How To Start Aloe Vera Gel Manufacturing Unit
Aloe vera gel is a most important product you can produce from aloe vera leaves. The item has the both consumer and industrial demand. Basically, you can sell the product by two ways.
One is as concentrated aloe vera gel for the end consumers. And the other is to the herbal companies who produce aloe vera based products.
In this business, the location plays an important role. If you live in an aloe vera growing area, then only you can start this business. You can’t afford to get the raw materials (aloe leaves) from a far distance. Because it will enhance your production cost.
Aloe Vera Gel Market Potential
Composition of Aloe Vera Gel:
There are as many as 200 different types of molecules in aloe vera (Davis 1997). The aloe vera leaf gel contains about 98% water (Bozzi et al. 2007). The total solid content of aloe vera gel is 0.66% and soluble solids are 0.56% with some seasonal fluctuation.
On dry matter basis, aloe gel consists of polysaccharides (55%), sugars (17%), minerals (16%), proteins (7%), lipids (4%) and phenolic compounds (1%) (Fig. 1). The aloe vera gel contains many vitamins including the important antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin B1 (thiamine), niacin, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), choline and folic acid are also present.
Registration & Licensing for Aloe Vera Gel Manufacturing:
In starting aloe vera gel production, you have to obtain several registrations and licenses from the Govt, authorities. Generally, it depends on the specific location of your plant. Additionally, if you want to produce value-added items such as cosmetics products then you need to apply for other specific licenses. Here, we have listed some of the basic requirements for the processing of concentrated aloe vera gel from aloe leaves.
Aloe Vera Gel Processing Plant Setup & Machinery
In establishing the plant, the primary requirement is the factory space. However, the area requirement hugely depends on the desired production output and business size. Generally, you can start a small-scale processing plant with a covered area of 1000 Sq Ft. In addition to this, you have to ensure commercial electric connection, water supply, labor, and transport availability.
Basically, you can establish the processing plant by two ways. Either as a semi-automatic basis or fully automatic basis. However, for a small-scale operation, it is advisable to start the operation as a semi-automatic basis. Additionally, a semi-automatic operation allows you adding additional product lines easily. From the same unit, you can produce aloe vera juice or powder also. And these products have also great industry potential.