Chocolate is, and will never be, a bad idea. Munching on this little piece of happiness could ease any troubled mind and stressed soul. But, if you think you already tasted the best chocolate there is, something better might soon hit the market.
The government, through the Department of Science and Technology – Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), aims to improve the country’s cocoa industry by coming up with technologies at par with ASEAN standards.
A supervisor at the DOST-ITDI’s Food Processing Division, Ma. Dolor Villaseñor, pitched the idea to the business sector as the cacao (tablea) process technology could help improve the cacao industry’s tablea production. She furthers that, “the cacao processing technology that DOST-ITDI developed can produce cocoa that is smooth and less acidic than the ones commercially available.”
This is a welcome change especially in the Philippines, which is a major producer of cacao in the world. In 2015 alone, “the country produced 14,000 metric tons (MT) of cacao, and 12,000 MT of these were produced in Davao Region.”
In addition, the ITDI-developed cacao bean roaster is better than traditional roasters in terms of ease of use. Likewise, this locally-made roaster is comparatively cheaper costing around P 600, 000 pesos compared to the P 1 million price range of imported ones.
With these better features, DOST-ITDI assures consumers that better and more affordable Philippine-made chocolate products will soon be available in the market.
The next challenge, however, is to deliver the technology to Filipino businessmen. But, through licensing agreements with DOST-ITDI, local entrepreneurs can avail these technologies with assured support from the agency.
Affordable and better chocolate products coming from the Philippines? Thanks to DOST-ITDI, it is now a high possibility.
Author’s Note: Certain sections of this article are from the Press Release of the Public Affairs Unit – Communication Resources and Production Division of the Department of Science and Technology.