Food News: Ukrainian apple juice maker moves into pectin market

26 Mar 2018

TB Fruits, the Ukrainian AJC processor, with factories also in Poland and Moldova, has installed a pectin line at its Yablunovy Dar juice plant.


Roman Zuzok of TB Fruit told IEG Vu that the new line has a production capacity of around 1,500 tonnes annually, serving a pectin market whose global size is estimated at around 40,00 tonnes. “We can increase the production capacity to 3,000 tonnes if necessary,” he added.
TB will also be joining the International Pectin Producers Association (IPPA), which apparently reckons that the global market is growing by around 5% annually.
TB is also producing pomace “at competitive cost” – at present it burns it for fuel, or sells it as cattle feed.
Following TB’s recent announcement that it is to increase production of organic fruit juices, Zuzok has revealed that the company is now offering organic wild blueberry concentrate. The fruit is gathered from the organic-certified forests in the Carpathia region. Such a 100% natural product is unlikely to be cheap. Zuzok says that the price is dependent on seasonality and the amount of wild fruit that can be collected: guide prices are around EUR15-20 per kilo (USD18.40-24.60/kg).
More details have emerged about the company’s organic AJC production, which should be between 2,500-4,000 tonnes annually, using fruit sourced from the old Soviet-era orchards. Prices on application.