According to Wikipedia, fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruits, sometimes served in a liquid form (either in their own juices) or a syrup. When served as an appetizer or as a dessert, a fruit salad is sometimes known as a fruit cocktail or a fruit cup. In different forms fruit salad can be served as an appetizer, a side-salad, or a dessert.
For this business idea’s purpose, it involves selling varieties of fruits like pineapples, paw paws, watermelon, apples, cucumber, carrot, grapes and bananas which are purchased in large quantities, washed/sterilized, peeled, cut into pieces and packed in disposable containers to make the fruit salads. The demand is relatively high especially in urban areas. Various recipes may call for the addition of nuts, fruit juices, certain vegetables, yogurt, or other ingredients. The business risks involve are health and safety related risks surrounding the processing, but these can be solved by employing food scientists to ensure total quality control.
Why is it necessary to start Fruits Salad Business?
1. Fruits are always in High Demand
There is a high demand for fruits as people like eating fruits a lot. Fruits are taken by people as a meal or a snack. Fruits can be taken any time and can also be combined with other meals any time of the day, whether at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Fruits can be taken by everyone from children to adults as it is always a favorite among people. Another good thing about fruits is that there a lot of different types of fruits leading to varieties and a lot choices for people, which makes it an item that is sourced for and in high demand.
2. Fruits have Many Health Benefits
People these days are more conscious of their health and what they need to eat to keep and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Fruits are a good source of nutrition needed by the body and helps in maintaining good health. Fruits are considered to be needed to have a good balanced diet which is why a lot of people now make sure it is part of their meal every day.
Fruits have helped in preventing a lot of illness as well as assisting in curing illnesses. They are a great source of minerals and vitamins which are important for having and maintaining good health.
3. Readily Available Fruits to Sell Anytime
The major material for this business is of course fruits. Nigeria is blessed with having fruits and the good thing is that there a lot of fruits making it a business of varieties.
Another great thing is that this is a business that can be done all year round as there is always a fruit that is in season and available which means this a business that will not be halted or stopped abruptly because of inadequate supply of material.
The great thing of this business is that it can be started on a small scale with little amount of money, of course with more money pumped into the business it will give the business a chance to grow faster and better, but if you do not have much money this is a business you can start conveniently with the little money you have.
What To Consider Before Venturing Into This Business:
1. Choose A Business Name, Register & Brand It.
Your business name, registration and branding will give you a very good head-start. They show a good sense of seriousness and birth of a new baby that needs nourishment and support to maturity.
2. Identify Your Market.
In this kind of business, it is very essential to have target audience and stay focus. This will separate you from the hawkers on the street or fruit vendors on the corner side of the road. Consider supplies to offices, schools, getting a space in different plazas and partnering with event management firms. Make contact with your target audience, understand their needs, then work on how you will meet their needs.
3. Research The Best Source Of Supply And Pricing For Your Fruits.
At this start-up stage, it is paramount that you get really involved in the fruit selection, get best negotiation, understand the seasons and available fruits. Remember, quality control starts right from the point of selecting your fruits. Always select the best irrespective of the cost and do not over stock to maintain freshness in taste and avoid spoilage.
4. Develop A Workable And Bankable Business Plan.
Your business plan is your business in black and white. It is a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons they are believed, attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals.
Business plans are inherently strategic. You start here, today, with certain resources and abilities. You want to get to a there, a point in the future (usually three to five years out) at which time your business will have a different set of resources and abilities as well as greater profitability and increased assets. Your plan shows how you will get from here to there.