The Nebico’s Biscuit Factory in Kathmandu’s Balaju Industrial Area has reopened for business. The Nebico’s Biscuit Factory, which had been shuttered since August 7 due to a fire, reopened on Wednesday.
In the initial phase, the company’s Chief Executive Director, Keshav Bhattarai, stated that the goal is to produce only 16 tonnes per day. He said that production was lower than before since the machine had been completely wrecked by the fire. He also stated that 20 to 22 tonnes of biscuits were produced on a daily basis.
He further stated that the damage caused by the fire is believed to be in the region of Rs. 220 million. He said that Rs. 120 million was spent on raw materials, while the rest was spent on machines and residences. He also stated that full data of the machine and house damage had not yet been received.
Nebico’s Pvt. Ltd. was Nepal’s first biscuit manufacturer. For the past 58 years, Nebico has been selling its products on the market. When international firms’ biscuits were not allowed into Nepal, Nebico’s Thin Arrowroot, Glucose, and Coconut Biscuits reigned.
NEBICO Private Limited was founded in 1964 (2021 BS) by late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev as the National Biscuit and Company Private Limited. It later changed its name to its current form in 1968. However, due to machinery issues, the corporation did not begin its production process until 2023 BS.
NEBICO began operations as a biscuit and confectionary maker in Nepal in 1967, occupying 73000 square feet of land in the Balaju Industrial Corridor in Kathmandu. NEBICO’s production began with a capacity of six metric tonnes per day, and in 1968, it raised its capacity from two to ten metric tonnes per day. It partnered with Britannia Industries Limited, India’s premier biscuit company, for technical and manufacturing purposes in 1980, and eventually joined the Stock Company. The company is currently operating two shifts (eight-hour shift basis) and its yearly production is estimated to be around 2400 metric tonnes, according to 2001 data.
The global compact firm has also been subscribed to by the ISO 9001:2000 certified company. The company, which began manufacturing with semi-automated equipment, now controls about 70% of the overall market share in the Kathmandu valley, and it wants to extend its market by expanding into fresh locations as part of its objective to deliver high-quality biscuits throughout Nepal. In places like Chitwan, Butwal, and the hilly districts of western Nepal, the company’s products enjoy a large market. Its market, on the other hand, is relatively poor in the country’s eastern regions.
The company, which began with the goal of offering quality and quantity for the complete pleasure of its beloved customers, continues to dominate the market as a major biscuit and confectionary manufacturer. Thin arrowroot, malt glucose, khaja, marie, lovely, coconut crunches, rhino, and digestion biscuits are among the company’s products.