Fruit and vegetable drying facility
Opportunity Description: This opportunity aims to add value to local crops by producing dehydrated fruits and vegetables suitable for both export and local consumption as either snacks or cooking ingredients. Dehydrated foods have a longer shelf-life and maintain nutritional value. The crops in focus are tomato, banana, grapes and mango because of their local abundance and compatible seasonality.
Food dehydration is a vast field that involves diverse technologies, each with its own advantages and disadvantages that vary according to the feedstock and final product specifications. Therefore, it was important to select a technology that can accommodate as many different fruits and vegetables as possible throughout the year. The selected technology uses a process called swell-drying, which can dehydrate most fruits and vegetables, as well as medicinal and aromatic plants.
PRODUCT: Product A: Dried tomato slices
Product B: Dried banana chips
Product C: Dried mango chips
Sector: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Processing
Market: Consumer Markets, Local and Export
Initial Investment Required: EGP 32m
Details Available: Pre-feasibility Study