The Success Story of Mekeni Food Corporation

Mekeni Food Corporation started out as a small family business and became one of the most successful brands in the Philippines and in Asia. Like any other successful businesses, Mekeni had its own shares of crises, too. Yet the company prevailed over all of these daunting challenges throughout its 34 years of business.

Mekeni’s first major crisis took place when Mount Pinatubo erupted in June 1991. That time, Mekeni had less than 25 employees and was operated by former public school teachers Tatay Felix and Imang Meding Garcia. Through the couple’s life savings and with the help of their sons Doods and Nards, they started their business in the backyard of their home in Porac, Pampanga.

Mekeni founder Tatay Felix Garcia (4th from left) poses with sons (from L to R) VP for Admin and Finance Angelito Garcia, VP for Supply Chain Management Adrian Garcia, VP for Sales and Marketing Nardo Garcia, President Pruds Garcia, and VP for Manufacturing Diosdado Garcia. Pruds and his brothers have been helping the company grow even as it faced different crises throughout the years.

With Porac being one of the worst hit cities during the Mount Pinatubo eruption, the family’s backyard meat processing plant was almost totally destroyed. However, instead of losing hope and getting disheartened, they steeled their resolve and help their kababayans by providing livelihood and helping their community get back to its feet.

With the help of their children, including their sons Adrian, Pruds and Lito, who were then based overseas, they made it their life’s mission to make a difference in the lives of others. “It was the peak of my career,” said Pruds Garcia, president of Mekeni, recounting his time working as an accountant in Saudi Arabia. “But I had to leave my high-paying job so that I can go back and help my parents rebuild the business.”

The business recovered eventually and grew exponentially thereafter. By 1994, a new processing plant was constructed that can process 3,000 kilos of meat a day and which operated 24 hours daily. Mekeni’s workforce grew to 35 employees who were all neighbors of the Garcia family. But not long after, back-to-back challenges surfaced, which the family met head on.

While the thought of closing down the business crossed their minds, their father’s timely reminder helped them make the right decisions. “My father said: ‘Son, I just want to remind you the reason why you came back. It’s not for us, it’s not for you. It’s for the people’,” Garcia recounted.

Because they persevered and never gave up, the family overcame the obstacles and enjoyed a period of growth and success that made it one of the most awarded processed meat companies in the country today.

Despite the many business setbacks that Mekeni has experienced, the company always goes back to the most important things to them: their people and their community. And now that the country faces one of the greatest challenges in our history, Garcia has a simple advice for businesses of all sizes: ““In times of crisis, you go back to the mission and vision of the company.”

Having experienced numerous major crises over the course of its life, Mekeni has proven that with hard work, perseverance, and a profound sense of dedication to service, any business, no matter the size, can conquer any challenge that life throws at it.

“Crises will always be there. The important thing is to always go back to your ‘why.’ Why did you start this business? You can always change the process, you can always change the strategy, but never that goal,” Garcia said.

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Pan de Manila Offers Bread, Housebrand Palamans and Beverage Blends for Delivery

Where do you get your bread supply these days? We get ours from Pan de Manila and have them delivered to our place via Lalamove or GrabExpress. You can send your orders to the Viber number of any member of their Online Ordering Team.

Currently, my contact person is Alnie Mirante, and her Viber phone number is 0915-528-3592. Alnie is very helpful. She replies quickly to inquiries and helps with delivery bookings, too.

Pan de Manila offers different kinds of pandesal, loaf bread, wheat bread, ensaymada and specialty bread. They also sell housebrand palamans like Garlic Butter, Peanut Butter and Salted Yema Spread among others. Beverage blends like Café con Leche, Milk Tea, etc. are likewise available.

Minimum order for delivery is Php500. You can send payment to Pan de Manila’s BPI or BDO account.

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Shake Shack at Central Square Mall in BGC

We’ve been to Shake Shack BGC twice or thrice already. On our first visit, all three of us ordered their ShackBurger. Father and son had Ube Shake, too, while I opted for their Calamansi Limeade. On our next visit, I tried their ‘Shroom Burger and our teenage son tried their all-beef Hot Dog.

ShackBurger (Single),Php250

ShackBurger is Shake Shack’s cheeseburger with lettuce, tomatoes and ShackSauce. My first impression upon seeing my ShackBurger is that it was too small for me and I didn’t think it would suffice, that is, I’d still be hungry after eating it. Boy, I was wrong! It was actually filling! I actually enjoyed munching the juicy and tender beef patty with the crisp lettuce and tomatoes.

‘Shroom Burger, Php445

If you want a healthier alternative to ShackBurger, I suggest you try their ‘Shroom Burger. I had this on our next visit, and I loved it! This is portobello mushroom fried to golden crisp perfection with cheddar and muenster cheese and exactly the same veggies as the ShackBurger. It’s good, but the price of Php445 is a bit stiff for me, so I guess I’ll have it only once in a blue moon.

Hot Dog (All-Beef), Php200

Our teenage son ordered this All-Beef Hot Dog on two separate occasions, but we never ordered Shack Cheese Sauce for it that costs Php50. That’s because his fries already had cheese on it, and he actually preferd ketchup and mustard on his hotdog.

Cheese Fries, Php180

Cheese Fries are crinkle-cut fries slathered with cheese. He finished these all on his own.

Father and son always ordered Ube Shake whenever we visit Shake Shack. Apologies, though, as I don’t have a picture of it. The Ube Shake costs Php190. It’s a delightful blend of vanilla frozen custard and ube. I’ll order this, too, next time.

Shake Shack Philippines
Central Square Mall
Bonifacio Global City

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