Fruit processors to be profitable must have good quality products, attractive packaging and a well-managed business. The efforts to preserve the products and to ensure their quality must begin in the proper selection of fruits and various techniques during processing.
The abundance of fresh tropical fruits in Mindanao and the lack of fruit processing plants in the area inspired the incorporators of Polyfruits Inc. to set up one in 2005. Polyfruits Inc. formally began its operation in 2007 which first processed mango and calamansi fruits. Marketed under the name ‘Zamgo’, the firm now includes durian and cacao tablets in their products. Zamgo has reached local demand centers in the Philippines to include Cebu, Davao and Manila and export markets such as China and Tahiti. Among their products are dried green and yellow mango, pickled mango, mango concentrate, calamansi concentrate and durian jam.
Located at Sinanga, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte, Polyfruits Inc. incessantly aim to widen its market scope and increase production capability by upgrading their existing processing plant. Thus, the firm sought the aid of the DOST through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP).
DOST-IX’s interventions will include system improvement through the acquisition of additional equipments such as cooling tank, pasteurizer, and industrial type stick blender. In addition, the agency will provide assistance in terms of product packaging and labeling and training on food safety and basic sanitation and hygiene.
Through this project, Polyfruits Inc. is expected to improve their product quality, increase productivity and income.
SETUP, a flagship program of DOST, is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in implementing technological innovations and improvements in their operations to boost their productivity and competitiveness. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE)