A Maharshtrian company, Unico Frutz has launched country’s first jackfruit soft drink recently. Starting from the beginning of this year, it is till now being introduced in five districts. The natural drink is made available in attractive collapsible pouches imported from China.
Mr Shripad M Mondkar, Proprietor of the company says that it is being received well even in Nagpur, Yavatmal and Pune districts where it is now being newly marketed. “These are not jackfruit growing areas and they generally don’t know the taste of ripe jackfruit”, he adds. The 200 ml pouch is priced at Rs 20.
Unico Fruits has its administrative office in Thane while the factory is located in Sindhudurg district’s Kudal. “Getting right kind of fruits at right time was a problem”, points out Shripad, “but slowly the situation is changing. We are now approaching big jackfruit farmers of Khanapur near Belgaum.”
Unico Fruitz has a processing capacity of 20 tonnes of jackfruit pulp a day. But at present they are producing only around 3-4 tonnes. Their procurement price is Rs 4-5 per kilo of whole fruit.
The company, apart from making soft-drink, intends to market jackfruit pulp this year. “Last year, there was good enquiries from Mumbai’s Mithaiwalahs”, recalls Mr Mondkar, “They have plans to make toffee, modak etc from phanas pulp for the Ganesh festival season.”
|The softdrink being enjoyed at Dapoli Conference|
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