A new Food Innovation Center was launched recently on the campus of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The Center will be a learning hub for research and development in food production and processing of agricultural crops into high-value products for the local and export markets.
The Center could encourage farmers to produce commercial volume of farm crops for processing, thus creating more opportunities for farmers as well as other stakeholders.
The machines and equipment at the food innovation center include a water retort, a manually operated pressure cooking vessel that processes food packed in sealed containers. It also has a spray-dryer that dries heat-sensitive materials such as food and pharmaceutical products made of slurry paste gel or suspension. It also has a vacuum fryer, vacuum packaging machine, liquid and solid foam fill machines and ceramic water filter.
The Food Innovation Center is a joint project of the Department of Science and Technology, MMSU, the National Economic and Development Authority and the Development Bank of the Philippines.
Aside from developing processed food products, the Center will also be used for undertaking research and development of medicines derived from indigenous herbs.