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.


Misleading Packaging, The Same The World Over? – 5 Months in Bourgogne IV

I’ve always taken the arguments about cereals “compacting” in the retail chain as the reason for boxes with large ullages with a large pinches of salt. Just like the thick separating sheets that mean you get fewer layers of chocolates in a box and the false bottoms I believe its an attempt to make the consumer think they are getting more than they are.

Here is one from Bourgogne thats just too obvious!

A pack of 6 Merguez in their packaging

photograph by DIGIVU

published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.


By the way Merguez is a spicy lamb sausage of Moroccan or North African origin – very nice.

A pack of 6 Merguez with the packaging open.

photograph by DIGIVU

published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.


Assesment of The Potential For Leafy Green Vegetables in Cameroon.

This paper published in African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) reaveals the simple constraints which seem to apply to much of food distribution in Africa.

Http www ajfand net Volume11 No2 Berinyuy9535 pdf

from: AJFAND
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The paper addressed the socioeconomic importance of indigenous vegetables, the potential for leafy green vegetables in Cameroon and post harvest losses and processing. Amongst its conclusions are:

The low capital requirements for getting into this market and the relative lack of barriers also meant that this was a competitive market, and earnings were thus, generally low.

Because appropriate packaging was not available, transportation and handling caused physical damage that later resulted in losses.

The sun- dried vegetables were not appealing to consumers because the appearance was unattractive due to re-wetting during drying and possible contamination by flying objects and domestic livestock.

Producing and marketing indigenous vegetables in Cameroon hold great promise to provide a livelihood to the rural and peri-urban poor families through providing employment, and can contribute significantly towards poverty alleviation and food

An informative paper, but does it highlight something about how we in Africa ignore simple things like some packaging and a bit of evaporative cooling storage – are we too unconcerned about quality or does the consumer just not have the money or are we just too lazy. It doesn’t seem to be the money issue because the South African Supermarkets seem to making good business by filling the niche or quality vegetables!

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.


Free Online Information – Fruit Juice Processing

For a really detailed and technologically strong document on the production of all kinds of juice there is nothing to beat this free publication on the FAO site.


Principles and practices of small - and medium - scale fruit juice processing.jpg

from: FAO
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This is an immensely informative book that covers all technologies from the simplest hand processing to the state of the art aseptic systems.

It provides contacts to suppliers and links to other information. It is, however, a bit light on the practical things such as factory design, process management, business design etc. Petrer Fellows’ book on Fruit and Vegetable processing, can probably be used by the new entrepreneur to supplement this technological information.