A local bakeshop in Masbate became the latest adopter of the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s (DOST-FNRI) enhanced nutribun technology.
In a Facebook post, the DOST said Pan De Masbate is now producing the enhanced nutribun.
“It is the first MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprise) in the province to secure the license to manufacture this healthier bread option for Masbateños,” it said.
Pan de Masbate is owned by Divinia N. Salvacion and was awarded the 2020 Best Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) Adoptor in Bicol. It is targeting to supply feeding programs in Masbate by government agencies such as the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Nutrition Council (NNC), and local government units (LGUs).
“The firm is soon to complete the procurement of upgraded equipment through the approved Phase 2 project under DOST’s SETUP,” the DOST said.
“The technology intervention will provide the firm’s capability to mass produce e-Nutribun with quality and consistency.”
In 2020, the DOST-FNRI launched its enhanced nutribun, which is made with squash. It was in response to the need for more nutritious food products in support of the supplementary feeding program of the government during the community quarantine as stipulated in Department of Social Welfare and Development Memorandum Circular No. 12 Series of 2020.
The enhanced squash nutribun weights approximately 160 grams and contains 504 calories, 17.8 grams protein, 6.08 milligrams iron, and 244 micrograms (ug) of vitamin A.
In the last quarter of 2020, the DOST-FNRI announced that entrepreneurs can avail the technology of the enhanced nutribun free of charge as long as they are technically-capable to produce it commercially.
The DOST-FNRI also launched its new enhanced nutribun carrot variant on April 28.
The round-shaped enhanced carrot nutribun provides energy, protein, vitamin A, iron, calcium, potassium, and zinc in significant quantities recommended for young children. It has zero trans-fatty acids (or trans-fats) and has no cholesterol, the DOST-FNRI said.
Like the squash variant, one serving of enhanced nutribun with carrots contains 500 kilocalories. It has 18 grams of protein, six milligrams of iron and 350 of vitamin A.