Monthly Archives: July 2010

Local Farmers and Processor Provides Food Aid, Replacing Imports

This is so simple but so powerful its sad its taken so long to happen and is the exception rather than the practice.


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from: World Food Programme
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For years we have known and seen in reports and comments lately that the food aid is as much a mechanism for selling excess crops produced with farming subsidies and transporting it halfway around the world as feeding starving people.

In Timor-Leste the World Food Programme has worked with coffe exporter and government to modify a coffee factory into a processing facility producing corn soya blend (CSB) for the feeding of undernourished mothers and children.

The article goes through the difficulties such as introducing a quality structure, sourcing equipment, supporting farmers. However, the plant now produced 200 tons a year which meets a substantial part of the needs.


Vegetables appear to have real advantages over fruit for the juice industry – but will consumers change? RSS Feed
26 July 2010 16:39

Can vegetable juices save the juice industry?

The juice industry is losing market share to waters due to higher calorific values, acidity and price. How can vegetable juices turn this negative trend? Harry Zwart finds out.

Vegetable juice concentrates can make a valuable contribution when facing these key issues:

Calorific values

In general, vegetable juice contains approximately 30% less calories than fruit juice. For example, a 200ml glass of orange juice contains 92 calories as opposed to 62 calories in a glass of carrot juice. Combining fruit and vegetable juices can provide a full-bodied taste and a content of 100% fruits and vegetables, but with fewer calories, which fits well in a calorie-reduced diet.

Acidity reduction

Consumer reports have shown that certain consumers prefer not to drink 100% fruit juice because of its acidity. As vegetable juice contains less acid, blending a fruit juice with a vegetable juice will reduce the overall acid level of the blend, with less impact on teeth and reflux.

Price pressures

Retailers are putting pressure on overall price levels and rarely allow price increases. Also, price fluctuations of certain fruits have led to de-listings. To regain this volume and defend market share, a lower and more stable price is important.

At SVZ International, we grow all of our vegetables under contract with farmers with stabilised prices, so it’s possible to have a fixed price for a longer period. It’s beneficial to already know the contract price at an early stage without unpleasant surprises afterwards. Vegetable prices are on average also lower than a lot of fruits, which will lead to a lower blend price for fruit and vegetable juices.

Convenience, health aspects and sustainability

Many consumers have difficulties reaching the required daily intake (RDI) level for vegetables. Drinking a blend of fruit and vegetable juices can help to reach that RDI. The blend can be one of the required ‘five a day’.

Vegetables are perceived as healthy by people all over the world. This healthy image is based on functionalities such as the fibre content and specific bioactive ingredients, for example:

  • Red beet – rich in folic acid and betaine, which may have positive effects on reducing fat accumulation, as well as the immune system and stamina.
  • Carrot – contains higher amounts of carotenoids, which are linked to possible positive effects against heart diseases and cancer. The high vitamin A content is related to cholesterol reduction.
  • Spinach – contains vitamin A, but also glucosinolates and lutein, which are all linked to possible positive effects against heart disease and cancer.

Vegetables also have a vitamin pattern that’s different from fruit. Where fruits are mostly known for their vitamin C content, vegetables also contain other vitamins such as A, B and K.

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility

Food production is contributing to the carbon dioxide emission and therefore a reduced carbon footprint is highly appreciated. In general, vegetables can be grown in any location, and SVZ has chosen to grow all the vegetables in the surroundings of its juice processing plants in Poland and the US.

The few kilometres between the growing area and the production plant guarantee fresh raw materials and a minimum CO2 emission per kilogram end product. Most vegetables are grown under Agronomical Frameworks, as this comes with contract growing and offers security to the farmers. Within this, the use of pesticides is prescribed as well as controlled. The result is a correct, minimal dosage of pesticides, which is beneficial not only to the environment, but also to the farmer and the consumer.

Vegetable juices offer exciting marketing opportunities through new taste combinations and in promoting various aspects of health and sustainability.

Harry Zwart is product group manager vegetables & organics for SVZ International.

