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Most Profitable Food Processing Projects and Agro Based Business Ideas for Startup

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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The food processing industry has been slated for accelerated growth. It is projected to be a futuristic industry and it is anticipated that, over the years, it will emerge as a leading player in the global markets. As a result, the industry is seen to be witnessing feverish activity.

The size of the processed food market is estimated to be over Rs. 110 bn and is growing at 10 to 15% per annum. The Rs. 4000-bn food market in India has been growing at the rate of 6.5% a year. The Indian middle class spends an estimated around Rs. 700 bn annually on food and groceries alone. The ready-to-eat segment is growing faster as technology is improving and so is the lifestyle of the people.

The true potential of the food processing industry is slowly being realised. This is reflected in the fact that the government has classified food processing industry as a thrust area.

The industry's gains have been confined mainly to the urban consumers in the domestic market. Of the total production of fruits and vegetables, a mere 2.2% is processed, which is far too low seen from the perspective of what has been achieved by other countries as varied as Thailand (30%), Philippines (78%), Malaysia (80%) and Brazil (70%). Nearly a third of the produce is estimated to be wasted for want of scientifically managed post-harvest care and procedures.

Although relatively significant, the level of processing in other sectors, as well, is also low by developed country standards: marine products, 26%; poultry 6%; beef 20%. The average level of processing in the developed countries ranges between 60 and 70%.

The government has drawn elaborate targets under its national policy aiming at increasing annually the level of food processing at 10% by 2010 and to 25% by 2025.

Project  Categories  on  Food  Processing  Sector

Bakery and Confectionery Products

Cereal Processing and Cereal Based Foods

Ginger Processing and Ginger Based Products

Maize, Corn and it’s By Products

Potato Processing and Potato Based Products

Tomato Processing and Tomato based Products

Onion Processing and Onion Products

Fruits and Vegetables Production


Bakery and Confectionery Products

Biscuit Making Plant: Biscuit industry in India in the organized sector produces around 60% of the total production, the balance 40% being contributed by the unorganized bakeries. The industry consists of two large scale manufacturers, around 50 medium scale brands and…………Read more

Chocolate & Confectionery: Chocolate is a key ingredient in many foods such as milk shakes, candy bars, cookies and cereals. It is ranked as one of the most favourite flavours. The chocolate and confectionery products industry has traditionally been subject to significant fluctuations in ………Read more

Bread Making Plant: In modern days bread is now becoming one of the most essential food item in human diet due to its ready made availability and high nutritive value. It is the most consumable wheat based bakery product. Wheat flour, yeast, sugar, salt, water and shortening agent are required as raw materials to manufacture bread………Read more

Functional Food Based Bakery Products (Bread, Cookies and Biscuits): Biscuits Sweet biscuits are commonly eaten as a snack food, and are, in general, made with wheat flour or oats, and sweetened with sugar or honey. Varieties may contain chocolate, fruit, jam, nuts, or even be used to sandwich other fillings………Read more

Bakers Yeast: Bakers yeast is the common name for the strains of yeast commonly used as a leavening agent in baking bread and related products, where it converts the fermentable sugars present in the dough into carbon dioxide and ethanol. The use of potatoes, water from potato boiling, eggs, or sugar in a bread dough accelerates the growth of yeasts………Read more

Mishri (Sugar Candy): Candy Sugar, (or sweet diamonds as it is popularly called or mishri) is sparking white big crystal sugar obtained by cooling supersaturated sugar solutions. Its large crystals not only are pure but are also very attractive. Candies come in numerous colors and varieties and have a long history in popular culture. In India the large crystalline form of sugar is called Mishri………Read more


Cereal Processing and Cereal Based Foods

Rice Flakes (Poha):  Poha Industry comprises an important segment of Industrial activity in food processing industry in the country. It provides nutritious breakfast and food to a large number of households in cities, towns and even in villages of India. Poha Industry has also an important role in………Read more

Parboiled Rice Mill with Rice & Corn Flakes: The term parboiling covers the operation to which the paddy is subjected before milling. Water and heat are the two main elements in the process. After steeping followed by heating, which involves the action of steam. The rice must be dried milling and storage………Read more

Dal (Pulse) Mill:  The various pulses are part of the normal diet of all vegetarians and are also used frequently by non-vegetarians too. They are the main sources of protein. The pulses are used for preparing hot dishes, sweet dishes and other varieties. Pulses are the most common diet part of Indian families. Cleanly removing the peels and………Read more

