Canned rice to make debut in markets soon
By Charisma Love B. Gado
Manila Times, June 12, 2004

Batac, Ilocos Norte—Canned rice and canned rice meal, anyone?
Why not, said researchers as they announced that these two products would be available in the market soon.

Aimed at promoting the country’s rice varieties, the canned rice products were the result of a collaborative project of the University of the Philippines-College of Food Science and Nutrition (UPCFSN) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) based at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

The two products are ready to be eaten as plain rice and as rice accompanied with afritada, longganisa and adobo.

Their production was funded by a capital investor, Turris Philippines Inc., a leading supplier of quality ingredients in the Philippine food industry.

The firm will provide financial assistance for further development of the technology in the processing of the products before they will be marketed.

Dr. Maria Patricia Azanza of the UPCFSN, the project leader, said the products were initially intended as convenience food supplies for soldiers and evacuation centers in times of calamities.

“One of the premises of canned rice research is the issuance of ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook packed food rations to the Armed Forces. These food rations must be functional even when cooking environments and mess facilities are limited or nonexistent,” Azanza explained.
According to her, the acceptability of the products was evaluated by 100 randomly selected soldiers at the Bonifacio Naval Station in Fort Bonifacio, Makati City.
The acceptance test, Azanza said, showed that 50 percent of the taste panel preferred canned rice meal with meat and poultry viands.

Another 90 percent agreed to include the canned rice products to their food ration, she added.

A big majority of the respondents also favored the rice products owing to their portability and practicability.

Azanza said lessons learned in the study included “developing new technologies through inspiration and going against the tide to improve the food industry.”