With over three decades of heritage, Chew’s Egg is one of Singapore’s most trusted producers of fresh eggs. Its range of nutritious designer eggs, spanning from kampong to king-sized, is well-loved for its unparalleled freshness and quality, making it a cherished staple for many families across generations.
Chew’s Agriculture began as a modest breeder farm selling day-old chicks to broiler and layer farms before evolving and growing into a modern facility that incorporates the latest technology and adheres to the highest industry standards. In 2019, Singapore introduced the “30 by 30” vision, aiming to ensure that at least 30% of the nation’s food supply is produced locally by 2030. To achieve this greener, cleaner and more self-reliant future, local businesses like Chew’s Agriculture play an indispensable role.
Through the collaborative efforts of the Company Training Committee (CTC) and effective partnership between NTUC U SME and Singapore Industrial and Services Employees’ Union (SISEU), the team identified an opportunity to enhance its operations by replacing its traditional manual processes with an automatic egg grading and packing system. This new capability yielded several key benefits:
- Enhanced efficiency and safety: The integration of the Easy Lift robotic arm significantly reduced the need to manually handle heavy egg trays (weighing 20kg each) during the grading process, thereby improving workplace safety.
- Increased productivity: The advanced egg grader saw a remarkable 300% improvement in its sorting and packing capacity, resulting in a 20% reduction of processing time.
- Effective monitoring system: The integrated software provided the farm with a robust remote monitoring system, enabling more flexible work arrangements.
Chew’s Agriculture successfully secured the approval for the CTC Grant administered by NTUC’s e2i and deployed this strategic asset in September 2023.
Outcome and benefits
The CTC collaboration has helped to:
- Implement a 5% wage increment for over 180 workers, with those directly impacted by the CTC project receiving more
- Achieve a 300% improvement in work efficiency
- Realise an overall time saving of 20% compared to traditional methods
- Enable deployment of workers to other higher-skilled tasks on the farm