Roller Flour Mill (Atta, Maida & Suji): Roller Flour mill serve the purpose of processing wheat to convert it into flour. The plant will have facility to produce, maida, suji, atta and bran. These products will be sold as per the guidance issued for Food and Civil Supplies Department of the concerned state. Thus milling is an imperative physical function involved in converting wheat into………Read more

Wheat flour: Wheat flour is a powder made from the grinding of wheat used for human consumption. More wheat flour is produced than any other flour. Wheat varieties are called “clean,” “white,” or “brown” if they have high gluten content, and they are called “soft” or “weak” flour if gluten content is low. The flour milling industry is growing tremendously with rapid speed and that gives the chance to new entrepreneur to establish their start up unit………Read more

Rice Bran Oil: Rice bran is the most important source of edible oil among the unconventional sources. Rice is not only the oldest cultivated crop but also a basic food of more people than any other cereal grain. Rice bran generally contains 18-22% oil. Rice bran wax is an important by product of rice bran oil industry………Read more


Ginger Cultivation, Ginger Processing and Ginger Value Added Products

Ginger Cultivation & Storage: Ginger is mentioned in the early literature of China and India as a spice. Thus it is one of the earliest of known spices. It is also used for medicinal purpose. Mainly it is used as spice and manufacturing of suit and oil………Read more

Ginger Oil:The main application of the ginger oil is in confectionery, beverages, and baked products. The demand of ginger oil is ever increasing whether as beverages in its own right or as a complement to alcoholic drinks such as whisky or rum is estimated to have good increase………Read more

Instant Ginger Powder Drink: The instant ginger powder in the present is comprised of a powdery concentrate composition containing non-polymer catechins, and is taken as a reconstituted beverage by dissolving it in a liquid such as deionized water or hot water. The demand of ginger based beverage will ever increasing due to its health benefits. It has good export, global and domestic demand………Read more

Ginger Processing (Peeling, Drying, Grinding, Bleaching of Fresh Ginger): The ginger of commerce is prepared from the underground stem or rhizome of Zingiber officinale Rescue. It is also used for medicinal purposes. Major ginger-producing areas of the world are India, Malaya, China, West Africa, and the West Indies. Two types of edible gingers are grown, the large type known locally as Chinese ginger and the small type known as Japanese Ginger………Read more

Dry Ginger to Green Ginger: Ginger is consumed all over the world, particularly in tropical and warm countries. Ginger tea is regarded as a carminative to exes an ailing stomach and is used for this purpose through out the world. Ginger is used for producing ginger oil and oleoresin………Read more

Glazing & Preservation of Ginger: Preserved ginger in its crystalline form is used as a sweetmeat when preserved in syrup. It is mainly used as a dessert in its own right although it is also some time incorporated in such products as cakes, fruits salads, yoghurt for ice cream… ……Read more

Ginger Powder: Powder ginger has very good domestic as well as export market. It can be used as pharmaceuticals for the production of herbal medicines in the treatment of cold fever. It can be used as additive for the food supplement………Read more


Maize, Corn and its By Products

Maize Starch & Liquid Glucose: Maize starch is the most commonly used carbohydrate found in plants. Industrially, starch is classified into two types viz. natural & modified starch. It has many industrial applications, varying from the pulp and paper industry to the food industry. Liquid glucose is mostly used in the confectionery industry. It is also used in other firms, ranging from leather to textile industries………Read more

Sorbitol: Sorbitol, also known as glucitol, is a sugar alcohol that the body metabolises slowly. Sorbitol, a water soluble polyhydric alcohol, having sweet taste and high stability besides properties of humectancy and plasticizing is used in manufacture of Toothpaste, Tonics/liquid Pharmaceutical Formulations, Cosmetic products………Read more

Modified Starch: Starches are modified to enhance their performance in different applications. Modified starches are used in practically all starch applications, such as in food products as a thickening agent, stabilizer or emulsifier; in pharmaceuticals as a disintegrate; or in paper as a binder………Read more

Maize Wet Milling Process: Maize is the most important raw material for industrial starch. Other products are germ; corn gluten and fiber. There is basic series of dry milling or wet milling process required for getting optimum quality products. Both the milling processes have merits and demerits of the quality of products and cost effectiveness. In case of wet milling there is series step for cleaning, steeping wet grinding centrifuging, drying and packaging………Read more

