From humble beginnings in a confectionery over 35 years ago to a global presence in food manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more, the Group’s journey embodies growth, quality, and a relentless pursuit of innovation. With a focus on expansion and a commitment to excellence, the Group is determined to continue shaping industries and making a lasting impact on people's lives.

Innovative

We are driven by an innovative spirit, constantly seeking new opportunities and solutions that best meet the needs of our clients. We pride ourselves on embracing cutting-edge technologies and creative strategies that set us apart in every industry we are in.

Reliable

With over 35 years of experience, reliability is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to delivering exceptional quality, maintaining transparent communication, and fostering long-lasting relationships built on trustworthiness and accountability.

Adaptable

We flourish in diverse sectors with our ability to swiftly adjust to changes and challenges. Our flexibility and resilience enable us to handle complexities and deliver outstanding results in every endeavour.

From humble beginnings in a confectionery over 35 years ago to a global presence in food manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more, the Group’s journey embodies growth, quality, and a relentless pursuit of innovation. With a focus on expansion and a commitment to excellence, the Group is determined to continue shaping industries and making a lasting impact on people's lives.

Innovative

We are driven by an innovative spirit, constantly seeking new opportunities and solutions that best meet the needs of our clients. We pride ourselves on embracing cutting-edge technologies and creative strategies that set us apart in every industry we are in.

Reliable

With over 35 years of experience, reliability is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to delivering exceptional quality, maintaining transparent communication, and fostering long-lasting relationships built on trustworthiness and accountability.

Adaptable

We flourish in diverse sectors with our ability to swiftly adjust to changes and challenges. Our flexibility and resilience enable us to handle complexities and deliver outstanding results in every endeavour.

First business was established under James Confectionary.
1989
1991
First CPU was set up.
First major contract with Malta’s national airline signed.
1994
1998
Major CPU expansion was undertaken.
First major contract for nursing home catering won.
2001
2006
First major contract for healthcare catering won at Mater Dei, Malta’s public hospital.
The Group starts producing and supplying meals over 3,000 meals per day to Sky Gourmet Malta Ltd for inflight catering to Malta's national airline.
2007
2009
Another major CPU expansion was undertaken.
Healthmark was established for the Group to enter the healthcare services.
2013
2017
The Food Factory, the Group’s new CPU was launched.
Through a Public Private Partnership (PPP), Kore Group is awarded the concession for the construction and operation of an additional 504 beds at SVPR, a senior living care residence for high level care residents.
2017
2017
The Group is tasked to set up an onsite, fully-equipped kitchen spread over 1,200 sqm, as well as provide daily catering services to residents.
The four new blocks to accommodate an additional 504 residents at SVPR are successfully completed, meeting the project timelines, notwithstanding the works being carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020
2020
The Group was awarded the contract for the provision of healthcare workers for a period of 3 years with a value of €48 million.
All four new blocks at SVPR become fully operational at 95% capacity. Additionally, Kore Group assists the country with the handling of the pandemic through the provision of nurses and carers at key areas such as swabbing, testing, and vaccination centres.
2021
2023
Healthmark Academy opened in Dubai to support the Group’s recruitment efforts for its operations in Malta.
Construction started for another major CPU expansion.
2023

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to craft sustainable businesses and brands, delivering the best value to our clients, inspiring our employees, ensuring consistent returns to our shareholders, and striving for leadership in every industry we venture into.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to continue consolidating and strengthening our position in the local market while establishing ourselves as a major international player in the development, manufacturing and sales of food products and food services as well as in the provision of healthcare services.

OUR VALUES

Our values embody who we are; Innovation drives our growth; Reliability defines our commitments; and Adaptability ensures opportunities.

A strong value chain

All the different components of our value chain are aligned to continue to grow and expand.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

We are continuously enhancing our R&D capabilities, utilising our cutting-edge facility and our independent but in-house laboratory to advance our product and service offerings. Concurrently, we extend this expertise to clients, fostering enhanced collaborations in product development and services.

BROAD PORTFOLIO

We provide a wide array of products and services across multiple sectors, with plans for portfolio expansion. Through our R&D and manufacturing capabilities, clients can develop custom products under their own brand, scalable with demand. This applies to not only food manufacturing but also to hospitality and healthcare.

STRONG MANUFACTURING

The Group has significantly boosted its manufacturing capacity, marked by the inauguration of The Food Factory in 2017, a state-of-the-art food production facility representing a substantial €35 million investment. Spanning 23,000sqm, the facility boasts diverse food production operations, an academy and an R&D facility.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SALES & DISTRUBITION

We focus on enhancing our local market presence and expanding internationally through active participation in fairs and strategic initiatives to explore new markets. Our targeted sales team operates across various channels including web platforms, retail, and wholesale, both domestically and internationally.

Leadership

James

Barbara

Chairman

Joseph

Barbara

Business Development Director

Jurgen

Barbara

Operations Director

Arthur

Gauci

Director

Fredrick

Azzopardi

Chief Executive Officer

Keith

Fenech

Group General Manager

Michelle

Barbara

General Manager JC Events

Priya

Lakshmanan

Chief Operating Officer

Mario

Galea

Chief Financial Officer

Charlotte

Portanier

Chief Executive Officer of Kore Group

Chantal

Giordmaina

Head of Quality, Health & Safety

Annaliese

Camilleri

HR Manager

Corporate social responsibility

As a Group we recognise that we have a responsibility towards all our stakeholders and the community in which we operate. Since our beginnings, our Founder has always made it a point to support various initiatives and charitable causes and today the Group remains firmly committed to this. At the moment, our CSR activities are focused on two general areas, the Environment and Education.

We are committed to fostering cleaner manufacturing practices aiming to preserve the environment while minimising waste through extensive reuse and recycling measures. Our initiatives span from efficient water consumption and rainwater harvesting to optimising natural light usage and deploying innovative technologies like LED lights, heat exchangers, and photovoltaic panels. Continuously pursuing greater environmental friendliness, we have earned seven environmental awards for our dedication to sustainability and ongoing efforts to address environmental concerns.

View our awards here.

Our commitment to CSR extends to our partnership with The President’s Trust, a visionary initiative set up by the ex-President of Malta to empower vulnerable youths to seize opportunities and shape their futures. Our Group has pledged support by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to actively engage in The Trust’s meticulously designed programs. These initiatives focus on equipping young individuals with the necessary skills, vocational training, and mentorship essential for meaningful employment. We take immense pride to nurture talent and foster a brighter future for the younger generation.