A surge in customers’ preference for healthy eating and drinking habits is on the rise across the globe including Africa so that demands for smoothies and drinks made from fresh fruit juices, without sweeteners and preservatives, are on the increase when compared to the demands for carbonated drinks such as Coca-Cola, Fanta, La Casera and Pepsi. Here are some tips to turn your fruit into delicious fresh fruit juice!
Overview of African fresh fruit juice market
Africa is rich in tropical fruits such as pineapples, oranges, lime, lemon, bananas, plantain, grapes, mangoes and tangerine so that the continent of Africa represents a massive opportunity for juice production to add value to local products especially for local consumption.
Investment in African fresh fruit juice production promises to be highly rewarding due to low initial costs of investments when compared to the high prospect of a huge and fast return on your investment. This is because the consumption of drinks and smoothies from fresh fruit juice is rapidly becoming popular among Africans in their local settings especially because of a growing increase in the awareness of the benefit of eating and drinking healthy products and the typical hot tropical climate in most parts of Africa which makes drinking ice-cold juice drinks a popular demand among consumers in Africa for most of the days through the year.
How to manufacture fresh fruit juice in Africa
The key processes involved with fruit juice production include washing mashing, destoning, pressing and shredding the fruits to extract juice, filtering and settling the extracted juice. The gas pasteurizing stage involves the application of heat at the right temperature to preserve the juice. The last stage is the hot filling and packaging stage where one of the three available options is taken to package your product for the different categories of your customers.
The production line for a small-scale fresh fruit and smoothie firm can be set up for about 200 liters of finished product per hour.
There are three options for the packaging of the finished fresh fruit products and these are the use of either glass bottles, pet bottles or bag-in-box for hot filling option.
As part of staff planning and depending on the size of your production line for your African fruit production business, you would need line workers such as food technicians, machine operators, quality control staff, supervisors, managerial and marketing personnel, technicians and product distribution staff.
If you seek the partnership of experts like Africa Processing UK, you will have expert and technical personnel at your beck and call that will give you the confidence to start your food processing business in Africa and ultimately become a proud owner of a profitable business in Africa.
How Africa Processing can help you
Africa Processing is the result of five companies – all specialised in different areas of food processing – joining forces to benefit local food production in Africa. Africa Processing can assist in business plan, food product development, factory engineering, machine and equipment configuration, production startup and on-site training. We help you setup and run a successful food processing business in Africa. Contact us today and let’s start talking about your fresh juice project!