DOST CALABARZON, through the Provincial S&T Center of Cavite, provided Virgie Lopez, financial assistance for the acquisition of packaging and sealing equipment to improve processing and handling of chips (deep fried snack) from Asian green mussels (Mytilus edulis), locally known as tahong. Lopez, owner of Ocean Fresh Tahong Chips, located in Sineguelasan, Bacoor, Cavite received PhP0.35M in assistance through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), a banner project of the science and technology department.
The new equipment enabled the company to produce tahong chips that are consistent in size and thickness. It also considerably increased the rate of packing and sealing of products. The improvements, furthermore, enabled Ocean Fresh to increase production volume by 40 percent resulting in 50 percent more clients. Its monthly sales also increased by 20 percent.
Ocean Fresh currently averages 10,000 packs of chips/mo. For 2009, Ocean Fresh produced 11,500 kgs of chips valued at PhP1.28 M. The company also received a new package design from DOST IV-A including additional technical assistance to improve further its production and process systems through the Manufacturing Productivity and Extension (MPEX) program of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).