By: Verjo Angelie M. Sisante

The Department of Science and Technology – Cavite (DOST-Cavite), led by Ms. Gilda S. De Jesus, Provincial Director, together with DOST Food Safety Members, Ms. Anna Marie S. Daigan and Ms. Lorelie P. Dorado, and staff Ms. Esther Joy V. Salazar, visited two of the most talked-about restaurants in Cavite—Bag of Beans Café and Restaurant, and Sonya’s Garden Bed and Breakfast—last 29 March 2022.

The team conducted interviews and product assessments on Bag of Beans product packaging. During the consultation, the team discussed and inspected the current packaging for each of their products. Ms. Dorado, and the rest of the team, recommended that they register the logo of Bag of Beans with the Intellectual Property Office. DOST-Cavite also encouraged them to administer seminars on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and food hygiene for the new employees.

Meanwhile, the team conducted an interview and site inspection in the production facility for baking and processing of jams, salad dressings and other products of Sonya’s. Ms. Dorado provided initial suggestions for the improvement of the packaging and labelling of the products. The team also offered possible assistance under the DOST Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) for the improvement of the processing facility and for product testing.

DOST-Cavite, and its regional office DOST-CALABARZON, offer packaging and labelling services as assistance to MSMEs in the development of their package design, technical consultancy for the improvement of the packaging system, nutrition facts analysis, shelf-life testing and GMP Training.