Three-A Resources, a Malaysian investment holding company involved in the manufacturing of food and beverage ingredients, is set to commence operations at its factory in China this month.

The China plant is a 50:50 joint venture between Asian agribusiness group, Wilmar International and Three-A Resources.

As at 31 December 2011, the company invested MYR7.8m ($2.54m) in the overseas plant, which will manufacture food and beverage ingredients such as hydrolysed vegetable protein (HVP).

HVP is a food flavour enhancer present in variety of processed foods, including soups, sauces, dips, dressings, seasoning and snack food.

Three-A Resources chairman Datuk Mohd Nor Abdul Wahid said that construction for the plant in China and commissioning has been on schedule.

"But we will need a gestation period of six to seven months. Let us go through a year first," he added.

Besides this new move, Three-A Resources announced that it has a buyer to take up the additional capacity of 4,000t through its second caramel plant, that was commissioned in November 2011.

The company said that it is currently in the process of finalizing details with the potential buyer.

Founded in 1977 and based in Seri Sungai Buloh, Malaysia, Three-A Resources has two wholly-owned subsidiaries – San Soon Seng Food Industries and Three-A Food Industries.

The company’s product portfolio includes liquid caramel, caramel colour, caramel powder, high maltose syrup, natural fermented vinegar, soya protein sauce, distilled vinegar, glucose syrup, rice vinegar, hydrolyzed vegetable protein powder and soya sauce powder.

It also manufactures maltodextrin, an ingredient used in beverages including three-in-one sachets of instant coffee, condensed milk and chocolate drinks.

Three-A Resources exports its products mainly to countries such as Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, and US.