1. The Idea
I once tasted this pineapple snack at the Oyo State, Nigeria, NYSC orientation camp during the SAED in-camp training. So I have decided to share this to everyone as this could be a good source of employment and revenue generation to anyone who would be able to properly prepare and package this for sale.
I found an article that was really helpful and would highlight some bits that would add more depth to the presentation of this Idea
Dehydrating the pineapple at 135 degrees using a dehydrator can make this snack. To keep much of the enzymes intact, the temperature can be lowered to 100 degrees, which would mean much longer time would be required. The snack is suitable to take along on your way or even in the care without the juicy fruit dripping down your arm
You can choose how you want the texture to be, either crunchy (chips) or chewy (candy). It is preferable to use ripe pineapple to get a better appearance of its sweetness and flavour
· Get a Pineapple farmer, or get to a location where you can them in large quantities
· Cut into intended shapes and dehydrate
· Package the snack
· Sell to retailers
Nutrition (by Caroline –mygutsy.com)
Pineapple chips provide special nutrients to us. They are filled with Enzymes! Enzymes help to digest all our other food. They help keep your digestion smooth and sound. The main enzyme in pineapple is called bromelain. Bromelain, is also known to boostimmune function, is anti-inflammatory, and helps speed healing of scrapes and scabs.
Keep the Enzymes!
To keep the enzymes in pineapple chips, you need to dehydrate at a low temperature. Dehydrating at a low temperature will ensure the enzymes stay intact and do not become denatured or unraveled. I would suggest using a dehydrator for this and keeping the setting at 100 degrees. If you don’t have a dehydrator, then an oven can work, but the enzymes will most likely not be active (in the end) due to the higher temperature. No worries, the taste is the same!
1. Chop off the top and bottom and cut off the edges “skin” of the pineapple (I find a serrated knife works the best). Keep the pineapple whole
2. Slice the pineapple down the center, so you have 2 halves.
3. Lay each 1/2 face side down, and slice 1/8 ” slices (pretty thin, but not falling part).
4. Spread the wedges onto a dehydrate tray (I use 3 Exchalibur trays for 1 pineapple). Make sure the pineapple is not touching. ** oven directions below
5. Dehydrate in your dehydrator for 15-20 hours on 100 degrees. (15 hrs = chewy & 20+ hrs = crunchy) * quick way below
6. Take them out of the dehydrator and test for preferred texture (crunchy or chewy). They will harden more as they cool.
7. Store extras in a glass ball jar! Enjoy your GAPS “candy”
Follow the link at the end of the article to read more on the preparation.
The picture below shows an already packaged Pineapple chips product for sale in Costa-Rica. A Nigerian brand can be birthed which would easily create jobs and generate revenue.
2. The Business
Value Proposition: A burst of sweet-pineapple-flavor that literally has a party in your mouth. Crunchy/Chewy healthy snack for the consumer’s nourishing delight.
Customer Segment: Corner shops, retailers at markets/Traffic, departmental stores.
Distribution Channels: Product depot, departmental stores or retail shops
Customer Relationship: Direct & Mass
Key Activities: Selling, Food processing and packaging, negotiating, supply chain management, customer service, delivery etc.
Key Resources: Workforce (Food processing assistants, Sales team, delivery team), Factory or processing facility and equipment, Management team, quality control officer etc.
Key Partners: Pineapple retailers, Pineapple Farmers, Government regulatory agencies, Traders and Food Manufacturing Associations, 3rd party logistics etc.
Cost Structure: Staff pay, work related equipment (Oven, Gas supply), licenses (NAFDAC) and registration, etc. Be sure to understand all the cost implications before going into this, these are just a few.
Revenue Stream: Sales of Pineapple chips
There are no strong barriers for entry into this business and so you are presented with an opportunity that is also available to possible competition. In order to stay competitive, you would need to work on having a strong competitive advantage, whether in quality packaging, service delivery (product made), lower prices or just serving a niche location.
A good understanding of the pineapple planting and harvesting cycle so as to avoid failing to meet demand due to a shortage of pineapple fruit supply would be a good mitigating step in the right direction. Choosing the right suppliers is also very important, because your supply chain is only as strong as the weakest link.
It is hoped that, ideas such as this one can put to excellent use, pineapple fruits before they go overripe (bad) due to lack of appropriate storage facilities or difficulties in transporting the harvested pineapples from the farms to the market places. Be sure to do more research on this and seek proper counsel before jumping on this business idea.
So until next week, Stay inspired…
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