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Freshpict, a Zambian Fruit and Vegetable Canner – African Food Processor.

This Zambian company produces a wide range of canned fruit and vegetables.

Suppliers Website

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These include a wide range of products using beans, tomatoes, onion, sweet corn, sundried tomatoes, cherry peppers, pineapple, guava, and gooseberries.


Food Drying – An Overview With Good Links

This is a short 10 page note from The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service . It summarises the various drying technologies applicable to food drying in a concise manner, supporting this with some cost information.



from: ATTRA
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It then focusses on the potential of drying as a value addition process on the farm before ending with a lot of information and supplier links.


Functional Foods – Falling off the Big Trends Lists

I remember some years ago when functional foods was one of the focuses of research at the CSIR Food Processing programme because it was an agreed on major trend in the Food Industry. At the CSIR it was difficult to find the food processors roll, it being more a discovery and testing focus. This lead to the programme loosing its enthusiasm and changing focus. It now seems that the Industry might loose its enthusiasm for functional foods as well, but for different reasons.

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The Industry’s problem lies in the complexity of advertising and selling the health claims associated with the foods.

The European Union has introduced new regulations for food health claims which seem to be approaching the demands of the pharmaceutical certification process, which makes no sense for the Food Industry which works on much smaller margins. There’s an interesting discussion on Beetroot health claims on the BBC Food Programme I posted on a few weeks ago.

In the United States there are a number of cases where major companies (Nestle, Damone, Wrigleys and General Mills included) are settling class action claims or being forced by the FederalTrade Commission to withdraw advertising.

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I suppose well informed consumers will have learnt enough to continue buying these products but it must effect the projected growth. What opportunities will the consumer, not be offered, because of the less attractive business from a suppliers viewpoint.


How I Spent My 67 Minutes in Honour of Nelson Mandela.

I’m a firm believer in people doing best, if they work for themselves rather than accept handouts. I therefore support SMME job creation as one of the tools to removing poverty in rural areas of South Africa. However, many of those in poverty in South Africa need information to support them in starting their own business – that’s why I run this website. I hope people working with those in poverty are able to use this information to assist.

For Nelson Mandela’s birthday I have spent my 67 minutes putting this free spreadsheet online.


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The spreadsheet can be run by anyone by clicking on the image above or using the link and I also provide it free to anyone who emails me here.

The spreadsheet is easy to use and could therefore also be used by any potential entrepreneur able to access the INTERNET.


Falling Film Evaporator – Equipment Series

Falling Film Evaporators are designed for the production of concentrates from heat sensitive liquids.


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from: GEA-Wiegand
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The text on the above image from a Wiegand brochure reads:


Vertical shell-and-tube heat exchanger, with laterally or con- centrically arranged centrifugal separator.

The liquid to be concentrated is supplied to the top of the heating tubes and distributed in such a way as to flow down the inside of the tube walls as a thin film. The liquid film starts to boil due to the external heating of the tubes and is partially evaporated as a result. The downward flow, caused initially by gravity, is enhanced by the parallel, downward flow of the vapour formed. Residual film liquid and vapour is separated in the lower part of the calandria and in the downstream centrifugal droplet separator. It is essential that the entire film heating surface, es- pecially in the lower regions, be evenly and sufficiently wetted with liquid. Where this is not the case, dry spots will result


Snails- Export Opportunity For Africa.

This manual, as its title implies is focussed on the farming of snails covering the topic in great depth.



from: Anancy
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There is, however quite a lot online on the marketing and processing of snails in a number of different sources. To have a look click this link and you will be assisted to make a google search which should give you a good start to finding useful information.

Anyone with information to share can email me here. and I will add links here.


GMP & HACCP In Fruit & Vegetable Processing

This is a useful 40 page document from a USAID project. What is interesting about the document is that it addresses two levels, the overall GMP & HACCP process and suggestions on how to introduce them as well as the detailed information on design, finishes, practices, conditions of processing plants that all require attention.



from: USAID
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The table of contents clarifies the scope of the report.