What kind of yield can I expect from my aloe vera leaf when I produce filets?
This depends on whether you are hand filleting, the skill of your employees, whether you are using an automated extraction machine, however you should yield at least 43 to 45 percent from a 1 kg aloe leaf. • How long does it take an aloe plant to mature? If you start with an 8 to 12 inches tall aloe pup, it should take 18 to 24 months for it to fully mature. • What do aloe pups cost? This varies greatly depending on labor costs to harvest and what the market will bear. In the United States, aloe pups run approximately $0.50 each. In China, the same aloe pup could be as cheap as 5 cents. • What commercial products are sold from the aloe? There are two basic processes used in the manufacturing of aloe vera products: a. Whole Leaf processing in which the entire aloe leaf is used to manufacture whole leaf gels, whole leaf concentrates, and whole leaf powders. b. Aloe vera gel processing in which only the inner gel fillet is used to manufacture aloe vera gels, aloe vera concentrates, and al