Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth, who presided over the ceremony, voiced his support for the plant, saying that it is a contribution from the private sector to Cambodia’s economic development.

The factory will diversify the Kingdom’s economic base, create employment opportunities and generate wealth for the people, the minister said.

However, he called on all investors to consider the potential negative impact of their investments – their environmental, legal and social consequences.

“I urge all private companies to focus not on profits alone, but to make every effort to ensure that [their operations] comply with environmental laws and standards, tax payments to the state and utmost social responsibility,” he said.

Keo Mom, the CEO of Ly Ly Food Industry Co Ltd, one of the Kingdom’s largest food processing factories, welcomed the launch of the “Mee Chiet” factory.

She said such an investment would bring more positive things for Cambodia’s economic growth.

“The investment can be said to be fruitful because it will not only reduce imports but also increase national income and employment opportunities for locals,” she said.