Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has approved a Pesos 2.9 million (US$57,800) research study that will look into the use of spray drying technology that could convert fresh produce into spray-dried fruits and vegetable juice blend powders.
This study is to be conducted by the Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Bukidnon which will strengthen the capability of the university’s Food Research and Development Center to launch more innovations in food production which could help the country, particularly the under-developed Mindanao province, to attain food resiliency and ensure food security.
The center had already developed nutritious juices from the abundantly produced fruits and vegetables in Bukidnon. Prior to the implementation of this project, the center is unable store the juices for a long period of time due to limited expiry dates. This will eventually result in a large amount of waste of juices in plastic bottle containers.
According to DOST, “The funded research will now be able to solve further wastage by utilising the spray drying technology to convert fresh produce into spray-dried fruits and vegetable juice blend powders.” Juice blend powders have a longer shelf life and higher stability and efficiency in storage, handling and transportation.
Once the study is completed, it will be fully implemented and will help to uplift communities in Bukidnon, while providing the necessary technological upgrades to farmers and SMEs.