Food Innovators from the different regional FICs showcased prototype food products using the DOST-HITS equipment in the recently concluded competition hosted by The Industrial Technology Development Institute titled: “Recognition of the Most Innovative Products”. The preliminary screening was held last September 22-23, 2016 at the Food Processing Division training room while the final round was held last November 14, 2016 at the ADMATEL Conference Room ITDI-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig City.
This competition which was under the PCIEERD–GIA project titled “Development of Competence of the DOST Food Innovation Center and Recognition of Most Innovative Product”, aimed at catalyzing research and development as well as boosting food product development in the local scene.
In the preliminary screening, participating regional FICs were allowed to submit a maximum of 5 prototypes per DOST-HITS equipment, however, only the top 20 products were to proceed to the final round.
The Eastern Visayas Food Innovation Center (EVFIC) bagged the Second Most Innovative Product in the Vacuum Fryer Category for its banner product “Crunchy Mayahini”. The product was made from locally harvested surf clams which are commonly known as “Barinday” and “Mayahini” in some parts of Leyte and Samar, respectively. Marketed as both a ready-to-eat beer match for local bars and restaurants and as a product which can be used for further processing in non-meat eating countries, this crunchy seafood product captured the panelists’ interest with its unique taste and its wide gourmet application (e.g. substitute for meat in pasta dishes, ingredient for savory ice cream, etc.), as pitched by Dale Daniel G. Bodo (EVSU Instructor). The EVFIC team led by Dr. Hilaria L. Bustamante (EVFIC Center Director), Marilyn O. Radam (DOST VIII FIC Focal Person), and Gerry B. De Cadiz (EVFIC Project Coordinator) was awarded a check worth Php 25,000 for qualifying in the final round and Php 50,000 for winning the 2nd Most Innovative Product for Vacuum Fryer.