Fruit toffee and fruit bars are delicious and nutritious products. The manufacturing process is simple. And 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 a seasonal basis. Therefore, different types of value-added processed fruit products are commercially very successful. The fruit bar is a traditional candy item.
However, commercially produced fruit bars are better in terms of color, 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 a small startup capital investment.
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Is Fruit Bar & Toffee Business Profitable?
Fruit toffee and fruit bars are considered healthy snack items. In addition, these products have better demand compared to sun-dried items. In addition, these items have a 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 is 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.
The USA, UK, and The Netherlands are the 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 in Europe. Finally, if you living in an area where you can procure fresh fruits easily then you can consider starting this business.
Here are the 6 Steps to Start Fruit Toffee & Fruit Bar Manufacturing Business
1. Legal Compliances
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 considerations.
- Register your business with ROC.
- Obtain Trade License from the local Municipal authority.
- Apply for MSME Udyog Aadhaar online registration.
- Apply for GST registration number
- Additionally, you can apply for ISO 9001 for quality certification.
- Finally, you can protect your product brand name by registering Trademark.
2. Fruit Toffee & Fruit Bar Manufacturing Plant & Machine
In initiating a small-scale production unit, a 500 sq ft 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 major utilities like water, electricity, and semi-skilled labor.
3. Buy Machinery
- 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
4. Production Process
The manufacturing process is simple and standardized. First of all, you will need to thoroughly wash 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 a tray dryer and the drying time is around 18-20.
In fruit toffee, you will need to mix sugar, color, preservatives, glucose, skimmed milk powder, hydrogenated fat, flavor, etc.
In the next step, dehydrate this blend in a tray dryer, and the drying time is around 18-20 hours. On cooling, cut the slabs into pre-determined sizes and are packed 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 commercialized the production process.
5. Raw Materials
You will need to procure raw materials like fruit pulps and juices, starch, sugar, color, preservatives, skimmed milk powder, hydrogenated fat, flavor, 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.