How to Start Banana Wafer Making Business

Banana wafer manufacturing project can be started by any individual with low investment. Banana fruit can be preserved for 3 months or more by reducing the moisture in it by drying or frying.  Food is preserved by sun-drying, mostly fruits, like figs, amla, mango, banana, and coconut. It is mainly used in hotels, restaurants, bars, homes etc. To prepare banana wafers, green bananas are used which is cleaned, sliced and fried.

Banana wafers have a special category of consumers and they are preferred by many. Banana wafer manufacturing provides an ample opportunity for a new entrant as the market is not dominated by big brands and with good quality and competitive pricing, it is possible to capture adequate market share.

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Banana wafers are made from unripe bananas. Chips or wafers are crispy, salty or spicy and consumers prefer fresh quality. Since they are made from banana, they have nutritious values as well. The product needs to be packed in transparent polythene bags.

Compliance with PFA Act and FPO are mandatory. Quality standards have been laid down
vide IS 2397:1988

Is Banana Wafer Making Business Profitable?

As this report suggests, the total revenue from retail and food sales in the United States alone is more than 5 trillion U.S. dollars

Other than the retail market there is also institutional market consisting of clubs, canteens, railway and airline caterers, co-operative consumer societies and so on. There is a very large market for banana wafers and they can be sold at all such places where people assemble like theatres, picnic spots, bus stands or railway stations, traffic junctions etc. Retailing has to be done through small grocery shops as well as big departmental stores and supermarkets.

Here is a Stepwise Guide on Starting a Banana Wafer Making Business

Banana Wafer Making Process

Damaged or ripe bananas are taken out during the inspection and only good quality unripe bananas are washed in water. Then they are peeled and trimmed before slicing or cutting them as per the required size. Then they are washed in boiled water and dried. Dried pieces are deep fried and then either salt or spices or both are applied. After cooling, they are packed. The process and weight loss is in the range
of 15% to 20%

The basic process of making banana wafer is as follows:

Sorting and washing bananas → Peeling and slicing → Washing in boiled water and drying → Deep frying → Seasoning and packing.

Raw Material & Packaging For Banana Wafer Making

The most important raw material will be fully grown but unripe bananas. Edible oil, salt, and spices shall also be required in small quantity and can be easily procured. Printed polyethylene bags along with corrugated boxes shall be required for packing for which prior arrangements
must be made.

Banana Wafer Man Cost:

Plant Capacity: 100 KG / Day Plant & Machinery: 4000 US Dollars
Working capital: 10000 US Dollars Total Capital Investment: 20000 US Dollars
Return: 44.53% Break-even: 47.77%

The actual cost of the banana wafer making may deviate on change of any of the assumptions. You can modify the project capacity and project cost as per your requirement.