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The Philippine entry -- DON ROBERTO'S MANGO WINE-- in the FINAT INTERNATIONAL LABEL COMPETITION 2003 won FIRST PRIZE - GOLD AWARD during the FINAT International Congress in Vienna, Austria last June 4-7, 2003. Because of this the DON ROBERTO'S MANGO WINE (green-dry & sweet-yellow) will be exhibited in the INTERNATIONAL LABEL CONGRESS in Brussels, Belgium on Sept. 24 - 27, 2003 thus the President, MR. ROBERTO R. CASTAÑEDA, was invited to attend the said congress to promote the Mango Wine. Mr. Castañeda will be very proud to visit Brussels, not as the maker of the wine, but as a FILIPINO representing the PHILIPPINES as the Gold Award winner.


Philippine mango exports are expected to increase with the introduction of the Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) for mangoes. The technology is now available through the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Food Research Institute.

The MAP has been specifically adapted for Philippine mangoes that have generally thinner skins than those indigenous to other countries. The technology was earlier identified by the Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions (CITEM) in 1992. Since then, the Philippine Food Development Center and the KFRI conducted joint experiments from 1995 to 1998 before the suitable zeolite-coated film was deemed fit for use.

The development of the technology for Philippine mangoes effectively addresses the need to delay the ripening of the delectable fruit and allow for seafreight. Philippine mangoes may thus be shipped to far-away destinations at more competitive prices.

The mangoes are simply packed in carton boxes lined with MAP film and stored under prescribed conditions. The thin plastic film restricts gas exchange, delaying ripening by increasing carbon dioxide and reducing oxygen. Ripening can be effectively delayed from the original seven (7) days to twenty-nine (29) days. Extensive tests prove that MAP technology does not have any significant effect on taste or the general appearance of the fruit.

The MAP prototype is currently manufactured in the country by United Polyresin, Inc. and First Colors Inc. and is available to fruit producers. The MAP technology may also be modified for use on other fruits (i.e. papaya), vegetables and cutflowers.

On 8 June 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo awarded special plaques of appreciation to the KFRI, MOST and the Korean scientists, Dr. Hyung Woo Park and Dr. Dongman Kim for their contribution to MAP for Philippine Mangoes in simple ceremonies at the Malacañang Palace.









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