Sweets for my sweet
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CTA. 2000. Sweets for my sweet. Spore 87. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Ever wondered if dried fruits taste twice as nice when exported? Well, several African companies are happily finding sweet success on the world s markets and are pushing ahead with production. One Togolese firm, Safleg, itself a member of the...
Ever wondered if dried fruits taste twice as nice when exported? Well, several African companies are happily finding sweet success on the world s markets and are pushing ahead with production. One Togolese firm, Safleg, itself a member of the Fadoul trading group, markets dried pineapple rings, chunks and pieces, and sells them, under an organic label, exclusively on the German market. It processes 22 tonnes of fresh pineapple each week, and is moving into new markets with dried mangoes and bananas. In Guinea, Nabekam-Bio exports dried organic pineapples, mangoes and bananas to France. Its export volume, a mere 20 tonnes each year, is far below the requirements of the importer who currently handles 1,000 tonnes annually; Nabekam-Bio aim to expand their drying plant and to triple production. On a larger scale, the Ivoirian Desiccated Coconut Company (SICOR, of the AfricIndustry group) is the leading African company in this sector and exports all its 13,000 tonnes of annual production representing 6% of the world market to high-profile European processors such as Mars and Ferrero. The company s 13,000 hectares of plantations have, for the time being, missed out on the dreaded 'Cap Saint-Paul' disease which is afflicting neighbouring countries. Their desiccated coconut, the product of drying, crushing and sifting the copra, is highly valued for its quality (it is very white) and its freshness which, unlike Asian exports, is not affected by excessively long shipping. Drying foodstuffs J FJ Rozis, CF/CTA/FAO/GERES/NEDA, 1997. 442 pp. ISBN 0 85199 210 2 CTA number 844. 40 credit points.