Sun-dried fruit and vegetables for consumers and retailers

Sun-dried fruit and vegetables for consumers and retailers


Final Products Sun-dried fruits and vegetables
Required Inputs fruits and vegetables
Competing Products Low competition
Other brands for dried fruits and vegetables (local or imported)
Potential for Export High


Complexity – Type of Process

Simple – thermal process

Technology Solar drying and packaging
Equipment and Material Solar drying racks and packaging materials
Human Resources Manual labor, food safety specialists, and quality control engineers

Business Linkage

Forward Linkage Consumers, retailers, restaurants, and hotels
Local/Regional/Nationwide Export & local markets (nationwide)
Backward Linkage Farmers
Supporting Entities Drying equipment and packaging material suppliers and testing facilities
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 The inputs and technology would cost an average of 400K EGP

Note: This CAPEX represents the indicative investment size, however, this investment opportunity can grow in implementation to a larger-sized investment.
Investment Size Micro (less than 500K EGP)


Key Challenge Seasonality of supply, mass production, access to high-quality suppliers, food safety, marketing and sales, meeting product specification and standardization
Advantages High profit margins and high value-addition
Potential Pathways to Growth Production, sales, and/or distribution of other value-added products (e.g., powder, extracts, flavored pastes, concentrate etc.) for various customer segments (packaged and branded or white label) and diversifying types of crops

General Impact

Environmental Reduces waste of agricultural produce, utilization of sustainable energy and processing material close to the field reduces emissions in transportation
Social Increases returns on agriculture 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)
fruits and vegetables, food processing, and packaging
Impact Promotes value-addition to fruits and vegetable production
* Source of the information: The above figures were updated by Chemonics Egypt for UNIDO in 2023


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