Local foodtech start-ups SilverConnect and Alchemy Foodtech
partner with Boon Tong Kee and Yu Kee Group to provide 5,000 healthy meals for elderly during Chinese New Year, funded by Heritas Cares
Heritas Capital, through its impact-in-action initiative Heritas Cares, has collaborated with its portfolio foodtech companies Alchemy Foodtech and SilverConnect, and renowned local F&B eateries, Boon Tong Kee and My Kampung by Yu Kee Group, to distribute over 5,000 healthy and delicious meals to the elderly in nursing homes and daycare centres over the Chinese New Year festive season.
Paving the way for collaborative partnerships and the spirit of giving together
As part of Heritas Cares initiative, Heritas Capital has brought together local foodtech start-ups Alchemy Foodtech and SilverConnect to provide healthy and delicious meals for the elderly over the Chinese New Year period. Over 5,000 meals will be delivered to nursing homes and daycare centres across the island including Ling Kwan Home, PeaceHaven Nursing Home, Ren Ci, St Luke’s ElderCare and Tsao Foundation’s Hua Mei Centres.
Alchemy Foodtech is working with Boon Tong Kee and My Kampung by Yu Kee Group to distribute chicken rice bentos, made healthier with Alchemy Fibre™️. Alchemy Fibre™️ is a patented blend of plant-based ingredient that helps slow down the glucose release of refined carbohydrate foods. Alchemy Fibre™️ can be added to various types of carbohydrates, including white rice. With diabetes highly prevalent in Asia, Alchemy’s solutions aim to tackle diabetes not just in Singapore but across the region. “We are glad to join hands with our investor, Heritas Capital to give back to our local communities. Alchemy Foodtech has been working with many other F&B establishments all over Singapore to roll out dishes made healthier with Alchemy Fibre™️ and we are grateful to our partners in joining us for this initiative. We hope that through our efforts in giving back, we can also help to raise awareness of the impact of healthy dietary habits on health,” said Verleen Goh, Co-Founder and CTO of Alchemy Foodtech.
SilverConnect will be providing its moulded pureed bento meals suitable for elderly with difficulty in swallowing food or dysphagia, so that they will also be able to enjoy tasty meals this festive season. Under the brand of GentleFoods®, SilverConnect creates moulded pureed versions of local Singapore food suitable for people with dysphagia. With an ageing population in Singapore and across Asia, number of dysphagic patients is expected to increase. SilverConnect's solutions serves to address an unmet need in the dysphagic population to enhance patients' appetite and joy of consuming food, leading to better nutrition, health and immunity. “Our products are created with elderly suffering from dysphagia in mind as we like them to enjoy their meals like the rest of the elderly. During COVID-19 lockdown last year, our pureed bento meals were sent to many nursing homes via the support of Heritas Cares and many other kind donors, and this has benefitted the residents as visitation was not allowed then. This CNY festive season, again, with the support of Heritas Cares, we hope that our bento meals will bring happiness and good health to them.” said Shen Yiru, Founder of SilverConnect.
“We are excited to see the most innovative of SG foodtech starts-ups partner with the most established of SG F&B brands such as NTUC Foodfare, Boon Tong Kee and My Kampung by Yu Kee Group to provide healthy and delicious meals for our pioneer generation, to bring them wellness and joy during this festive season,” Janet Chia, Director at Heritas Capital. “Heritas Cares will continue to create and fund initiatives in partnership with our portfolio companies to benefit local communities together with like-minded stakeholders.”
About Heritas Capital
Heritas Capital is a Singapore-based private equity and venture capital investment firm that invests in fast-growing companies across the healthcare, education and technology sectors. Guided by our investment philosophy, “Invest with Purpose, Impact Across Generations”, Heritas Capital backs innovative companies to become emerging champions and drive inclusive growth that improves the lives of local communities while delivering sustainable returns to investors. For more information, visit https://www.heritascapital.com/
Heritas Cares is an impact-in-action initiative by Heritas Capital to raise awareness of unmet social needs and to create and catalyse positive impact to the well-being of the local communities and stakeholders. Heritas Cares achieves these impact goals by forging partnerships with its portfolio companies and other stakeholders to combine our respective competencies and networks to create bigger impact, together.
About Alchemy Foodtech
Alchemy Foodtech is a Singapore government-backed food innovation company focusing on the fight against the global diabetes epidemic by turning daily carbohydrates into healthier options through proprietary food sciences and technologies. Alchemy Foodtech’s key innovation is Alchemy Fibre™, a patented powder blend of 100% plant-based ingredients which makes carbs healthier by slowing down the glucose release of refined carbohydrates when added to the cooking process of refined carbohydrates, like rice. Alchemy Fibre™️ does not result in a change in taste, colour and texture of foods and this versatility of Alchemy Fibre™️ enables its use in wide applications ranging from disease prevention to management. Alchemy Fibre™️ is available in different blends for various cooking and preparation needs. To learn more, visit www.alchemyfoodtech.com. Connect with Alchemy Foods on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
GentleFoods® is a registered trademark of SilverConnect Pte Ltd. We create puréed moulded food that is familiar, safe and nutritious. Our food aims to stimulate the appetite with the way it looks, tastes and smells, bringing the joy of food back into the lives of people with swallowing difficulties. We believe the food that one enjoyed must always remain the food that one continues to enjoy. Working tirelessly with hospitals, speech therapists, dieticians and food technologists, we have created GentleFoods® to be both nutritious and appetising, to make people with swallowing difficulties 'feel hungry again'. GentleFoods® offers ready-to-eat frozen meals and bulk packs. The nurturance, thoughtfulness and committed culture at GentleFoods® aims to bring back the positive and joyous relationship with food. For more information, please log on to https://www.mygentlefoods.com/. Connect with GentleFoods on Instagram and Facebook.