Paradise Foods Limited is the oldest established food manufacturing business in PNG and employing hundreds of Papua New Guineans.
In the early 1930’s, Robert McEwan and Captain R.O Mant, had bakeries in Wau and Salamaua in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea.
Capt. Mant was a pilot and found that flying didn’t leave him enough time to properly manage his bakery. In 1937, they became partners in a new company called Morobe Bakery Pty Ltd with ‘Scotty’ McEwan manager. Later that year the first ‘Morobeen’ brand biscuits were produced using an oil-fired oven. McEwan made the biscuit cutting machine by adapting an old pie-making machine. World War II interrupted their business, but after the war they both returned and Morobe Bakery resumed operations in Lae. In 1970, they built a new factory on the present site in Lae, and in 1972 Arnott’s Biscuits (Australia) Pty Ltd bought a majority share in the company.
Paradise Bakery started in Rabaul in 1948 when the Wong family ran a small bakery as part of their cafe. Mr. Wong started baking ‘Navy’ biscuits, cutting the biscuits by hand. Demand for Paradise Navy biscuits rapidly increased with shipments to mainland New Guinea. By 1967 they were so popular that the Wong family decided to build a biscuit factory in Port Moresby. In 1982, the family built another factory in Lae, giving Paradise Bakery a national production and distribution network.
In 1992, Arnott’s Biscuits Limited, (a fully owned company of Campbell’s Soups (USA)) purchased Paradise Bakery with Arnott’s Biscuits (PNG) Pty Ltd being officially formed bringing together the original and famous ‘Morobeen’ and ‘Paradise’ biscuit brands into one company.
The people of Papua New Guinea through Nambawan Super Limited and the Defense Force Retirement Benefits Fund combined owned 20% of the newly formed Arnott’s Biscuits (PNG) Pty Ltd, with Arnott’s Biscuits Limited owning the remaining 80%. A new factory was built and opened in the Nation’s Capital, Port Moresby in 1995 and to commemorate this, the popular ‘Arrow’ brand was re-launched on to the market. Campbell’s / Arnott’s injected both fresh capital and biscuit manufacturing expertise into the new venture, elevating the business to an international standard, and in addition to servicing the PNG domestic market, also began exporting the products to Australia and throughout the Pacific.
In July 2007, Campbell’s/Arnott’s sold their shares to the other two shareholders in the business, Nambawan Super and Comrade Trustees Services Limited resulting in a change of name to Paradise Foods Limited making it 100% PNG owned. Paradise Foods Limited manufactures a wide range of high quality food products to international standards (HACCP certified) including Biscuits, Snack foods, Beverages and Chocolates.
Board of Directors
Anthony Smare is the Chairman of Nambawan Super Limited, Papua New Guinea’s largest superannuation fund with 155,000 members and approximately 5 billion in assets. He is also a director of Paradise Foods Limited and Nationwide Microbank Limited. He is a former director of PNG Mineral Resources Authority, Telikom PNG Limited and a former chairman of Bemobile Limited. Anthony is the founder of the Kumul Foundation Inc, building a start-up entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Pacific Islands region through its flagship programme, Kumul Game Changers.
He is a former partner of Australian law firm Allens Arthur Robinson and has degree in Law and Geology from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). QUT named Mr. Smare it’s most outstanding Young Alumnus in 2010.
Anthony was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2014, the first person from the Pacific islands region to be honoured.
Mark Sage is on the board of Queensland Sugar Limited and is an advisory Board member for Australian Drilling Associates Pty Ltd. Mark has held numerous executive roles such as the Managing Director Goodman Fielder International, Human Resources Director Goodman Fielder Limited and Export manager Building Materials, CSR Limited. Mark has a strong background in change management and has held a number of senior human resources roles.
Richard Sinamoi is an Independent Director with a demonstrated history of working within the superannuation and financial services industry. He is skilled in Executive and Operational management, Business Planning, Asset Management and Administration and was the former CEO of Comrade Trustee Services Limited. Richard is also a Independent Director with PNG Microfinance Limited, the Credit Corporation (PNG) Limited and TransPacific Assurance Limited. He is currently the Executive Director of Kama Kofi Limited. Richard holds a Certificate in Business majoring in Marketing from TAFE, New South Wales and Bachelor of Applied Science Systems from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Neil O’Hare is an Independent Director experienced and formal trained (B.Bus Acc (QUT), MBA Int Bus (Monash), FCPA, FGIA) in Engineering, Accounting and Commerce. He has served as the Group General Manager of Mercer Stainless (NZSX), a company that specializes in the design, manufacture and maintenance of bulk material, materials handling and mineral process equipment in the mining and food processing industries. Neill has provided consulting and advisory services in recent times, to a wide range of businesses within various industries including food, mineral processing, engineering and education services.
Paradise Foods Limited
P O Box 1624,
Kawai Drive, Gordons Industrial Area
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea
Local Toll Free: 180 2004
+675 325 0000, +675 313 2500
Mobile: +675 709 08600