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Calamansi Juice with Camote Leaf Extract: A Product Development

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Abstract: Calamansi is an abundant naturally-grown citrus tree and is one of the sources of staple fruit juice in the Philippines. Hence, this research study aimed to develop an acceptable mock-tail drink that utilized the extract of Calamansi Juice with Camote Leaves. The conceptual framework utilized was the Product Development framework, which is a systematic, commercially oriented research to examine what constitutes a new developed product that satisfies every consumer. Factors considered in the product testing included the appearance, taste, color, consistency, aroma and general acceptability that distinguished food product development which are the ethical considerations of producing large volume of safe and healthy food product for human consumption. In line with this, a product testing with one product sample was conducted and participated by the three hundred fifty four (354) student respondents, eighty four (84) teacher respondents, and ten (10) entrepreneur respondents. An evaluation sheet using the modified nine-point Hedonic scale was devised for the conduct of product testing that established the overall acceptability of the product from the respondents.Based on the results of the product test, it was concluded that the Calamansi-based mock-tail with Camote leaf extract was viable for introduction to the market. Moreover, the general quality of the product was acceptable and satisfied the expectations of the intended consumers based on the recipe formulated. Recommendations were the production and distribution of the non-alcoholic product at Central Philippines State University as substitute to soft-drinks to decrease the latter’s adverse impacts on the health of the consumers while utilizing the natural and organic resources for agricultural development which is part of the overall campaign of the government to achieve food and staple sufficiency and veer away from preservative-based food products.

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