Five companies in Luzon expressed interest to adopt and produce the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s (DOST-FNRI) enhanced nutribun (e-nutribun), and are currently undergoing a negotiation process with the DOST-FNRI.
FNRI’s e-nutribun, Director Mario Capanzana explained, is an enhanced and healthier version of the nutribun back in the 1970s. The nutribun now has an improved texture and carried the requirement of about 500 kilocalories.
“Other micronutrients such as Vitamin A, iron, iodine, were added by putting natural ingredients,” explained Capanzana.
Capanzana said that squash, among other natural ingredients, was used to improve the taste.
FNRI plans to launch the e-nutribun online before the end of July, with the five companies producing the same product for their social programs and commercial production.
“We are thinking of launching it online and invite technology partners. Maybe we would produce some, to be used in a demo,” he said.
Afterward, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional offices would host an online forum for potential bakers and adoptors to share the process of making e-nutribun for free. The adoptors, then, have the liberty to either sell or donate them.
Capanzana added that through the MOA (memorandum of agreement) with interested technology adoptors, the Insititute would require to monitor if the adoptors are following the right procedures and taking the right ingredients.
“We need to know if they are doing the right thing because if they deviated the process or ingredients, our purpose for thee-nutribun would be set aside,” he explained.