Batangas bakery, coop adopt Enhanced Nutribun technology

Batangas bakery Nutribun
Two DOST-assisted firms in Batangas are the newest addition to the Enhanced Nutribun adoptors in CALABARZON region

Sabuhin Bakery in Rosario and the San Isidro Multipurpose Cooperative (SIMCO) in Batangas City are the latest addition to the roster of Enhanced Nutribun adoptors in Batangas province.

Geared towards distribution and promotion of a healthier and cost-effective bread in the different municipalities of Batangas, both firms signified their intention to adopt the Nutribun technology reformulated by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and now called the “Enhanced Nutribun”.

Thus, as a component of the technology transfer, they participated in a three-day training on the production of the Enhanced Nutribun facilitated by FNRI via Zoom platform on January 13-15, 2021.

Good Manufacturing Practices and 5S in the workplace were among the topics covered during the first day of the training. The actual discussion on the production of Enhanced Nutribun followed during the second and third day. Questions and concerns of the participants were also addressed during the training proper. At the end of the training, both firms were able to produce the Enhanced Nutribun using the standard formulation of FNRI. Jaypy De Juan, Josefina T. Gonzales, Engr. Charlie E. Adona, and Richard L. Alcaraz of FNRI served as speakers of the training.

According to FNRI, the Enhanced Nutribun answers to the call of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Memorandum Circular No. 12 Series of 2020, or the Guidelines in the Implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program During Community Quarantine or Other Similar Emergencies. FNRI also shared that compared to the Nutribun of the 70s, the Enhanced one has more micronutrients like iron and vitamin A. Its texture is also softer and weighs 160- 165 grams per piece, which is easier for children to hold and bite. Each serving of Enhanced Nutribun weighing 160-165 grams per piece, has 504 calories, 17.8 grams protein, 6.08 milligrams iron and 244 micrograms vitamin A.

Both firms expressed their appreciation to FNRI and DOST CALABARZON for the opportunity given to them. To Marites Ramirez, General Manager of SIMCO, the adoption of Enhanced Nutribun would create a good advantage for their cooperative particularly in serving as additional income source and in responding to the call for a healthier nation.

“Isa pong napakalaking opportunity para sa SIMCO ang maging adaptor ng Enhanced Nutribun. Malaking bagay po ito para sa SIMCO sapagkat may panibagong produkto kami na maii-offer sa aming mga members at higit sa lahat ay makakatulong ito na madagdagan ang kita ng kooperatiba! Magiging katuwang din kami ng pamahalaan sa pagsupo sa kagutuman sa bansa,” she said.

Both firms are expecting to start their production after the training. They will also receive a certificate of adoption from DOST-FNRI once all documentary requirements are settled. Meanwhile, Panaderia Pantoja Inc. in Tanauan City and San Jose Workers Multipurpose Cooperative in San Jose, Batangas, who forged their formal adoption of Enhanced Nutribun in October 2020, are now starting their productions.

The Nutribun of the 1970s was revived in 2020 to feed quarantined communities in Luzon.

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