Jakarta, December 3 2018 - PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) today with its Hydro Coco Brand sends off the champion team of the Hydro Coco Cup National Futsal Tournament (HCNFT) 2018, SMANKO Bengkulu, to Bangkok, Thailand, to participate in the Bangkok Challenge 2018 futsal championship. There are four teams that will compete for the title in Bangkok Challenge 2018; SMANKO Bengkulu, and the other three are teams from Thailand; Taweethapisek, Patumkongka and Sahapanich. Prior to the match, the SMANKO Bengkulu team will get a coaching clinic by Jetsada Chudech, Thailand's national futsal team player and also the Best Player of the ASEAN Football Federation for year 2015. The Bangkok Challenge game will be held on 5 December 2018 at Taweethapisek Futsal Stadium, Bangkok.
"Kalbe through the Hydro Coco Cup National Futsal Tournament consistently invites the younger generation to have achievements through positive activities, especially futsal," said Arwin N. Hutasoit, Head of Marketing of Kalbe Beverages of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk. "This is the sixth year that we have sent HCNFT grand final champions to Bangkok since 2013 and bear all travel and accommodation costs. By competing in international matches, we hope that this can be a pride for the SMANKO Bengkulu team to play and give their best efforts," continued Arwin.
The SMANKO Bengkulu futsal team won the HCNFT grand final which was held in Semarang on November 17, 2018 by defeating SMAN 3 Cibinong. There are 10 teams in total that competed for the Grand Final champion title of HCNFT: SMANKO Bengkulu, SMAN 1 Jayapura, SMA Muhammadiyah 7 High School Yogyakarta, SMA Sejahtera Surabaya, SMAN 18 Bandung, SMAN 3 Batam, SMAN 3 Balikpapan, SMA Boja 1 Semarang, SMA 12 Makassar, and SMA 3 Cibinong.
HCNFT 2018 was held in 28 cities, divided into Gold and Silver Qualifications. Silver Qualifications matches were held in 18 cities: Jakarta, Tangerang, Bogor, Tasikmalaya, Padang, Solo, Manado, Palembang, Cirebon, Balikpapan, Samarinda, Pekanbaru, Purwokerto, Yogyakarta, Denpasar, Pontianak, Malang, Jember and Bandar Lampung. Whereas the Gold Qualifications were held in 10 cities: Batam, Yogyakarta, Medan, Semarang, Bandung, Jayapura, Surabaya, Makassar, Banjarmasin and Jakarta.
As we know, the Hydro Coco has been doing products co-branding with the Ministry of Tourism through the Wonderful Indonesia/Indonesia Charm in promoting Indonesia's tourism. Thus it is hoped that the HCNFT tournament can promote the sport tourism in major cities that held the HCNFT events throughout Indonesia.
This year HCNFT was appointed as the official program of the U-18 Indonesian Futsal Federation (FFI) and became the talent scouting arena to find the next members of Indonesia's U-18 National futsal team members, which is included as the annual agenda of FFI, as a part of futsal development in Indonesia.
The HCNFT event also holds the support of the National Narcotics Agency and the Indonesian Futsal Federation, as well as by Yamaha, Zinc Shampoo, PT Kereta Api Indonesia, University of Trisakti, Kalbe Business Institute, Citilink, Xonce Gummy, sports apparel Ortus & Noij, Futsalzone and Inews as official TV media partners of Hydro Coco Cup 2018.
Hydro Coco at a glance
Hydro Coco is the only beverage that is made from natural coconut, without preservatives, artificial sweeteners and synthetic dyes. Therefore guarantees Hydro Coco's safety, and good even for daily consumption.
Hydro Coco is hygienically processed with modern technology. Coconut water is processed through sterilization in an aseptic tube and using the Ultra High Temperature (UHT) technology. This allowed the coconut water in Hydro Coco to keep its nutrition even without using preservatives, dyes and artificial sweeteners.
Hydro Coco also uses Tetraprism packaging to maintain the hygiene of the coconut water in it. In other words, Hydro Coco is the first and only drink in Indonesia that use environmentally friendly tetraprism packaging. Thus by drinking Hydro Coco every day, one does not only get a healthy body, but also participating in creating healthy environment.
Kalbe at a glance
PT Kalbe Farma Tbk ("Kalbe") was established in 1966 and is one of the biggest public pharmaceutical companies in Southeast Asia. Kalbe has four main divisions that handle reliable and varied brand portfolio: prescription medicines (Cefspan, Brainact, Broadced, etc.); over-the-counter medication division (Woods, Promag, Mixagrip, Komix, Fatigon, etc.); health drinks (Hydro Coco, Extra Joss, Nitros); nutrition division (ChilKid, Prenagen, Diabetasol, etc.); and distribution division. Kalbe currently has more than 35 subsidiaries, 10 production facilities with international standard, and employs more than 17,000 employees dispersed across more than 72 branches throughout Indonesia. From 1991, Kalbe is listed at Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX: KLBF).