BEVERAGES: Afriplex Increases Production
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The well-known South African plant extract company based in Paarl, Afriplex, has recently expanded their existing emulsion facility to accommodate increased demand for their beverage emulsions. The company was established in 2001 primarily as a manufacturer of plant extracts with its main focus on plants indigenous to Africa, but has over time expanded its activities into the manufacturing of intermediates for the beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The latest expansion may be viewed against the backdrop of expansion of their client base in Africa and South America.
The expansion of the emulsion production facility was completed towards the end of the first quarter of 2009 and will be producing at full capacity by end of this year. The multi-million rand investment by Afriplex shareholders in the latest technology to manufacture quality emulsions is an investment of confidence in the growing of this market segment. While Afriplex produces a wide range of commercial emulsions, the demand for emulsions with an exotic African character prompted the development of a unique African range. The company prides itself in its ability to develop client-specific emulsions, tailored to the clients’ requirements and needs. An example of this is the production of Olive, Rooibos and Buchu emulsions. In the case of the Olive oil emulsion, cold pressed virgin olive oil is delivered in a water soluble format. The emulsion is used to produce Olive water, the latter current gaining popularity in health industry as well as an aperitif with vodka.
The following are typical examples of emulsions available as either neutral or citrus based emulsions:
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) emulsion
Using the unique flavour compounds (volatile component) exhibited by this African bush, Rooibos is made available in an emulsion format. This product was specifically developed for the African market, where clouded beverages are the preference.
Honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia) emulsion
The lesser-known Honeybush exhibits a typical earthy aromatic profile, often used in combination with other fruit juices.
Buchu (Agathosma betulina)
This plant is also referred to as Cape Mountain Mint, but exhibits a very typical profile. The emulsion is often applied as flavour enhancing agent to berry flavoured beverages (e.g. black currant, blueberry, raspberry, etc.)
Cold pressed virgin olive oil is delivered in a water soluble format. The emulsion is used to produce Olive water, the latter current gaining popularity in health industry as well as an aperitif with vodka.
An emulsion with a “Pine nut” profile. This emulsion is very popular in various beverage applications in Sub-Saharan Africa. The product is available as a two-in-one or three-in one.
Real ginger is used with an authentic “after burn” sensation. The product is also available using African Ginger (Siphonochilus aethiopicus) as base flavour.
Using lemon essential oil as base, this emulsion exhibits a typical lemon “twist” profile with a hint of floral. The product is available as a two-in-one or three-in one.
The ever popular orange emulsion is used in a wide variety of Beverage applications and exhibits the typical ripe, authentic profile of the Navel oranges propagated in South Africa. The product is available as a two-in-one or three-in one.
This emulsion exhibits a typical South African granadilla aroma with an earthy note to give a “Schweppes-type” sparkling granadilla profile.
The ever popular product used in beverage applications for kids and teenagers.
The Southern Cape is renowned for its pineapple plantations and this emulsion strives to capture the essence of the cultivars produced in this region.
This emulsion often finds applications in milkshake and “smoothies”.
The mango plantations of the Mpumalanga province in South Africa, served as inspiration in developing this emulsion. The product exhibits an exotic, fleshy character and has proved to be one of the most popular emulsions used in Africa.
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