Pineapple fibre and enzyme project

South Africa’s Eastern Cape Development Corp (ECDC) has approved funding which will pave the way for a major and much-needed overhaul of South Africa’s pineapple industry and groundbreaking value-adding projects which could be emulated in other pineapple-producing countries.
/~The as-yet undisclosed sum of money will be utilised by Ndlambe Natural Industrial Products (NNIP) for the acquisition of a controlling share of the embattled East London canner Summerpride Foods, and represents the first step towards improving long term sustainability for the pineapple growers.
NNIP was formed by the Pineapple Growers Assoc and the ECDC to restructure the industry via the creation of an agro-processing hub in Bathurst where value will be added to the pineapple plant through the extraction of fibre and enzymes ..
The existing canning factory will be relocated and rebuilt to accommodate the state-of-the-art extraction equipment. For the latter, funding will be sought from local and international investors.
It is understood that there is considerable interest in the extraction processes, a world-first developed in South Africa and verified by South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and that a large portion of the required funding has been secured.