What is WVFIC?

The department of Science and Technology Region VI, in partnership with Guimaras State College (GSC), have established the Western Visayas Food Innovation Center (WVFIC) intended as one-stop-shop for addressing various technology related concerns of the food processing industry-particularly process and product development and related areas such as technology training and consultancy services, laboratory and testing services, packaging assistance and information services.

The WVFIC will primarily serve as venues for the conduct of R&D activities intended to produce new products, product variants, process technologies and other innovations. Moreover, the center is equipped with an array of major food processing equipment/technologies developed by DOST-industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) and DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC). These technologies shall be transferred to MSMEs in order to enhance the competitiveness of the food processing industry in Western Visayas.


Vision, Mission and Goals

Mission

A leading hub for innovations, technical support services for the food industry in Western Visayas.

Vision

We commit to provide innovation technologies and relevant support services to contribute to inclusive and sustained development of the food industry in Western Visayas.

Goal

To produce value added agricultural and fishery food products through innovation


Our Services

Information Resource Center

Information databases, product library and repository of mature technologies of existing food products developed and produced in Western Visayas will be maintained by the Center to include a list of available technologies, market and regulatory standards and mandatory labelling requirements, among others.

Research and Development

The center will serve as a venue for researchers in western Visayas to conduct R&D activities intended to produce new produce new products, product variants, process technologies and other innovations. Food technologies shall leading product and process development activities using the food processing equipment and facilities available in the center. The center could be utilized by professionals and will also be open for non-members to conduct contract researchers on agreed terms and conditions.

Laboratory and Testing

Chemical and microbiological testing services for food products including nutritional analysis shall be provided by DOST VI Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) and other DOST Regional RSTLs while packaging testing services will be provided in coordination with the Philippine Center for Packaging Engineering and Technology (PC-PET) of the Central Philippine University.

Training and Consultancy

Technical training and consultancy services will be provided by technical experts from DOST-RDls, sues and other institutions as well as in-house technical personnel with established competence in the areas of food product development, process improvement, food safety and quality control, sensory evaluation and food packaging among others.

Packaging and Labeling

Assistance on the design and determination of compatible packaging materials to enhance the marketability and shelf-life of the product will be provided. This includes the design of labels compliant with mandatory labeling requirements. A Packaging Center with packaging equipment’s will be made available to enhance capability to conduct product and process development, and other R&D activities. On the other hand, packaging toll services will be provided by satellite packaging centers particular1y the DOST-TSKI Design and Packaging Center.


Equipments

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Freeze Dryer

Used to preserve a perishable material or make the material more convenient for transport through sublimation of its water content under vacuum condition.

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Spray Dryer

Used for drying thermally-sensitive materials such as food solutions, slurry, paste gel or suspensions.

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Vacuum Fryer

Used to deep-fry food inside a closed-system under reduced pressure, lowering the boiling point of both oil and water in food.

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Water Retort

Used for thermal processing of food in hennetically sealed containers resulting in food products that are shelf-stable even under non-refrigerated conditions.

Vacuum Packaging

Vacuum Packaging

Used to vacuum-seal food products in flexible pouches to prolong shelf life.

Vertical For-Fill-Seal

Vertical For-Fill-Seal

Used to vacuum-seal food products in flexible pouches to prolong shelf life.

Steam Jacketed Kettle

Steam Jacketed Kettle

Used for mixing and cooking jams, sauces, gravy or soup, and may be powdered by using steam heat.

Cabinet Dryer

Cabinet Dryer

Used for dehydrating fruits and vegetables.

Deep Fryer

For frying of snacks such as crackers, chips, fries and kroepoeks.

Planetary Mixer

Used for mixing, beating, whipping battlers, cake mixes and the occasional dough or pastry.