DTI unveils food innovation hub
IN ITS EFFORT to catapult local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMES) into the global market, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), recently launched in Pasay City an innovation hub specifically catering to the processed food sector.
It said the Food Connection Innovation hub is in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Food Innovation Center (DOST-FIC).
“With the growing opportunities in the food sector and the anticipation of the huge market demand for innovative food products in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) integration, we would like to provide areas of assistance for our entrepreneurs specifically those processed food MSMES,” PTTC Executive Director Nestor Palabyab said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
He said the hub will be able to equip food entrepreneurs in meeting technical requirements of the export market such as the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points and other safety and quality certifications. Food laboratory testing equipment such as metal detector, water activity meter and ph meter, are all aimed to be available during the hub’s full operation. Consultancy services on safe quality management, production, marketing and management will also be offered to enterprises that will be assisted by the hub. Other existing facilities at the PTTC such as seminar rooms, exhibit halls and meeting rooms will also be accessible.
Philippine Trade Training Center is the DTI’S training arm which promotes capacity building and mentoring among entrepreneurs especially those in the exporting industry.