In 2012, Tagum Golden Foods was able to acquire a hydraulic press machine (in photo, left) and mixing/filling machine after receiving assistance from Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the form of P 222,400.00 under the Small Enterprise Upgrading Program (SETUP).
Known for producing quality calamansi concentrate and pure calamansi ready-to-drink juice, Tagum Golden Foods reported that it increased its production and profits, and improved its product quality and food safety after the technology intervention. As such, the company’s growth contributed to the socio-economic condition of Tagum City by providing employment to the jobless and steady market to calamansi growers.
According to Mrs. Alma L. Uy, owner of Tagum Golden Foods, they decided to re-avail the DOST-SETUP financial assistance early this year to improve their product packaging and labeling. As approved, the project received financial assistance amounting to P 582,710.00 last October.
Moreover, the company has established waste processing and minimization practices that clinched Tagum Golden Foods the prestigious E3 (Excellence in Ecology and Economy) Award by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the DOST Mindanao Cluster Science and Technology Fair last November.
“In our entire business operation, we developed and implemented activities that promote sustainability,” revealed Uy who has committed to churn out environment-friendly products and practices.
Further, she said that the company only uses sustainable local raw materials, and implements energy and water conservation procedures in the production area.
”We also manage and re-use waste by converting production generated wastes into income generating products,” she told.
The E3 Award is given to selected companies and enterprises that have demonstrated the most innovative and outstanding environmental performance in their pursuit of business sustainability and profit. (S &T Media Service)