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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

ITI developed technology for manufacturing of rice crackers

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 12 December, ( The Industrial Technological Institute [ITI] says it has developed technology for the manufacture of rice crackers after several years of research .

The ITI said the new rice crackers have two flavors - chicken and chocolate. The ITI developed this technology for a multi-national company in Sri Lanka- CIC Ltd and the company now follows this technology to manufacture rice based crackers.

According to the company it is interesting to manufacture the new food item.

After several laboratory trials, the researchers at the Food Technology Section of the ITI was able to develop a product to match the company’s requirements.

Rice crackers are flat crispy snacks made with puffed rice grains attached to each other. Although seemingly straight forward, much research is required to produce a satisfactory product, as crackers cannot be made with all varieties of rice.

Trials carried out with different varieties revealed that varieties with low amylose content were necessary for the production of high quality rice crackers, said ITI spokesman.

During the research a batch of sweet and savory rice crackers have been manufactured and issued to CIC Ltd., for test market trials from their sales outlets. A launch of this product will also held shortly.

Meanwhile local marketers say promoting of rice based sweets would assist the farmers to sell their paddy at a reasonable rate. This effort will be a great assistance for the farming community in the country.

- Asian Tribune -

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