* Chye Tau Kway/Fried carrot cake is a popular hawker favourite fried radish cake.
Your usual Chye Tau Kway will no longer be the same in future.
Most Singaporeans lament the fact that the carrot cake we’re familiar with is no longer the same as the good ol’ days, the carrot cake we eat is made with pre-made radish cake that is from a supplier.
One reason for this was for stall operators to cut short the time-consuming process of making the radish cake from scratch.
But with the launch of a new Lean Enterprise Development (LED) project, product development time will be cut by as much as half, which means suppliers can produce food products more efficiently.
Which means, food stall operators like your Chye Tau Kway uncle might just get his supplies faster and perhaps, cheaper.
Meeting Manpower Demand
A number of SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) face limited manpower resources today. This also means they don’t have a dedicated team of Food Technologists specialising in food innovation research and development (R&D).
The new LED project was conceptualised to help SMEs overcome such major challenges in their food product innovation and development.
At the launch event on 21 November, Labour Chief Chan Chun Sing said the LED project will help SMEs in the food and manufacturing industry bring products out to the market faster, and train employees for higher-value roles.
“In Asia Pacific, the market for food will continue to grow fast especially for the middle class… They demand quality food, food they can trust and that’s affordable. And that’s where Singapore’s advantage comes in.”
– NTUC Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing
Employees within the SMEs will also be equipped with skills to take on higher value roles like product development specialists and food technologists.
The project is a joint effort by NTUC U Associate, Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology (SIFST).
During the launch, the SIFST and NTUC signed a memorandum of understanding making the former, NTUC’s 41st U Associate.
The collaboration aims to develop more structured training programmes to continue the development of food technologists.
Through this, it is hoped that the growing PMET (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) workforce can achieve greater Growth, forge stronger Relationships and open up new Opportunities in their respective sectors through mobilising its Labour Movement network of unions, U Associates, SMEs and Freelancers.