Humanities › History & Culture Benjamin Almeda Benjamin Almeda Sr. designed several food-processing machines Share Flipboard Email Print igor kisselev/Getty Images History & Culture Inventions Famous Inventors Famous Inventions Patents & Trademarks Invention Timelines Computers & The Internet American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Mary Bellis Inventions Expert Mary Bellis covered inventions and inventors for ThoughtCo for 18 years. She is known for her independent films and documentaries, including one about Alexander Graham Bell. our editorial process Mary Bellis Updated March 01, 2019 Known as the "Father of Filipino Inventors," Benjamin Almeda Sr. in 1954 founded the Almeda Cottage Industry (now named the Alameda Food Machineries Corporation) in Manila, Philippines, which manufactures his numerous basic food-processing inventions. Carlos Almeda, Almeda Sr.'s youngest son, now runs the business. His other son, Benjamin Almeda Jr., is also an inventor with patents granted and pending for his father's company. Almeda's Industrial Inventions Almeda Sr. invented the rice grinder, meat grinder, and coconut grater. Add to that the ice shaver, waffle cooker, barbecue cooker, hot dog griller and portable toaster. Almeda Sr. designed his inventions mainly for use by the fast-food industry and sandwich stands, thereby further improving the food industry in terms of processing food much quicker and easier. Award-Winning Inventor For his inventions and electronic gadget contributions to the food industry, Almeda Sr. won not only national and international recognition but also prestigious industry awards. He received the Panday Pay Award for Skilled Technician in 1977. A few years later, Almeda Sr. was awarded a gold medal from the World Intellectual Property Organization — one of the 17 specialized agencies of the United Nations created to "encourage creative activity" and "promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world."