ItikPinas Marketing Technologies: Spray-dried Salted Egg Powder and Balut Vending Machine
Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research Development
In support of the success of ItikPinas-- the first and only Philippine layer duck breed, developed through organized breeding and selection to address the industry’s problem of low and inconsistent egg production performance and product quality of the traditional mongrel ducks-- DOST-PCAARRD offers marketing technologies for ItikPinas products: the spray-dried salted egg powder production method and the balut vending machine. The Spray-dried salted duck egg powder not only offers flavor but also provides product innovations in the market. Spray-dried salted duck egg powders are lighter in color and have finer particles than cabinet-dried powders. On the other hand, the balut vending machine consists of stackable, easy-to-load/unload spiral trays housed inside a stainless steel casing for egg storing, an egg-dispensing mechanism for egg conveyance, a dry heating system to facilitate heating and maintaining the desired temperature that extends shelf life without sacrificing its nutritional contents, microcontroller-enabled vending system, and power supply system. This vending machine is also governed upon payment through bill and coin acceptors.