The NORTHERN FOODS CORPORATION (NFC) is an agri-based firm established in March 1984 as an anchor company initially to produce paste and subsequently process other agri-based products from indigenous crops. As an anchor company, it serves as an industrial link for small farmers who are contracted to produce raw materials to be processed.
NFC is owned by the LIVELIHOOD CORPORATION (LIVECOR), a government-owned and -controlled corporation and by virtue of E.O. No. 233 dated 26 April 2000, NFC became an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA). E.O. 681-A dated 01 February 2008 merged the LIVECOR with the NLSF creating the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC), now the Parent GOCC of NFC. NFC is a GOCC under the Food Sector classification of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG).
At present, NFC manufactures tomato paste and sources out its raw materials from 3,000 Ilocano farmers who annually enter into a Contract Growing Agreement with the company. NFC’s processing plant which is located at Bgy. San Joaquin, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte was designed, manufactured and installed by the Franrica Manufacturing Corporation of the USA. It has a processing capacity of 500 tons of fresh fruits per day and produces about 4,000 metric tons of tomato paste every processing season in January to April every year.