Edible Corn Oil: Edible corn oil is manufactured from maize, wheat and other corn bearing oil by solvent extraction process. Corn generally contains oil. There are several stages required for the production of refined corn oil. In India there are few manufacturers of corn oil, say almost it is negligible comparison to other oil extraction unit………Read more

Corn Flakes: Corn flakes being one of most nutritious foods and is consumed as breakfast food not only in India but-elsewhere in the world. Basically, it is prepared from maize; this is the main raw material. Flavours, like sugar or salt are also added. Maize, the main raw material, is itself a corn grain. Corn flakes have very good taste. Though several other breakfast cereals are also available in the market but they are still to gain popularity……….Read more

Dextrose Powder: Dextrose in food is a simple sugar. It is actually a type of glucose, which is a monosaccharide that is widely found in nature and is used by nearly every living organism as a source of energy at the cellular level. The glucose molecule comes in two molecular forms that are mirror images of one another, and dextrose is one of those forms………Read more

Corn Oil (Maize Oil): Maize oil is produced as the big product from the maize. In wet milling industries starch and its product, corn syrup, dextrose, dextrin etc. Are the principal products, gluten feeds and corn oil are the main by-products. Corn oil contains linoleic acid and oleic acid as the main fatty acids. It is used for salad purposes………Read more


Potato Processing and Potato Based Products

Potato Starch: Potato starch is produced from varieties selected and grown for their high starch, low protein and low fibre contains. Potato starch is used in paper manufacture for beater, sizing, tub sizing calendar sizing and surface coating. It is also used in the textile industry in the sizing of cotton, worsted………Read more

Potato Powder (Automatic Plant): Potato powder is highly concentrated and nutritious flour ground from the pulp of cooled potato. The potato powder is used as thickening agent in soups, stews and for breading meats and fish. It is used extensively by armed forces, the civilian trade and the school lunch programme ………Read more

Potato Chips (Different recipe and flavors): Potato wafers becomes cheap and quality competitive snacks items, for the market. Acceptance of potato chips it is necessary to make variety of potato chips by adding different type spice flavours or by adding some nutritional coating on the chips, it may be sweetened, salty.………Read more

Vodka from Potato: Vodka is a neutral spirit that is without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color. Vodka is usually not aged and can be made from grains, potatoes, sugars, fruits, and just about anything else that can be fermented to produce alcohol. ………Read more

Potato French fries: French fries are among the highest saleable potato products. This is the most abundant processed potato and can be found in many varieties such as lattice cut, wedges, curly, batter dipped, seasoned, or straight cut including French Fries on………Read more

Potato Flakes: Potato flakes are the most important form of dehydrated potato products, which also include potato granules, pellets, powder, shredded and sliced potato. Potato flakes can be used anywhere, where one would use mashed potatoes………Read more

Frozen Finger Chips: Finger Chips are thin strips of potato which are either fried or baked. They are consumed worldwide as side dishes with fast food or as snacks. More than 80% of the frozen finger chips are utilized by the food service sector and the rest by the retail sector………Read more

Modified Potato Starch: Potato starch is starch extracted from potatoes. The cells of the root tubers of the potato plant contain starch grains (leucoplasts). To extract the starch, the potatoes are crushed; the starch grains are released from the destroyed cells………Read more


Tomato Processing and Tomato based Products

Tomato Concentrate & Ketchup: Tomato ketchup have delicious taste, flavour and a bright red colour. It is liked by all persons and is used widely with other eatables to give very good taste and flavour. It has very good domestic use and having a good demand in hotels and restaurants to………Read more

Tomato Paste (Tomato Concentrate): Tomatoes are low in calories and a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. With their rich flavor and mild acidity, tomatoes have worked their way into thousands of recipes. Products, such as tomato paste/puree have potential demand with………Read more

Tomato Ketchup, Tomato Sauce And Tomato Soup: The fruit and vegetable group is the single largest item in the national statistics on private final consumption expenditure in domestic market. Tomato ketchup, Tomato soups and Tomato sauce are all palatable foods used in all hotels, restaurants and houses……… Read more

Packaging of Tomato Paste: Tomato paste and puree are commonly consumed commodities in every household. In the field of packaging thermoplastic film has been widely accepted as an efficient flexible packaging material. Tomato Paste is the main product of processed tomatoes which is used as a raw material to make ketchup, sauces and other tomato related products………Read more

Tomato Pulp: Tomato pulp is very much popular item derived from tomato fruit. It is a ground form of tomato having only 6% solid content. A wide variety of products are available by processing tomato pulp. Tomato pulp is used for the production of a wide variety of tomato products like sauce, ketchup, juice, etc………Read more

