Hmm, Popcorn… What comes to my mind whenever I hear that word popcorn is movies popcorn business owners got me!
Imagine going to the cinema to see a movie and popcorn isn’t available…….that sucks right???? What’s seeing a movie without popcorn?
Okay, that’s me, what about you? Is it just at the movies, or … Hmm, I’m guessing I have met someone that loves popcorn more than I do!
You love it that you want to make a business out of it. I gat ya! Popcorn business is definitely a promising small scale business in Nigeria.
Anyway, if you would love to start flavored popcorn business in Nigeria, that’s what this article, is all about.
Want to know how popcorn is been made or better still you want to know anything that is popcorn related? You are in the right place.
Let’s start talking popcorn peeps!
What Is Popcorn?
Popcorn simply is a maze of a variety with a hard kernel that swells up and burst open when heated.
It is a cereal grain originated from wild grass and typically eaten as snacks.
Its scientific name is known as Zea mays everta and it is actually the only type of corn that pops.
Popcorn is different from the corn that we eat though they make look alike. It is the only corn that has the ability to pop and turn into a snack………amazing right?
Popcorn sales if one of the profitable businesses one can start with low capital in Nigeria, and many people are making serious money every day.
Popcorn Maize In Nigeria
Popcorn maize is needed for popcorn business in Nigeria; It has a lot of health benefits and nutritional values, it is not only a delicious snack, but it is also actually very good for the body.
Health Benefits of Popcorn
Just as popcorn goes with zobo drink, there are some of the health benefits of popcorn maize used for popcorn business is as follows
- It improves digestive health
- It is naturally rich in antioxidant and fibers
- It is low in calories and fat and it has no sugar
- It has the ability to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol level
- It prevents premature aging and helps with weight loss.
- It helps in metabolism and provides energy and also gives a healthy bone structure.
Nutritional Values of Popcorn Maize
Popcorn maize used for popcorn business also has some nutritional values; these would be listed on the table below
Nutritional value per 100g of popcorn
Dietary fiber 15g
These are the nutritional value gotten from popcorn maize when it is eaten.
Note: This is for popcorn maize with no additives i.e sugar, butter or oil.
Where to Get Popcorn Maize In Nigeria
Popcorn maize used for popcorn business can be gotten from a lot of places in Nigeria, we have agricultural farms, companies that deals with agricultural products.
People in the market place also buy to resell to retailers, so popcorn maize is not something that is hard to get.
I will be listing few places where you can get popcorn maize here in Nigeria for those that needs it for their popcorn business in bulk.
- Omolgab food Nigeria limited located in Yaba, surulere Lagos.
- Anu oluwa popcorn located in offa garage Ilorin south Kwara state.
- Bibi’s popcorn kernel located in Alabasa rail lane kano municipal, Kano state.
- Lady D food stuffs located in Sango otta Ado otta ogun.
- Energy boosting popcorn ventures located in Jakande estate Alimosho Lagos.
- Mo classic popcorn located in ring road Ibadan.
These companies deal in agricultural product and they are suppliers of popcorn maize used for popcorn business.
Popcorn maize are grown locally in Nigeria in Jos Plateau state and they are also imported into the country…….the locally grown ones are not as expensive as the imported ones and they are very good also.
How to Start A Flavored Popcorn Business In Nigeria
Popcorn business is one of the businesses that can make one successful when it is done with consistency and in the right way.
The most interesting part is that you don’t need to break the bank to start popcorn business.
With as little as 20,000 Naira you can start a popcorn business, from the comfort of your home and then grow from there.
When starting a flavored popcorn business there are certain things that will be needed.
1. Popcorn Machine
When starting a popcorn business this is the most important thing to get first.
You can get an imported popcorn machine or a locally made one for you’re the business depending on how much you have as startup capital.
The locally made ones are less expensive and they still do the job of poping the corns very well. It’s okay if you can’t afford the imported machine.
There is no starting a popcorn business without a popcorn machine.
2. Popcorn Kernels
This is the raw materials needed for the business; you do not just buy any corn to make your popcorn you have to get the right corn.
There is a special corn for making popcorn those are the ones you should get.
You can either buy the imported ones or the locally grown ones; the most important thing is to buy the corn that pops.
Packaging is a big deal when it comes to promoting your brand, dress the way you want to addressed right?
Well that also applies to your product. Popcorn can be packaged in either a nylon bag or paper bag, choose the one that suits you the most and make it in a way that it catches the eyes of people.
This is the most important aspect of starting your popcorn business.
Having good marketing skills goes a long way with achieving sales for your popcorn business. Let people know what you are selling, without marketing there might be little or no sales at all.
If you are not starting from home you will need a good location for your popcorn business.
A busy area with a lot of people, bus stops that has lots of people going and coming, and school areas with a lot of activities are good.
Just make sure it’s a place that is not far from the main road and place that is always filled with passersby and you are good to go.
6. Acquire Knowledge and Training
Lastly and most importantly acquire knowledge of how to make popcorn from those that are already in the business.
You are what you know and you can’t give what you don’t have, so learn everything that has to do with the production of popcorn before venturing into it.
Shouldn’t this be the first and most important thing to do? Hmm, now I see you’re following me.
When all these things are done the right and proper way……..then you are on your way to starting a successful flavored popcorn business.
Popcorn Business Equipment
Popcorn business needs some certain equipment for success, I will be listing and explaining the uses of each equipment bellow.
- Popcorn Machine
This is like the most important equipment needed for a popcorn business; it has different type depending on the one you like.
It has an electrical one and a manual one that uses gas, so choose the one that best suits you. It helps to pop the corn and makes you produce in large quantities.
- Sealing Machine
This helps to seal nylons that are being used to package the popcorn. They are not very expensive; with 10,000 – 15,000 naira you will get a very good one.
This is what you will pour the popcorn into before packing and sealing it. These are the equipment needed for popcorn business in Nigeria.
Price of Popcorn Machine
Popcorn machine differs in price due to so many factors such as size, tray, wattage, the capacity, the type (electrical or manual) etc.
One should get a good popcorn machine between #8,000 to #15,0000.
How to Make Nigerian Popcorn
- In your popcorn machine pour in your butter in the pot and allow it to melt a little.
- Add in your sugar and a pinch of salt into the melted butter.
- Add in your corn and cover till you start hearing the pop sound, the popcorn will begin to fall into the container as it pops. When all the corn has popped the popping sound stops and then you can pour out of the popcorn and repeat the process again.
See this video below for more guide:
How to Start a Popcorn Business In Nigeria (Summary)
There you have it, everything you need to know to start your popcorn business.
Not many people are aware of the possibility of this business, and some will keep it from other people on purpose in order to leave their business secret.
However, more and more people are entering into the popcorn business niche and it’s never too late to start if you have what it takes.
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