Kuala Lumpur, 29th September 2020 – Santan, the world’s first restaurant brand to offer inflight food on ground, was awarded their official franchise registration certificate by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs. The certificate was presented to Catherine Goh, General Manager of Santan Restaurant, by YB Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, and witnessed by key ministers and AirAsia VIPs at Santan’s first flagship outlet at the Mid Valley Megamall.

This will be followed by Santan’s expansion by rolling out 20 new restaurants across Klang Valley, the first scheduled to open at SOGO Kuala Lumpur on 8 October 2020. They will later launch in AEON Shah Alam, PKNS Shah Alam and NU Sentral Kuala Lumpur in October; 163 Mont Kiara, Wangsa Walk and Wisma Tune in November; and IOI City Mall, Sunway Putra Mall and more in December.

YB Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs expressed the Ministry’s pride in awarding the official franchise registration certificate to Santan, stating that Santan’s expansion supports the government’s “Buy Malaysian Products Campaign” to promote local products and boost the domestic economy, much like how Santan Food highlights locally sourced Malaysian products, snacks, coffee, tea and more. He expressed hope that other local entrepreneurs will take up franchise opportunities with Santan as a thriving homegrown local business.

Catherine Goh, General Manager of Santan Restaurant, expressed her gratitude to the government, particularly KPDNHEP, for their support and awarding of the certificate. She shared some of Santan’s plans for expansion, first within Klang Valley and later across Malaysia, aiming for 100 outlets including their first East Malaysia outlet by 2021.