A new idea to diversify product line is brewing as one inspired technology taker visited the lndustrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) on December 5, 2019.
ITDI-Technological Services Division Chief Nelia Elisa C. Florendo met with Milagros G. Bagaporo, Plant Manager of Kai-Anya Food, Inc. and discussed plans to pursue several product development plans on RTE Arroz Caldo.
A licensed producer of ITDI since 2015, their new plans include product improvement/ reformulation, packaging system and design integration, production expansion, and market positioning through Halal certification. The possibility of making the product visible in supermarkets is also being eyed.
Bagaporo with her Q&A Supervisor Marvin N. Malasa expressed eagerness and interest to market a more palatable and nutritious RTE Arroz Caldo and now seeks the assistance of ITDI’s Packaging Technology and Technological Services Divisions.
They are also aiming to increase volume of production. To do this, Kai Anya is currently building a new facility. Further, a newly approved financial assistance from DOST’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) has enabled it to acquire a water retort, a new addition to their line of production equipment. Presently, product packaging is done through a private toll packing facility.
Packed in stand-up retort pouches, RTE Arroz Caldo is handy and can be eaten without water or drinkables, and is good for consumption for one year.
Currently this product is produced and sold by Kai-Anya Food, Inc. to DSWD which distributes it as emergency relief goods for victims of disasters/calamaties in the country. (DDGotis\\ITDI S&T Media Service).