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Government Boost for Meat Processor

04 June 2013

PHILIPPINES - The owner of Ayen’s Food Products in Vigan, has been given a boost by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to help improve the quality of its meat products.

Ayen’s owner Cristina Cheng said that the food grade machines and improved packaging materials from the DOST have helped the company produce more in terms of both quantity and quality.

The upgrade has changed production from a manual system which produced issues over food safety and the volume of production and where Ms Cheng said the products were often inappropriately labelled and packaged, making them less attractive to buyers compared to similar products in the market.

The change in production has come through DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP).

In 2011, the DOST approved its P350,000 financial assistance project for Ayen’s Food Products and in 2012, the company acquired appropriate packaging materials and equipment, including a stainless steel manual meat stuffer, a stainless steel meat mixer, a meat grinder and a stainless steel working table.

Cheng’s company also received assistance from DOST and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in production plant layout; subsidised label design for three products – longganisa, embutido and shanghai rolls; and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), occupational health and safety, and financial management trainings.

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