Dates to powder (not instant) from second grade dates for food and dairy industries

Dates to powder (not instant) from second grade dates for food and dairy industries


Final Products Date powder
Required Inputs Second grade dates
Competing Products

Low competition
Sugar in local market

Potential for Export Medium


Complexity – Type of Process Medium – thermal processing (food safety controlled)
Technology Extraction and spray drying (fluidized bed drying)
Equipment and Material Extractor, filters, evaporators, mixers and dryers
Human Resources Manual labor, machine operators, chemists and quality control engineers

Business Linkage

Forward Linkage Bakeries, milk and juice factories
Local/Regional/Nationwide Local Market- Upper Egypt Region
Backward Linkage Farmers
Supporting Entities Equipment and spare parts suppliers, food safety specialists and marketing companies
Competitive Edge
Healthy alternative to sugar, as well as high availability of supply with low transportation costs

Economic Features

Revenue Stream Sales of date powder
CAPEX Consists of the cost of machinery which average around 1M EGP (assumption is producing 1000 tons per year)

Note: This CAPEX represents the indicative investment size, however, this investment opportunity can start from a micro-scale investment and grow in scale.
Investment Size Small (between 500k-5M EGP)


Key Challenge Absence of marketing services, meeting product specification and standardization, supply access and quality
Advantages Cost-competitive organic ingredient to replace chemicals
Potential Pathways to Growth Production, sales and/or distribution of date pit extracts (e.g., date seed oil for cosmetics), production of high protein feedstock for animal feed factories, production of value-added substrates to produce fermentation products – the end-products themselves and bioactive compounds – other products from by-products include date paste, date pits and pressed cake (could be feedstock for animal feed), date jam/spread, date flesh powder and date seed powder

General Impact

Environmental Utilization of second grade dates
Social Increases return on agriculture dates and creates job opportunities for unskilled labor and women

Impact on Sub-market(s), Cluster(s) and Value Chain(s)

Relevant sub-market Intermediary to industries (food, pharmaceutical, wood and paper)
Lies within the following
value chain/cluster(s)

Dates, food processing and packaging

Impact Promotes value-addition to date production
* Source of the information: The above figures were updated by Chemonics Egypt for UNIDO in 2023


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