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 According to Lana, Frux has increased its production by 136 percent and sales by 142 percent as the company is now able to produce quality peanut butter in different sizes such as 300g, 250g, 200g bottles and 50g that are widely distributed to established local markets. Among Frux Peanut Butter’s clients is Manolette Bakeshop with 200 branches all over the country.

At the closing ceremony of 2014 Mindanao DOST Science and Technology Fair at SMX Convention Center of SM Lanang in Davao City last year, Frux Peanut Butter was recognized for successfully implementing SETUP.

Lana said that aside from financial assistance, her company was able to receive extensive consultancy trainings on Food Safety from DOST. Aside from providing financial assistance to Micro, Small, Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs) like them, DOST also promotes safety practices among food manufacturers through various trainings that they are initiating, she said.

She hailed DOST’s efforts in always reminding them about their responsibility to deliver products that are beneficial to the health of customers as well as to the environment. “With these trainings, DOST explained to us that following requirements related to food safety practices will enable us to penetrate into a larger market,” she said.

Lana as referring to Good Manufacturing Practice Training for improvement of production process and Technical Consultancy on Management Productivity Extension Program, both conducted by DOST regional offices.  (By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII)