Singapore’s Leading Rice Specialist

About Us

About Gan Hup Lee

Gan Hup Lee is one of the leading rice importers and suppliers in Singapore.

An immigrant from Fujian, China, Gan Koon Tek established a grocery store in Clive Street of Little India. He named it Gan Hup Lee, because he believed in sharing goodness with other people. The business has grown over seven decades, and today, our customers range from large institutions to businesses including popular chicken rice and zichar chain stores.

Through the years, despite times of economic challenges and uncertainties, Gan Hup Lee has remained steadfast in creating value for our customers, and serving their needs with our utmost abilities. At the same time, we proudly contribute to our nation’s food security, and reach out to the needy in our society through giving.

In all that we do, we strive to show kindness through action. We want to pass on the legacy of goodness, and ensure sustainability for generations.

Our Heritage

The late Mr. Gan started his business with a simple but profound vision: help his customers and improve the community around him. Today, that vision continues to define and energise the company.

"To each person, a fair portion"

This was one of Koon Tek’s ethos in life. A standard we continue to actively embrace.

Lasting Partnerships

  • One of our most satisfying achievements has been to continue longstanding relationships with many of our customers. Some of our founder Gan Koon Tek’s original customers continue to be our loyal partners. We are also blessed to have many long serving employees.
  • At Gan Hup Lee, we believe that deep and long relationships are our true measure of success. They validate the core values that have guided the company since 1949 – Gratitude, Integrity, Teamwork and Commitment.
  • Success is achieved by paying attention to the little details – we listen carefully to our customers and grow with them. We’re proud to continue serving our valued customers, some for over 30 years.

Timeline History of Gan Hup Lee

  • 1949

    Rice Retailer, Clive Street

    Our founder and then-entrepreneur, Mr Gan Koon Tek, started Gan Hup Lee as a small grocery shop.

    We have come a long way since 1949. Not resting on our laurels, we constantly seek to upgrade and integrate our business upstream. We believe that change is a constant and that spirit has kept us forging ahead, to embrace new technologies, knowledge and expertise through the years.

  • 1987

    Rice Distributor, Dickson Road

    We began distributing rice to hawker centres and restaurants.

  • 1992

    Rice Distributor, Ubi Avenue

    We moved to a bigger warehouse to store more products.

  • 1999

    Rice Importer, Ubi Avenue

    We moved to a bigger warehouse to store more products.

  • 2005

    Rice Manufacturer, Chin Bee Avenue

    Our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant was built to improve our quality processes and develop R&D capabilities.


Rice Specialist

Singapore’s leading rice specialist, backed by more than 70 years of expertise.

The Gan Hup Lee Way


  • To be a leading Asian food group that offers delectable food products with heritage and tradition to consumers everywhere, connecting peoples and cultures, one meal at a time.
  • To transform the company from a family business to a professionally managed business enterprise, building a legacy of goodness into the future millennium.




We are passionate about bringing heritage foods and taste experiences from around the world to our customers through our brands and products. We do so guided daily by the founding principles of our business:

  • We are committed to deliver uncompromised food quality, authenticity and value to every customer
  • We embrace integrity in service and pursue attention to details for our business partners
  • We help our people realise their potential, in harmony with the company’s commercial goals
  • We continue to practise our founding belief of “To each person, a fair portion”, and to extend this spirit to improve the lives of our community wherever we are
  • We nurture leadership and teamwork among our people to ensure business sustainability and growth