SMT and EFG Laos sign agreement to open ISO22000 Cold Chain Facility in Laos

SMT and EFG Laos sign agreement to open ISO22000 Cold Chain Facility in Laos

Vientiane, June 17th, 2022 – EFG (Express Food Group), Lao’s leading F&B operator, and SMT, Lao’s leading warehouse and logistics business signed a long term agreement today. This new agreement will see all EFG’s cold chain warehousing move to a new purpose built facility currently under construction in Vientiane. The new facility is being constructed to ISO22000 certified standards providing state of the art storage for EFG’s international portfolio of brands which include Dairy Queen (DQ), Swensen’s, Texas Chicken and The Pizza Company. EFG operates The Pizza Company, Lao’s #1 pizza brand. This much-loved brand, created by Minor Food Group in 2000 specialises in innovative pizzas, with chunky, wholesome, richer toppings than most western style pizzas. The Pizza Company has defined what pizza means for Lao consumers and with approaching 10 restaurants in Vientiane and Pakse, EFG is a significant franchisee of Minor Food Group.

EFG Lao’s other F&B brands include DQ®, Swensen’s and Texas Chicken. 

SMT is a company registered in Lao PDR, providing a full range of land, air, sea, and multimodal logistics mainly project cargoes, heavy equipment & machinery, warehousing and home removals to and from Lao P.D.R. Since, its inception in 1990. SMT has grown substantially, thanks to the support of our network business partners and our clients worldwide, the volume of cargo handled by SMT has consecutively increase year-by-year. 

Today is a new step for SMT to sign a long term agreement with EFG who is a well-known and recognized worldwide company to provide a services for cold storage warehouse and distribution throughout Vientiane and other province in Lao PDR. SMT assure and promise to provide its best services to EFG in order to continue a long terms business cooperation in the future.

Martin Darby, Managing Director of EFG Group “welcomed” the partnership with SMT stating that he was “pleased with the progress of the construction of the new purpose built facility which will be completed to ISO22000 international standards ’. 

About EFG – Express Food Group.
Headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, EFG Group employs over 1,300 people and has an operational presence in 3 countries – Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. EFG is the partner of choice for leading food & beverage brands in Southeast Asia including Minor Food International & Food Passion Group – and for North American brands – International Dairy Queen, Krispy Kreme and Texas (Church’s) Chicken) where EFG is the franchisee for Laos. In 2020/21 EFG launched her own brands Hungry? (get.hungryapp.asia) an ecommerce delivery business and Eat Together 一起吃 a Chinese virtual brand serviced by a ghost kitchen. In April 2022 EFG launched a popular Khmer food virtual brand “Bay Phum”. In 2021, EFG was awarded Best Company to Work for in Asia by HR Asia.