Monthly Archives: August 2012

Carbonated Soft Drinks – Franchise Opportunity.

Soda King seems to offer a fairly simple, sound and promising franchise.

Homepage of Soda King 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.

Soda King  Franchises

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If you are interested I suggest you contact them, leave the technology and equipment to them and focus on your local market and input suppliers.

South African Book On Bottom Of The Pyramid

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 here, but that companies are starting to get things right which will eventually lead to success.

The book advocates co-operation in this market and will be running a pilot in Diepsloot to gather experience and test hypotheses.

New Markets New Mindsets 1

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The above webpage includes a video interview with one of the authors, which you can see by using the link below.

Solving Factory Waste Through Extraction of Valuable Chemicals

At first sight it seems like a good idea to add value to waste strems in the food processing industry.

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However, as the project leader says this is not rocket science. The composition of waste streams is generally well known and the technology to extract valuable components already established.It's naive to think companies are paying to dispose of waste streams that contain valuable chemicals which they could be easily extracting and selling.

Many waste streams are actually sold for other purposes such as animal feed and compost while many are already the source of high value chemicals such as essential oils and nutritional supplements. Waste streams have also been used for centuries to produce alternate energy.

Manufacturing companies focus strongly on waste and are just as capable of investigating such opportunities as are researchers.The issue is the financial viability of any particular process and the potential to set up all the players in the supply chain to ensure its sustainable operation.

Bespoke Fruit & Vegetable Washing Solutions?

Sometimes I expect more when I read. Headline like this one, probablyq because I am alive.

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Reading further this is a company that sells chlorine and sulphite based chemicals for fruit and vegetable rinsing. They now offer a service based on analysing the untreated water and developing a custom dosage regime for the factory's particular circumstances.

 

I would have thought that the chemical dosage is normally done on site using trial and error, but it makes publicity and marketing sense.

Mobile Processing

Mobile processing always comes up in brainstorming as a way of reducing capital investment in small scale food processing enterprises. Here is one I had not seen or considered.

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A previous post describes a transportable abattoir and I have seen transportable essential oil and a hammer millin plant. If you would like to input some other processes you have seen you can email me using this link.

 

Mad River Food Hub – renting Processing Capacity

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.

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This facility in Waitsfield, Vermont covers 370 m2 facility and offers two meat processing rooms, a vegetable/herb processing room and a smoking room as well as a shared dish-station, Industrial sized freezer & cooler and dry storage area. The centre also makes available a distribution service through a commercial food distributor.

The facility is approved for food and meat processing and is run as a for profit business. It is currently running at about a half of the 60% utilization required to break even, but the manager is confident of reaching this within a year.

The plant is run within a list of process and storage prices and even has a series of defined fines for actions from not cleaning properly to missing a booking.

While I have seen a number of incubators, processing centers and other models aimed at promoting small enterprises in a number of countries, the closest I have seen to this model was at Mahala in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

That centre offered the use of equipment to produce a number of food products including bread, fruit juice and vegetable oil (ref.: Fruit And Veg Cape Town). The center only operated while it was grant funded and failed as soon as grant funding ceased as utilization was low. It is interesting to note that the technologies offered weren’t focussed so much on farmer’s needs but were product linked. The centre also offered non food technologies with concrete block making being the most successful.

What information do you have to add? Why not email me and I will publish it here, to allow others the chance to understand success factors and not make the same mistakes!