Dried fruits and vegetables for export

Dried fruits and vegetables for export


Final Products Dried fruits and vegetables for export
Required Inputs Agricultural produce (tomatoes, mangoes, bananas, grapes)
Competing Products

Low competition
Imported dried fruits and vegetables

Potential for Export High


Complexity – Type of Process Medium – thermal process
Technology Solar drying, hot-air drying, cold storage and packaging
Equipment and Material Boilers, heating chambers, hot air dryers, cold storage and packaging machines
Human Resources Manual labor, quality control engineers, food safety and marketing specialists

Business Linkage

Forward Linkage Export market
Local/Regional/Nationwide Export and local markets
Backward Linkage Farmers
Supporting Entities Equipment and packaging material suppliers, testing facilities and marketing services companies
Competitive Edge
Could be lower cost and more tailored to market needs (sizes, etc.) as produced locally

Economic Features

Revenue Stream Sales of dried fruits and vegetables
CAPEX Consists mainly of the cost of machinery with an average of 752K EGP
Investment Size Small (between 500k-5M EGP)

Note: This CAPEX represents the indicative investment size, however, this investment opportunity can grow in implementation to a larger-sized investment.


Key Challenge Seasonality of produce and maintaining high-quality control and assurance measures, access to suppliers, marketing and sales, meeting product specification and standardization and absence of dedicated land for cold storage
Advantages High availability of supply and high demand
Potential Pathways to Growth Production of packaged and branded dried fruits and vegetables of different sizes and for different markets – natural/healthy snack mixes – production of natural extracts/powder as feedstock/final products

General Impact

Environmental Reduces waste of agricultural produce and processing material close to the field, reduces emissions in transportation
Social Increases returns on agricultural activities and creates job opportunities for both unskilled labor and women

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

Relevant sub-market Dried products
Lies within the following
value chain/cluster(s)
Tomatoes, food processing and packaging
Impact Promotes value-addition to agricultural products
* Source of the information: The above figures were updated by Chemonics Egypt for UNIDO in 2023


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