Betel Leaf Tea
On 25 Feb 2021, a Technology Transfer Agreement was signed between Nitte (Deemed to be University) and M/S Eshanya Beverages for commercialization of a patented technology for production of beverages from betel leaf. Mr H S Sandeep Kumar, Promotor and Director, Eshanya Beverages and Dr Alka Kulkarni, Registrar, Nitte DU signed the agreement. The Chancellor of Nitte DU, Shri Vinay Hegde handed over the technology package to Eshanya Beverages in the presence of Dr Shantharam Shetty, Shri Vishal Hegde, Pro Chancellors, Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice Chancellor, Shri Rajendra, Finance Director; Dr Iddya Karunasagar, Advisor, Research and Patent; Dr Indrani Karunasagar, Director, DST NU-TEC; Dr Prakash, Dean, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy and Dr Mamatha, B.S., Assistant Professor and developer of the technology for beverages from betel leaf .
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) Technology Enabling Centre at Nitte DU (NU-TEC) has the mandate to facilitate development and transfer of technologies for commercialization. DST NU-TEC facilitated the development of technology for the production of beverages from betel leaf, which is rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial molecules. Betel leaf is also considered to act as a natural appetizer, digestive, mild stimulant, aphrodisiac and refreshing mastication. The technology was developed bearing in mind regulatory as well as consumer requirements. The product was evaluated by a team of organoleptic assessors as well as by analytical laboratory before release for commercialization. The product is expected to reach the market in a couple of months. M/S Eshanya Beverages is exploring even overseas market for the products.