Archive for the 'Product Design' Category

Nov 18 2014

All You Wanted to Know About Cocoa & Chocolate – Free Online Manual

This is an extremely detailed manual which is interesting just to scan but presumably really valuable to the manufacturer.

deZaan Cocoa and Chocolate Manual pdf

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some beautiful pics from the manual

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May 09 2014

Food Product Innovation

This is another of the many manuals by FAO. This one discusses product development, although in a someone theoretical way.

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The manual is broad, covering the following topics:

There is a lot of good information in here although for my liking its a bit theoretical and maybe it could do with some more interesting case studies.

It is, however, worth downloading and reading. It is 35 pages and was published in 2006 so is up to date and comprehensive.

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Feb 23 2014

Garden of Flavour Juices – Interesting Foods

Is this a real product or is it a marketing man’s response to a consumer trends survey?

Garden of Flavor cold pressed organic juices

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So what are the claims of this juice range

  • Organic
  • Cold Pressed
  • High Pressure Processed
  • Probiotic culture
  • Fresh ingredients
  • Never heated
  • Gluten Free

Very cleverly the probiotic survives high pressure process, so can essentially be added before the juice is high pressure processed to maximise its shelf life. By the way its not 100% clear if in bottle HPP processing is used or not – I ams to follow up on this.

The ingredients foci on healthy foods using citrus to improve the flavour of what they call Green Juice. Green Harmony includes the following ingredients – “Organic cucumber, Organic Apples, Organic Romaine Lettuce, Organic Kale, Organic Celery, Organic Lemon, Organic Spinach, Organic Parsley and Over One Billion Deliverable Probiotic Cultures”

So many characteristics that one wonders if it is not overdone, I don’t think I can find another processing/ingredient issue to add. Thats assuming there are no colorants or flavours added.

Then this high tech product goes into a very homely looking  package about which there are no environmental claims made. There is also no focus on sustainability which may be a problem with a juice that requires 5 kg of leafy green vegetables to produce 473 ml of juice.

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Sep 08 2013

National Mission on Food Processing – Free Online Information

The National Mission on Food Processing is an Indian web site that provides very detailed information for food processing entrepreneurs on a wide range of food products.

A webpage offering detailed food processing business information

from: National Mission on Food Procesing
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The site provides wide ranging information including product and process descriptions as well as costing and financial analysis. It is focused on the needs of smaller and start up entrepreneurs, although the information would be valuable to any processor. Some 110 product are covered in this manual.

Unfortunately, the information and especially the suppliers and costing is developed for application in India. However, it is still a useful source of information for any entrepreneur.

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May 25 2013

Novel Packaging for Free Distribution

This is a really impressive packaging innovation, which must surely open new opportunities.

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The Yamoyo kit provides all that is necessary for the treatment of dehydration resulting from diarrhea.

The novelty lies in the fact that the pack is designed to fit into unused space in crates of coca cola. This enables it to be widely distributed for free.

 

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Mar 31 2013

Revealable Beverage Can – Single Screenshot Series

 

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Dec 07 2012

Cool Drinks For The Pub

It's interesting when you think about it that there are no non alcoholic drinks especially made for consumption in an environment where many people are drinking speciality alcoholic drinks. That's so long as you leave out alcohol free beer and sparkling wine.

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So Instead of having that cream soda or coke in the bar you can try Original, Fire, Ice and Thunder in these attractive metalcised bottles. The drinks are apple based with complex dry and bitter flavours giving a sophisticated premium alternative.

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Oct 30 2012

PROCESSING PINEAPPLE PULP INTO DIETARY FIBRE SUPPLEMENT – FREE ONLINE PAPER

The article by N Ackom and K Tano-Debrah in the latest edition of AJFAND Online presents a well explained and investigated process to produce a pineapple fibre for use in food formulations. The study at University of Ghana, Lagon was practical and produced fibre products that were used to produce muffins and biscuits which were acceptable to consumers. The corresponding author can be contacted at newusie@yahoo.co.uk.

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This process addresses the fourth level in the EPAs Food Recovery Heirachy, ie develop an industrial use for the waste food. The EPAs Food Recovery Heirachy puts feeding animals as third after reduce loss and feed people, the first 2.

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Oct 21 2012

Innovating in Baked Beans

I often use baked beans as a stereotype of a food where the completion is mainly on price and the small entrepreneur has no chance of penetrating because he can't get his price competitive until, he has a market which he can't get until he is competitive. Now Rhodes seem to be turning my argument around.

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Here they come with different flavours and formulations and sell nutritional and demographic needs!

 

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Mar 08 2012

Manual For Entrepreneurs: Food Processing Industry – Free Online Information

This is a free 200 page manual developed for Food Processing entrepreneurs in India.

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Since it’s written for Indian entrepreneurs a lot of the business information is only really applicable in India, but there is still a lot of interest. This free version was written around 2000, so if the numbers in the overview of the food industry are important you would be advised to buy a newer version.

The scope of the manual as indicated by the table of contents:

1. The Food Processing Sector in India
2. The Impact of Policy on Enterprises
3. Who is an Entrepreneur?
4. Soft Skills for Entrepreneurs
5. Planning a Small-Scale Unit: Whom to Approach for What
6. Business Opportunity Identification
7. Market Survey Tools, Preparation of Schedule and Techniques of Data Collection
8. Production Programme, Plant Capacity, ManpowerRequirements and Layout
9. Business Plan Format for Tiny and Small Enterprises
10. The Financials of a Project Report
11. Assessing Financial Viability of the Project
12. Bookkeeping and Accounting and Financial Statements
13. Costing and Pricing of Products
14. Working Capital Management 14515. Marketing Management
16. Applied Management in Business: Learning from Existing Businesses
17. Legal Requirements
18. Support Institutions for Promotion of Food Processing Sector

Rather India focussed annexures include many contacts as well as a more general list of references and suggested reading.

The manual is very practical and detailed with many checklists, forms, case studies and financial calculations to assist the entrepreneur to cover all necessary aspects of setting up an enterprise.

The manual does not provide food processing information, only providing a list of potential technology and equipment suppliers

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