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Sensor Aroma Koko And Cocoa Green Tea As Potential Innovation For Cocoa Industry

Bioaromatic Research Centre has participated in Cocoa Invention, Innovation & Exhibition (CIIE) 2022 organized by The Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) which was held at Cocoa Biotechnology Research Center (CBRC) located in Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) on 21-23 July 2022. The contested category is innovative products that are beneficial, reusable, up-to-date, and have the potential to improve the quality of cocoa products, such as the production of attractive and premium chocolate box designs.

Sensor Aroma Koko, an innovative e-Nose odor sensor technology using artificial intelligence, AI to improve the evaluations of cocoa beans quality had won the gold medal for the non-food category. The Director of BioAromatic Research Centre, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saiful Nizam Tajuddin as a representative for the research teams (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sharfi Najib, Suhaimi Mohd Daud and Nik Fatin Nabilah Muhammad Nordin) also received the best innovation award for Sensor Aroma Koko. The award was presented by MCB Chairwoman Rahimah Majid. Also present were MCB Director- General Dr Ramle Hj Kasin and his Deputy (R&D) Dr Ahmad Kamil Mohd Jaaffar.

Another invention product showcased for the food category was Cocoa Green Tea, has been awarded with the silver medal. Cocoa Green Tea is a collaboration project between MCB-UMP. The research is conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saiful Nizam bin Tajuddin, Dr Zainal bin Baharum, and Nurul Aishah binti Mohd Tamizi.