File photo: DOST Negros Oriental PSTD Atty. Gilbert Arbon is pictured proudly holding 1 pack of enhanced nutribuns baked by DOST SETUP Adopter Saint’s Baked Delights.
The enhanced nutribuns as photographed after being baked by Saint’s Baked Delights.

August 6, Dumaguete City – A new variant of enhanced nutribun is now available in the City of Gentle People.

Saint’s Baked Delights, an official technology licensee of the enhanced nutribun, now bakes the enhanced nutribun carrot variety. The firm is also a producer of the enhanced nutribun squash variety.

After submitting all documentary requirements and after passing the virtual site inspection by Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FNRI), the firm along with other bakeries and bread manufacturing plants in the country underwent a virtual training on how to bake the enhanced nurtibun carrot variety on June 14 & 16, 2021. Located in Lower Batinguel, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, the bakery is also a client of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program of DOST Negros Oriental.

The new variety of enhanced nutribun was virtually launched in April 28, 2021 by DOST-FNRI via Zoom. It was developed by DOST-FNRI as an answer to the clamour of the enhanced nutribun producers to develop new varieties.

“Nagkaroon po ng sobrang pagtaas ng presyo at kulang ang supply ng squash kaya nag-isip po kami ng other variant utilizing vegetables na ang sustansya ng product ay almost the same pa din ng enhanced nutribun squash variant….Gumawa kami ng enhanced nutribun carrot variant para magkaroon din ng options ang mga adoptors at mamimil”, says Mr. Richard Alcaraz, Science Research Specialist I of DOST-FNRI.

The enhanced nutribun carrot variant is light yellowish and ready-to-eat bread with orange speckles. Developed by DOST-FNRI considering the nutrient requirement of children, it contains natural fibers and has no artificial colors and flavors.

One serving of the bread is 160grams. It contains 500kcal, 8g of dietary fiber and 86g carbohydrates. It has 18g protein, 360mg of calcium, 6mg of iron, 400mg of potassium, 2mg zinc and 350mcg vitamin A which is 59%, 50%, 60%, 25%, 40%, and 90% of the recommended nutrient intake for children aged 6-9 years old, respectively.

According to DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon, the enhanced nutribun is expected to help the government fight malnutrition.

As of May 2021 records from DOST-FNRI, Central Visayas has 6 enhanced nutribun licensees – 5 firms are located in Cebu while 1 is in Negros Oriental. For more information, you may send your queries via email to Saint’s Baked Delights at jsybread@gmail.com. (by Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing – Science Research Specialist II/S&T Media Service – DOST Negros Oriental)