THE Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) will end the year 2020 with a techno offering of eight commercially viable food products for the food industry.
Headed by Dr. Annabelle V. Briones as director, ITDI is an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technoloy (DOST-ITDI).
Some eight improved products and processes will be presented on December 11, 2020, during the “2020 ITDI Techno Offering” in a bid to drive forward food industry thrusts.
At the crest of global demand is increased consumer awareness and the need for food products with improved functionalities such as sports nutrition, functional beverages, and dietary supplement. A previous decrease in the functional beverages market from $128.66 billion in 2019 to $125.39 billion in 2020 is expected to recover post the COVID-19 crisis.
Economic projections point to a growth rate of 8.07% from 2021 thus allowing the market to reach $158.28 billion in 2023.
ITDI will thus be presenting isotonic coco drink and mungbean coconut milk drink under this category.
The former is a coconut water-based beverage, which is naturally rich in potassium and considerable amounts of sodium, magnesium, and chloride. It can thus help in hydration and maintenance of the body’s balance of electrolytes, supplying energy during or after heavy physical or sports activities.
The latter, mungbean infused with coconut milk, is a great alternative for lactose-intolerant consumers. We can now satisfy their thirst with a twist for wellness in a shelf-stable, non-dairy, and ready-to-drink beverage.
Global cocoa and chocolate market
However, the multiplicity of functions come naturally to these two products for they can also complete your “Go Bag” during emergencies together with two other ready-to-eat foods in the techno offering.
Thus, RTE Smoked Fish and RTE Sweet Potato plus isotonic coco drink and mungbean coconut milk drink can help you successfully pass away your first 48 hours during an emergency.
Further, this year’s Techno Offering considers the current global cocoa and chocolate market, which is projected by the candy industry to reach $67.22 billion by the end of 2025, up from the $43.13 billion it was at in 2017.
In support, ITDI is offering an improved process to produce gourmet chocolate, otherwise known as tablea liquor in a bar, and ready-to-drink tablea. The process produces ultra-smooth and chocolatier chocolate drinks.
Upwards of the convenience food market, a changing lifestyle of consumers in North America, Europe, and South East Asia is demanding for convenience food, mostly ready-to-eat food products.
Most of these products use iodized and, or plain food-grade salts as a preservative. With more and more food-grade salts being used as a flavor enhancer, the trend is encouraging many salt manufacturers to innovate and introduce new flavored food-grade salts.
Tagging along these lines, ITDI has improved its salt iodization machine and has developed gourmet salts to serve these markets. During the Techno Offering, it will be presenting aroma infused salts with extracts from seaweeds like “lato” or sea grapes, shiitake mushroom, and shrimp heads. Others include salts with a smoky aroma of guava, mango, and tamarind leaves.
The 2020 ITDI Techno Offering is open to businesses interested to know more about the new food products of ITDI. Just register to the link indicated here. (A.M. Guevarra, DOST-ITDI S&T Media Service) (✓)