Kalinga coffee cookies nominated most innovative product in OTOP expo
By:LARRY LOPEZ / PIA KALINGA
Posted: 01-Oct-2011 / 4 years 8 weeks ago
TABUK, Kalinga ,(PIA) - - Kalinga Coffee Cookies, the newest locally processed food product of the province was a nominee in the recent 2011 One Town One Product (OTOP) National Expo Philippines at SM Mega Mall.
A native pastries out of powdered roasted coffee, mixed with flour, sugar, butter and other ingredients, Kalinga Coffee Cookies immediately gained its market at the expo Philippines.
DTI provincial office staff Benita Mangadap, who accompanied the expo exhibitors, said nominees under the most innovative products during fairs and expos are chosen from newest finished product out of existing ones.
Kalinga had coffee, upland Unoy rice and ethnic woven items as its three product entries to the OTOP expo.
The Kalinga Coffee Cookies is a product of Sally Pepito of Barangay Bantay, here. She produces line of coffee cookies and is now supplying local markets.
Operating a small bakery in their place, Sally had the opportunity to attend a training sponsored by the Rural Micro-entrepreneur Promotion Program (Rumepp) here and was encouraged to expand her line of products from resource-based materials.
She sought assistance of the Rumepp based at the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and was taught the technology on coffee cookies baking.Shortly after, she was granted an oven for her coffee cookies under the Rumepp assistance to micro-entrepreneurs.
Under its regular product development program, DTI-Kalinga provided further assistance to Sally to improve packaging of its coffee cookies and opened market opportunities.
Because of her expanding market, Sally is granted P100,000 cash assistance from Rumepp to be released very soon, as build-up capital of her bakery business. *(JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)