Fruit toffee and fruit bar are delicious and nutritious products. The manufacturing process is simple. And the commercial manufacturing is a highly profitable business. Here in this article, we intend to explore how to start a small fruit toffee and fruit bar manufacturing business.
Fruits are highly perishable items. Additionally, fruits are only available on the seasonal basis. Therefore, different types of value-added processed fruit products are commercially very successful. Fruit bar is a traditional item. However, commercially produced fruit bars are better in terms of colour, taste, and quality. Furthermore, fruit toffee is a highly nutritious food compared to other toffee and chocolates. Pulpy fruits like banana, mango, guava, apple, pineapple etc. are the best fruits for making fruit bars. In addition, you can start this business with small startup capital investment.
Fruit Bar & Toffee Market Potential
Fruit toffee and fruit bar are considered as healthy snacks items. In addition, these products have better demand compared to sun dried items. In addition, these items have the larger shelf life than fresh fruits. The products have good export potential also. However, for export, you must pay attention to the quality and packaging of the product. Apart from the retail market, you can offer these products to your institutional clients. Additionally, fruit toffee containing fruit pulps or juices are very popular in the Indian market.
Our country is the second largest producer of fresh fruits and vegetables in the world. Globally, the Indian food processing industry is ranked fifth considering its high quantum of consumption and production. USA, UK, and The Netherlands are main markets for processed foods, with the USA playing the lead by importing 15% mango and mango pulp and 9% grapes. The major market for tropical dried fruit is Europe. Finally, if you living in an area where you can procure the fresh fruits easily then you can consider starting this business.
Fruit Toffee & Fruit Bar Manufacturing Legal Compliance
Even in starting a small scale fruit toffee and fruit bar manufacturing business, you have to obtain different registrations and licenses. It is advisable to check your state law. However, here we put some of the basic consideration.
- Register your business with ROC.
- Obtain Trade License from the local Municipal authority.
- Apply for MSME Udyog Aadhaar online registration.
- Obtain FSSAI registration.
- Check the VAT rules of your state.
- Additionally, you can apply for ISO 9001 for quality certification.
- Finally, you can protect your product brand name by registering Trademark.
Fruit Toffee & Fruit Bar Manufacturing Plant & Machine
In initiating a small scale production unit, a 500 Sq Mt space is sufficient. However, according to the desired production quantity output, you must select the area of your unit. In addition, you will need to provide the major utilities like water, electricity and semi-skilled labors.
- Pulp and Juice preparation line consisting of Baby Pulper, Fruit mill, Preparation Table, SS Trays, set of Knives etc.
- Raw material mixing and boiling section consisting of Holding Tank, Homogeniser, Steam jacketed kettles, pump etc.
- Tray dryers
- Weighing scale
- Toffee drawing and cutting machine
- Cooling conveyor
- Wrapping /Packing machine
- Trays, Preparation Tables, Trolley, electrical etc.
- Laboratory equipment
Fruit Toffee Fruit Bar Production Process & Raw Materials
The manufacturing process is simple and standardised. First of all, you will need to thoroughly wash the fresh and ripe fruits. And then extract the pulp from the fruits. Then mix the pulp with the required quantity of sugar. This blend is then dehydrated in tray dryer and drying time is around 18-20.
In fruit toffee, you will need to mix sugar, colour, preservatives, glucose, skimmed milk powder, hydrogenated fat, flavour etc.
In next step, dehydrate this blend in tray dryer and drying time is around 18-20 hours. On cooling, cut the slabs in pre-determined sizes and are pack in BOPP or other food grade printed film. These packs are packed in cardboard or duplex board boxes for onward distribution.The average yield is around 75%. CFTRI, Mysore has successfully commercialised the production process.
Raw Materials & Availability
You will need to procure the raw materials like fruit pulps and juices, starch, sugar, colour, preservatives, skimmed milk powder, hydrogenated fat, flavour, glucose etc. Either you can obtain the fruit pulps from other fruits and vegetable processing units or you can produce your own. Since your unit is small and the quantity required is small it is cheaper to procure it from other manufacturers.
Finally, you have to procure flexible packaging materials like polyester-polyethylene laminate, polyester-aluminum foil-polyethylene laminates, corrugated board boxes etc.