FPIC Davao to launch spray-dried buko powder on Nov. 24 — DOST

Published November 14, 2021, 5:13 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Food Processing Innovation Center (FPIC)–Davao’s innovative food product called Bukolyte is set to be launched in Davao City on Nov. 24, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said.

Bukolyte (Bukolyte Instant Young Powdered Drink’s Facebook page)

DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña announced that in pursuit of its vision of “transforming concepts into products,” the FPIC–Davao will hold the grand launching of Bukolyte, a spray-dried buko powder, on Nov. 24, 2021 at SM City Davao, also known as SM Ecoland.

“Spray-dried buko (young coconut) powder Bukolyte is made from young coconut water and meat developed using spray-drying technology that converts liquid extracts into powder while preserving some of the important nutrients,” the DOST chief said in a taped report aired on Friday, Nov. 12.

“It can be a healthy alternative to other fruit juices in the market because it has no artificial flavor and preservatives added. It is easy to prepare, just reconstitute the powder with water and serve according to taste.”

He said Bukolyte is one of the food innovation products of FPIC–Davao, which is one of the banner projects of DOST-XI.

The innovation center serves as a one-stop food research and development facility where local food processors, students, faculty, and researchers can innovate and develop value-added food products to local agricultural and fishery resources, the DOST chief noted.

The launching of the Bukolyte is part of the DOST’s virtual celebration of the 2021 National S&T Week (NSTW).

This year’s NSTW is anchored on the theme “Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon.” It will be held online from Nov. 22 to 28.

“The celebration will highlight all the research and development (R&D) outputs as well as innovative products and services developed and offered by DOST agencies and regional offices that aim to help address the challenges brought about by the pandemic and climate change, among other societal concerns confronting the Filipino people,” the DOST said.