Since its launch in July, technology adopters of the Enhanced Nutribun of the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) have had a significant increase.
With the aggressive information drive and technology transfer training, FNRI is gaining a lot of interested adopters all over the country. Currently, FNRI received 70 letters of intent, 12 of which have already signed and notarized technology licensing agreements.
There were nine virtual technology transfer training sessions conducted. Currently, Nutridense Food Manufacturing Corporation in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan, the first adopter of the technology, has already distributed enhanced nutribuns for supplementary feeding. They also delivered enhanced nutribun to Valenzuela City as samples for a taste test.
The original Nutribun was reformulated by DOST-FNRI to make it more nutritious, delicious and softer.
Infusing innovative technology, the Enhanced Nutribun has become richer in energy, protein and micronutrients commonly deficient among malnourished young school children.
This innovative food product can be a convenient and nutritious alternative and supplement to hot meals previously served by the Department of Education’s (DepEd) school feeding program and can be included in the food packs distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
In compliance with the minimum health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the DOST-FNRI food products are also easier to distribute directly to households of preschool and school children to minimize physical contact among large groups of people that is typical in feeding programs and food pack distribution in centers.
The nationwide roll-out of Enhanced Nutribun also aims to provide livelihood opportunities to bakery workers, farmers as sources of raw materials like squash, and other related suppliers and service providers.