Our Avocado packhouse has been in production since 1974. What started as a family business, has grown from the days of hand and ripe sizing, to where we are currently making use of a computerized four point weighing. Each individual avocado is weighed accurately to meet global standards.
We pride ourselves in providing our producers with the total package, from export to local markets, five different ripe & ready outlets, guacamole and avocado oils.
We strive to ensure maximum return to our producer’s and to have an open and transparent relationship with all producer’s and agents.
Leads and suggestions, as well as combined marketing with our producers are welcomed and encouraged. This provides the producer with a sense of satisfaction and control and the belief that we want the utmost best for him as the grower.
Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fibre, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avocados have diverse fats.
For a typical avocado:
- About 75% of an avocado's calories come from fat, most of which is monounsaturated fat.
- On a 100 g basis, avocados have 35% more potassium (485 mg) than bananas (358 mg). They are rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K.
- Avocados have a high fiber content of 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber.
High avocado intake was shown in one preliminary study to lower blood cholesterol levels. Specifically, after a seven-day diet rich in avocados, mild hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels. These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (harmful cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (helpful cholesterol) levels. Additionally a Japanese team synthesised the four chiral components, and identified (2R, 4R)-16-heptadecene-1, 2, 4-triol as a natural antibacterial component.
Due to a combination of specific aliphatic acetogenins, avocado is under preliminary research for potential anti-cancer activity.
MACRIDGE PROCESSING PLANT
Our Macadamia processing plant boasts state of the art machinery compliant to HACCP, ISO standards and specifications.
The processing plant was planned and developed in the concept of processing our product as effectively and efficiently as possible.
There is infrastructure already in place to further develop our value adding products, as well as any future increased demand throughout.
Our flexibility to develop our bi-products and value adding products, will eventually have a direct and positive effect on keeping our costs and cracking fees to a minimum.
Our approach is simple, but effective. We strive to use as much of the delivered product as possible, whether it be 1st grade kernel for export or commercial grade nuts received from our producers, right through to oil grade nuts used for producing food grade oil and bio-diesel. Our aim is to produce different kinds of soap and beauty products in the future from the glycerine, which in turn is a by-product from the bio-diesel manufacturing.
Our plant and machinery is capable of handling NIS and kernel for export and local markets and we have the ability to further develop our bi-products from oil pressing and bio-diesel manufacturing.
All of the above allows us to ensure a better return to our producers for their products delivered. We wish to service all producers, large and small and make sure that they get a superior level of service. We offer de-husking and cracking facilities as a service to our producers who do not have their own facilities.
WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES:
Cracking and sorting of Macadamia nuts
Packaging for export
Oil press plant - Cold pressed macadamia oil and by-product macadamia cake used for feedstock
Roasted Macadamia nuts
Macadamia crushed shells for landscaping and décor, as well as a combustible material
MACADAMIA NUT NUTRITION
Compared to other common edible nuts such as almonds and cashews, macadamias are high in fat and low in protein. They have the highest amount of monounsaturated fats of any known nut and contain approximately 22% of omega-7 palmitoleic acid, which has biological effects similar to saturated fat. They also contain 9% protein, 9% carbohydrate, and 2% dietary fiber, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, selenium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
Macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acid (good fat) which helps reduce overall cholesterol levels. Macadamia nuts contain flavonoids (a phytochemical) and tocopherols (vitamin E), which aid in protecting against cancer and heart disease. Macadamia nut oil contains Omega 3, known to reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. The macadamia nut is one of the few foods that contain Pamitoleic acid, amonounsaturated fatty acid. Pamitoleic acid may aid in fat metabolism, possibly reducing stored body fat.
Our macadamia oil is healthy, versatile and great for cooking. It has a high heat capacity making it an excellent frying oil and the nutty aroma compliments stir fries, salad dressings and confectioneries. It is nutritionally superior to any other natural oil product and in comparison contains the highest percentage of mono-unsaturated oils. Macadamia oil is prized for containing approximately 22% of the omega-7 palmitoleic acid, which makes it a botanical alternative to mink oil, which contains approximately 17%. This relatively high content of "cushiony" palmitoleic acid plus macadamia's high oxidative stability make it a desirable ingredient in cosmetics, especially for skincare.
Macridge follows the quality standards as specified by SAMAC (South African Macadamia Association) to make sure quality standards are attained:
Moisture content: <1.5%
Peroxide value: <3meq/kg
Free Fatty acids: <0.5%
E. coli: <3/g
Total plate count: <10000/g
Yeast and mould: <10000/g
Aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1): <4ppb
Vacuum (with N flushed): 24 to 50 KPA
Insect infestation: Nil
Colour: Uniform cream
Flavour and Odour: Not musty or rancid