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By: Verjo Angelie Maristela- Sisante

DOST-Cavite-assisted firms SIR EZER Bakery and Maestra Panaderia underwent a Technology Training on the Production of Enhanced Nutribun Squash Variant last 15-17 August 2022. Both firms previously signed a Technology Licensing Agreement to adopt the Enhanced Nutribun Squash Variant (ENSV) technology of the DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

With the aim to improve the nutritional status of the Filipino population, in particular those nutritionally-at-risk, the DOST-FNRI promotes the commercial production and distribution of their Enhanced Nutribun technology in a series of virtual trainings. SIR EZER and Maestra Panaderia belong to the Batch 16 of trainees. Participant-firms were primed in Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Practices, and taught on how to produce the ENSV and squash puree during the three-day training.

Both firms expressed their appreciation to the DOST-FNRI and DOST-Cavite for the support and opportunity given to them as one of the licensees of ENSV. To Ms. Leadina T. Monzon, owner of Maestra Panaderia, a healthy community, is a symbol of a prosperous nation. “Napakalaking tulong po ito sa aming mga bakers para umunlad ang aming negosyo Pangalawa isang magandang oportunidad po ito na makatulong kami na makapag produce ng masustansyang tinapay na makakatulong sa mga batang Filipino gayon din sa kapwa natin Filipino na masustain ang nutritional sufficiency,” she remarked.

Meanwhile, for Mr. Eliezer Alvez Mendoza, the training was very informative and helpful in producing nutritious, safe and delicious varieties of breads, “We become more aware of the importance of exact and accurate measurement of ingredients to assure nutrition and improve taste and appearance of bread, particularly the Enhanced Nutribun. We also become more attentive to safe and sanitary baking processes. Finally, we also see the necessity of updating our baking equipment to cope with the fast and efficient mass production. Thanks so much to DOST-FNRI.”

Both firms successfully produced ENSV based on the formulation given by the DOST-FNRI, and are expecting to start their production after the training.