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#LocalBrandsSnapshot 02: Dates

Wong Shu Lee  


  May 15, 2021

#LocalBrandsSnapshot is a column to introduce homegrown brands, labels, and entrepreneurs that are worth mentioning. Readers’ suggestions are welcomed. Write to us at admin@zom-in.com if you want to recommend your favourite homegrown brands. 


Salam Aidilfitri! One of the essential foods during puasa month is dates. When we talk about dates, there must be a few local dates manufacturers or distributors that pop up in your mind. Today, we will introduce some of these dates brands that originate from Malaysia. 


Mahnaz Food



Mahnaz Food is one of those brands that sell dates all year long. It is one of the biggest importers dedicated to distributing, processing, and packaging of high-quality Nuts, Dried Fruit, Health Foods, Juice, Oil, Confectionery, Spices, and much more. Mahnaz Food proudly offers over 2700 SKU’s in the market. 


The company has been established in 1996 and has continued growing yearly in Malaysia. It has over 14 branches throughout the country and supplies various supermarkets & stores. 


It is a highly reputable and popular brand, mainly for Dates. Mahnaz Food offers a high variety of dates, coming in multiple types of packaging. 


Yusuf Taiyoob



Another brand that many are familiar with is Yusuf Taiyoob. Yusuf Taiyoob Sdn. Bhd. was established in the year 1988 and is a privately owned company based in Penang, Malaysia.


It is well known internationally and locally as a leading importer and distributor of dried fruits and nuts, dates, bakery ingredients, spices, beans and pulses, herbal soaps, and many other food ingredients and consumer products. 


Its distribution hub has a modern storage and distribution facility located on the mainland at Bukit Minyak, Penang which accommodates 7,000 metric tonnes in cold storage and 1,000 metric in ambient storage for all types of food and non food products. 




In fact, dates are very healthy fruit to include in your diet, even not during puasa month. They are high in several nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants, all of which may provide health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease.


There are several ways to add dates to your diet. One popular way to eat them is as a natural sweetener in various dishes. They also make a great snack.


Do you like eating dates? Let’s share with us your favourite way of consuming dates! 


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