How to Make Artificial Fruit Juices, Purees and Concentrates for Business — Selling fruit juice is a profitable business because the markup is 100 to 150 percent and the market is big. The demand never goes out and if you pick a good location, you may recover your investment in just one day. Myra Rose Menor, fruit juice lecturer at the Ultima Entrepinoy Forum Center in Quezon City will always says this to his livelihood seminar attendees.
With P3,000.00 to P5,000.00 start-up capital for 2 packs of juices and 1,000 ml of puree, you can start a profitable business making fruit juices, purees and concentrates.
You can’t go wrong using tropical fruits to make purees, juices, and concentrates and then selling them to make money. You may supply offices and canteens or rent a stall to sell them if you have the money of it.
* Measuring spoons and cups
Procedures to make fruit juices:
5 easy steps to make artificial fruit juice:
1. Prepare 500 ml of water, 1 cup of sugar, ¼ teaspoon of xantham gum (P60 per 60 grams), 1/8 teaspoon of sodium benzoate (P16 per 100 grams), ½ teaspoon of citric acid (P66 per kilo), and 1/8 teaspoon of flavoring (P710 per liter) from chemical stores.
2. Now mix the sugar and xantham gum in a pan and then slowly add the water, stirring constantly to make sure the mixture is even and lump-free.
3. Heat the mixture to 80-85 degrees Celsius, stirring once in a while to even the heating. Then remove the pan from the heat and add sodium benzoate and citric acid – stirring constantly until evenly mixed.
4. Now pour 250 ml of the mixture into the measuring cup, then add droplets of flavoring (you may use a medicine dropper).
5. Mix the juice well and then pour into a pouch. Use a sealer to close it, making sure you remove bubbles from the juice because trapped air increases the number of pathogens in the mixture and shortens the product’s shelf life.
Now immerse the product in tap water until the temperature goes down to about 40 degrees Celsius.
5 easy steps to make puree for business:
You may use fresh and ripe fruits with pulp like mangoes, apples, pineapples, and oranges. If you prefer mangoes, you’ll need 1.5 kilograms of the fruits and 0.05% or 0.5 gram of citric acid per kilogram of mangoes.
1. Using gloves ensure cleanliness, wash the fruits thoroughly, peel the skin, and then scrape off all the pulp.
2. Weigh the pulp – the average weight of pulp you get from 1.5 kilograms of mangoes is about 900 grams – and then put it in the blender to reduce it into puree form.
3. Now pasteurize the puree by heating it in its container for three to five minutes in the stove. You may add sugar to enhance the puree’s sweetness or add more mangoes if you find it too luscious.
4. Add 0.05% citric acid (1/4 teaspoon per liter) and mix it slowly until the citric acid dissolves.
5. Pour into a dry bottle, cool, and then label.
4 Easy Steps to Make Concentrates:
You may also concentrate any fruit of your choice, though this is normally done to fruits without pulp like kalamansi.
1. To start, you’ll need two cups of fresh kalamansi, 3.5 cups of sugar, 1/8 teaspoon of sodium benzoate, and ¼ teaspoon of citric acid. You’ll also need a knife, stirrer, basin, and bottle for packaging.
2. Wash the fruits and then cut them in half before squeezing the juice out and using a strainer to separate the seeds.
3. Add sugar and then heat the juice at 85degrees Celsius until the liquid is reduced.
4. Pour into a bottle while still warm to kill off microorganisms, and then seal the bottle.
How much you will make?
Based on the above recipes, one pack of fruit juice will cost P5.50 to make. For the mango puree, the production cost is P36.70, while the kalamansi concentrate costs P57.38 per bottle. Simply ad a 100 to 150 percent markup on each to get your selling price of P11, P74, and P115 respectively.
* Watch your inventory. Buy only form reliable supplier to get fresh fruits. You may freeze fruits before making puree to reserve their flavor, and if you must use artificial flavors, make sure they taste like the real thing and are safe.
* Keep your workplace clean. You don’t want to sell beverages full of bacteria and pathogens. When storing products, know that minus 18 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature for storing fruit juices and extending their shelf life.
* Study your markets. Understand what your customers prefer in juices, concentrates, and purees so you can give them what they want.
Source: Entrepreneur magazine
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