The Central Visayas Food Innovation Center (CVFIC) was launched on July 28, 2016 at the CIT-University, N. Bacalso Street, Cebu City. This is a joint project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 7 and Cebu Institute of Technology University (CIT-U) and is supported by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development.
CVFIC serves as the hub for innovations, research and development, as well as support services, adding value to fresh produce as well as processed foods. With the theme, “transforming concepts into products and making local innovations work” CVFIC services include Food Research & Testing Laboratory, Technology and Information System, Technology Training, Technical Consultancy & Advisory, and Packaging & Labeling of products.
Tools and equipment available and operational at CVFIC are the Spray Dyer and Vacuum Fryer. Products of the vacuum fryer were displayed and were served for tasting namely, okra chips, string bean chips, camote chips, taro chips and carrot chips. All these were vacuum fried. The spray dryer on the other hand produced powdered buko (coconut) juice and powdered calamansi tea.
CVFIC is fully operational and open for business beginning August 15, 2016