The micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the CALABARZON region can now avail of the vacuum freeze dryer housed at the CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub (C-FoSH), a facility jointly managed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), Association of Laguna Food Processors (ALAFOP), and co-funded by the Department of Science and Technology-CALABARZON.
The Vacuum Freeze Dryer (VFD) is one of the equipment in the facility that can greatly improve the food products of MSMEs in the region and will greatly increase their market competitiveness.
Left: Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Caperiña of PSTC Laguna makes a customary inspection of C-FoSH’s newly acquired Vacuum Freeze Dryer. Right: DOST-CALABARZON, represented by Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Caperiña, LSPU and ALFOP, represented by Engr.Augusto Agus, pose with the suppliers of the Vacuum Freeze Dryer. Photo credits: Ms. Vetch Caperiña
Vacuum freeze-dried foods are popularly consumed by astronauts and the military, and are usually utilized for emergency food packs. More so, freeze drying is an innovative method that can help assure MSMEs of high-quality products. Freeze drying is a drying method best known to help retain the nutritional quality, taste, shape, and size of the food product.
Furthermore, vacuum freeze-dried foods help ensure consumers that they are getting real fruits and vegetables in their diets. The VFD method also removes water from the food variant, ensuring that there is no room for bacterial growth. VFD’s benefits in turn help food manufacturers in maintaining good quality and safe food packaging for their products.
The C-FoSH facility has been operational since 2017 and has been continuously evolving to better cater to the needs of the MSME food industry in CALABARZON. Aside from the VFD, C-FoSH also houses a variety of equipment which MSMEs could avail of for lease to be used in food production and packaging. Incidentally, the C-FoSH facility provides added support to MSMEs under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP, one of the flagship programs of the DOST that is also being implemented across the country by DOST regional offices.
For more information on C-FoSH’s services and other programs of DOST-CALABARZON, visit the Facebook pages (2) DOST CALABARZON | Facebook or (2) Association of Laguna Food Processors Inc. | Facebook