This simple description outlines the process and equipment used in the commercial production of potato crisps.
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If you are interested in the smaller scale production of potato crisps as the basis for a household business, Practical Action publish a Technical Brief [...]
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.
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The site provides wide ranging information including product and process descriptions as well as costing [...]
This presentation by the DTI contains interesting information on Food Processing and the Food Processing Industry in South Africa. Although it is rather old, much of the information is still of value.
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This paper looks in some detail at the production of juice, jam, jelly and muffins from Marula, Monkey Orange and Embee.
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The results are good and show a high degree of acceptance for the products made.
However, having just been looking at some of [...]
This is like a case study for the Product Lifecycle and the Ansoff Matrix approaches to market development.
Wedgewood have just come up with Race Food
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Which has a somewhat different feel to its existing product, which has a totally different look.
On the product lifecycle [...]
Over the next while there will probably be a number of posts showing that smaller alternatives to the multinational food companies, are where growth is happening at present. An interesting question is does this also bring the “try it quickly and fail” approach used in the computing industry to the Food Industry?
This page of links from the South African Bureau of Standards is really helpful for new and developing entrepreneurs.
Soda King seems to offer a fairly simple, sound and promising franchise.
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They are reasonably new so there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs in Africa, although there is also Tanzanian franchise not shown on this map.
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If you are interested I suggest [...]
New Markets, New Mindsets is a book that attempts to provide information to assist enterprises to sell to the very poorest – the so called bottom of the pyramid. It is based on real information from South African experiences.
The book says that no one has yet found the way to sell profitably and sustainably [...]
This processing centre in the USA appears to have managed to set itself up to support small scale processors, unlike many failed African attempts I have seen. It seems a sensible approach and I would really like to hear about successful businesses similar to this in Africa. But let's look at this one first.