By: Wilma G. del Rosario and Demee Angelica S. Ludia
DOST-CALABARZON, represented by Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Caperiña, LSPU and ALFOP, represented by Engr.Augusto Agus, pose with the suppliers of the Vacuum Freeze Dryer. Photo credits: Ms. Vetch Caperiña
MSMEs all around the region take note as the CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub (C-FoSH) is now a proud home of a Vacuum Freeze Dryer (VFD). Through the technical and equipment assistance provided by DOST-CALABARZON, C-FoSH will now be able to add freeze drying to its offerings. With this, MSMEs in the food industry within CALABARZON and even beyond can get a chance to produce innovative and quality vacuum freeze-dried products.
The C-FoSH project is spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), Association of Laguna Food Processors (ALAFOP), and co-funded by DOST-CALABARZON.
Vacuum freeze-dried foods are popularly consumed by astronauts and the military, and are usually utilized for emergency food packs. More so, freeze drying is an innovative method that could also be of help to MSMEs in helping them assure quality yet easy packaging and transportation. Freeze drying is a drying method best known to help retain the nutritional quality, taste, shape, and size of the food product. Vacuum freeze-dried foods help ensure consumers that they are getting real fruits and vegetables in their diets. The VFD method also removes water from the food variant ensuring that there is no room for bacterial growth. VFD’s benefits in turn help food manufacturers in assuring quality and safe food packaging for their products.
Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Caperiña of PSTC Laguna makes a customary inspection of C-FoSH’s newly acquired Vacuum Freeze Dryer.
The C-FoSH facility has been operational since 2017 and has been continuously evolving to better cater the needs of the MSME food industry in CALABARZON. Aside from the VFD, C-FoSH also houses a variety of equipment which MSMEs could avail for lease in their food production and packaging needs. For more information about C-FoSH’s services and programs, you can message fb.com/dostcalabarzon or fb.com/alafop.