Mead Johnson at 50

Mead Johnson marks 50 years in the Philippines

Mead Johnson at 50

Leading nutrition company Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) Philippines launched its year long celebration marking 50 years of trusted leadership in the field of pediatric nutrition Monday February 6, 2012 at the posh Sofitel Luxury Hotel in Pasay City.

Mead Johnson, known for providing market-leading and science-based nutritional products for children, treated guests to an evening of good food and good entertainment. Performers, who all gave splendid performances, included leading names in the local music scene such as the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, the internationally-acclaimed University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, and the award-winning and endearing Mandaluyong Children's Choir.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was the guest of honor and speaker, praised the company for its contribution in helping provide nutrition to Filipino children not only through its excellent quality products but also through its corporate social responsibility programs.

In his remarks, MJN Philippines President and General Manager Paul Richards said the event is a celebration of "how we are making a mark in modern Philippine history."

"It's an opportunity to remind ourselves of the crucial role we play in promoting the health and nutrition of society…with our products, our people, our partners, our business contributions and our community programs," Richards added.

During the program, one of the company's first employees, Jorge Santamaria spoke about the heritage of the company. "We were the envy of medical representatives from other companies," Santamaria related. "The industry looked up to us for leadership and considered us the company to beat," he added.

Representing the current employees, Regulatory Affairs Manager Lida Villamor, who has been with the company for 35 years, said that Mead Johnson, "as with its nutritional products, manufactures professional excellence."

"The company expected, in fact, stretched me to perform, but it also provided me the opportunities to achieve those expectations," Villamor shared.

Hanz Lyan Gaspi, grade one pupil of Pedro P. Cruz Elementary School in Mandaluyong City and one of the beneficiaries of Mead Johnson's school-based supplemental feeding and growth monitoring program, stole the show by giving a heart-warming message of gratitude for the company's generosity.

MJN Philippines

Founded in 1905 and acknowledged for over 100 years of expertise in nutrition for babies and children, Mead Johnson first came to the Philippines in 1952. The first Filipino salesman, Greg Z. Sycip, was hired by L.D. Seymour, the American sole distributor of Mead Johnson products in the country.

In 1957, Mead Johnson strengthened its presence in the country and opened a local subsidiary office at the Manila Hotel Arcade. It became fully incorporated under Philippine laws five years later in February 1962.

Mead Johnson is the maker of the leading brands Lactum, Enfa, Sustagen and Alacta lines of nutritional formula.

Media Contact:
Wally Panganiban
Corporate Affairs Manager
Mead Johnson Nutrition Philippines
walter.panganiban@mjn.com
(632) 841-8268