Ginger Oil Production

ginger oil

Another highly lucrative business venture too explore is ginger oil production. Ginger is obtained from the rhizomes of an upright 1meter tall tropical plant.
It possesses a distinct aroma and many commercial properties. Ginger has many applications such as spicing or adding flavor to dishes.
 It is either preserved, used fresh , dried or processed. Fresh ginger is common in many vegetable dishes while preserved ginger is exported and traded internationally.
Dried ginger also attracts foreign markets because of the stronger flavor and aroma. One of the derivatives of crushed or distilled ginger is oil.
Culinary applications of ginger include biscuits, cake, ginger beer, soups
and beverages.
Ginger oil Distillation
The process of extracting ginger oil is through steam distillation. The processed oil varies in color, viscosity aroma and pungency.
There are two extraction methods solvent extraction and steam distillation. The derivatives of steam distillation are essential oils.
While processing companies use ginger oleoresin for the solvent extraction method. Steam extraction method uses the dried and grounded ginger powder.
Ginger oil is made when steam contact ginger powder and water producing oil. The oil and water are recovered in separate tanks.
Water leaves the flask from the bottom region while essential oil is collected at the top.
The Flow Chart for Ginger Oil Extraction
The Ginger rhizome is harvested and supplied to the processing plant. Then it undergoes through sorting and washing to remove sand, stones and other impurities.
Once the sorting is over the ginger is crushed and goes through the sedimentation process. During the extraction process raffinate is removed and starch is removed during the sedimentation process.
Ginger Rhizome – Sorting – Washing – Crushing – Extraction – Sedimentation
Registering the Ginger Processing Factory
Register the business as a sole proprietorship. Most small processing plants are one man businesses operating with fabricated equipment.
You need a food handler’s license and trade license. Get insurance cover and tax identification number. Join oil manufacturers union in your community for basic support.
Locate the Enterprise
Locate the enterprise close to source of raw materials. Such a location is in rural areas or farming settlements.
Source your products from farmers or ginger wholesalers. You are at liberty to buy property or lease depending on your finances.
Hire staff
 You need experienced distillery workers to handle the production process. Hire machine operators, cleaners, driver, security personnel and accountant. You can employ casual staff or people in your host community.
Equipment used in Ginger Distilleries
Common equipment’s are boilers, crushers, evaporator vessels and cooling tanks. Others are grinder, pumps and Florentine tanks. A small ginger oil processing plant should manage 25kg daily.
Florentine tanks
Evaporator vessel
Cooling tanks
Packaging kegs, bottles or nylons.

Pricing the Ginger Oil Product
The price of your produce is bound by different factors. Some factors that affect pricing are wages, price of raw commodity, transportation and production process.
 Others are lease agreements, permits, licensing including packaging and marketing. The major expenditure would be the equipment and installation.
Financing the Enterprise
The extraction method equipment and plant capacity dictates the cost of setting up the plant. There are a few small plants that manage on moderate funding.
Try target savings, soft loans from micro finance banks or partnership agreements. Other funding sources are sales of startup equity or a core investor.
Marketing the Ginger Oil Product
Dried ginger attracts high premium prices in international market. You can dry some ginger for export and also produce ginger oil for local consumption.
Major markets are biscuit makers and beverage companies. Ginger is also processed into various spice mixes and flavors. Groundnut Oil Processing Business


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