Tag Archives: Packaging

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.


Crispy Banana Snacks

Its only coincidence that this comes after I start posting about drying! What caught my eye was the high value add obtained for this product which is after all widely available in tropical africa in a somewhat less attractive format.


New Food Products | Crispy Bananas Debut in the Snack Aisle | Food Processing.jpg

from: Food Processing
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The product is described as “kosher-certified, all-natural snacks that are dairy-and gluten-free and contain no added sugar, preservatives, colors, flavors, fat or cholesterol”. Each 15g pack contain about a banana and contains 2g fibre and mainly carbohydrate.

The interesting point is the selling price which is US$ 1.50 a pack, probably a result of expensive freeze drying technology and a costly pack but also linked to the multiple product quality claims.


Packaging Resources in West Africa

Packaging is very often a major problem in small and medium scale processing in Africa – poorly packaged products will seldom compete with well designed imports.

This document is another one from the West Africa Trade Hub, a really good resource especially for businesses in West Africa. On the other hand much of the information is generic and an East African business could source local suppliers through the West African suppliers listed here



from: West Africa Trade Hub
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The document, which is free to download has sections covering general information on different kinds of packaging, information on selecting packaging, specific information on labeling and EU & US regulations, some focused information for West Africa, a directory of West African packaging suppliers, a case study on cashew packaging and a list of appropriate websites.

The 27 page document is well illustrated and contains practical and useful information.


Small Scale Spice Processing

This document which is readable online and downloadable in pdf format is another quality document that outlines a small business opportunity.



from: Practical Action
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The headings of the document are:

    • Introduction
    • Correct harvesting time
    • Cleaning
    • Drying
    • Drying during the dry season
    • Drying during the wet season
    • Grading
    • Grinding
    • Packaging
    • Equipment suppliers

Drying requirements are given for mace, nutmeg, cloves, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, pepper, pimento, chillies, ginger, cardamom.

Sketches of different types of drying equipment are included and the suppliers section has contact details for seven suppliers of mills.