Modernisation of a sauce production unit for a Moroccan agri-food SME

Frais Caprices
Casablanca, Morocco
Stickpack machine
Investment Size
€ 178,192
Financial results
Payback period: 2 years and 3 months
Energy savings
13.50 MWh per year (36%)
CO2 savings
7.72 tonnes per year
Improve competitiveness; penetrate new markets; minimize energy consumption and gaz emissions

Acquisition of a stick pack machine for its sauce production activity

Frais Caprices is a Moroccan agro-industrial SME, specialised in the production of sauces, mozzarellas and vegetable creams. Currently, production is concentrated on large formats such as one-litre cans and bottles of more than 240 ml, and does not produce small formats which are packaged in stick packs (single-dose format). The company is part of the agro-industrial value chain and obtains its raw materials (eggs, milk, butter, tomato and oil) from local and foreign suppliers.

As part of the modernisation of its production facilities, Frais Caprices has undertaken to invest in a stick pack machine for its sauce production activity. The machine to be installed is an Aranow an650, latest generation, with a production capacity of 30,000 stick packs per hour and an electrical power of 5 kW. This machine should enable Frais Caprices to diversify its marketed formats by producing sauces contained in stick packs in single-dose format.

The Aranow an650 machine is characterised by its efficiency, with an overall output of more than 95%, which allows it to optimise energy consumption.

The company sought funding and technical assistance from the Green Value Chain (GVC) programme for its new investment, which should enable it to further improve its competitiveness and enter new markets while minimising its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The investment was evaluated by GVC’s engineering team for its technical and economic feasibility and its positive impact on the company’s competitiveness.

The estimated payback time is approximately 2 years and 3 months due to productivity gains and energy savings of 13.50 MWh/year (36%). In addition, the company should be able to reduce its GHG emissions by 7.72 t CO2eq each year.

Green Value Chain (GVC) in Morocco is a credit facility of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development(EBRD) to provide funding to local partner financial institutions for on-lending to Moroccan SMEs belonging to agribusiness, processing industries and logistics value chains and ecosystems. Supported by the European Union, the Green Climate Fund(GCF), the Korean Technical Assistance and Cooperation Account (KTACA) and the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (EBRD SSF), the facility aims to improve competitiveness of SMEs and that of their value chains and ecosystems through highly efficient green investments.