Tomato Products: Tomatoes are used in enormous quantities in the fresh state, as canned tomatoes, and in the form of canned juice, puree, paste, ketchup and sauce. Tomato ketchup and sauce have got a mixed taste of sweet and sour. They have got a very good flavour and delicious taste. Tomatoes are very refreshing. They are very good for increasing………Read more


Onion Processing andOnion Products

Dehydrated Onion & Onion Powder: Dehydrated Onions have been produced in small quantities since the nineteenth century. Onion is an important vegetable crop grown in India and forms a part of daily diet in almost all households throughout the year. India is the second….Read more

Onion Powder: The onions are perishable commodity and cannot be stored for a long time after harvest in an ordinary conditions. Dehydration is simply, effective and economical for preserving the onions during seasons…….Read more

Dehydrated Onion (100% EOU): They do not require refrigerated storage as do frozen onions and the contents of a container can be used some time after opening provided they are not dehydrated. When establishing a dehydration industry………Read more

Onion Storage: Storing of onion means controlling the respiratory system in such a way that there is no formation of dead cell in the body or formation of dead cells are very negligible amount for a certain period of time……..Read more


Fruits and Vegetables Production

Fruit Juice in Aseptic Packaging: Fruit juices/drinks can be classified as the liquid and pulpy material in relatively homogeneous forms derived from fruit. Juices in Aseptic Packaging are having large shelf life and needs no refrigeration or cold temperature for preservation. These are used in canteens, hotels, restaurants and also in marriages, birthday parties all types of functions………Read more

Dehydration and Canning of Fruits and Vegetables: Dehydration and canning of fruits and vegetables is done with a view to preserve surplus perishable foods. Although much of the food prouced all over the world is consumed in the fresh form, yet with the increasing urbanisation and continuous effort to provide a regular supply of acceptable and desirable food is increasing steadily……….Read more

Fruit Processing (Mango, Pineapple & Passion Fruits Concentrates): Tropical fruits are harvested from woody plants (avocado, mango, orange) but also from herbaceous plants (banana, papaya) and vines (passion fruit). Tropical fruits, in most cases, are sold fresh, and off-grade fruit is processed. Most tropical fruits are highly perishable, and significant development has taken place to process selected fruits into dried products, juices and purees………Read more

Dehydration of Chillies, Onion and Vegetables: Dehydration technology is well established and proven. Certain products like green peas, cauliflower, carrots, spinach etc. command good prices during lean and off season. Drying preserves foods by removing enough moisture from food to prevent decay and spoilage Market Survey India is a prominent exporter of dried and preserved vegetables to the world.………Read more

Dehydrated Garlic Powder: Garlic powder means garlic in powder form. Powder form means moisture less or dehydrated form. The garlic powder is manufactured by many large scale and small scale food processing units in India. It is used in flavouring of many food products and in ayurvedic medicines………Read more

Processed and Dehydrated Gherkins: Gherkin, a cucurbitaceous crop grown for pickling of raw fruits, was introduced to India in 1990. The product has demand for exports. India has an advantage of being able to grow the crop throughout the year in contrast to other major producing countries, where it can grow only for three months. Processed & dehydrated gherkins are precisely used for pickling………Read more

Investment Opportunity in Beer Industry: Among the alcoholic drinks, Beer is quite common and popular in almost every Country of the World. People of different countries take beer in varying much like a soft drink in European countries it is just a substitute of water. Formulations of beer manufacturing are done with the view of availability of the raw materials in that particular part of the World where the brewery is proposed to be established. ………Read more

Preservative Free Jam (Fruit Spreads) & Organic Jam Making: Fruit juice beverages are considered more as occasional drinks in our country. Bottled squashes, nectars and other forms of fruit based beverages are looked upon as an expensive indulgence. Food preservation broadly involves methods of preparing food so that it can be stored for future use. The export of processed products such as fruit based beverages, jam, jelly, pickles etc. has increased substantially during the few years………Read more

Fresh Frozen Vegetables: There are thousands of frozen foods available. Before freezing, it is necessary to blend the product to destroy enzymes, which would result on off flavours and consequent quality deterioration. Today, frozen foods are available in retail and institutional outlets over all the areas of the country………Read more

Dry Fruits Processing: To achieve good health we must have good foods which are naturally available just as nuts, fruits, vegetables, cereals etc. Dry fruits are the best way to achieve good health. They are excellent source of vitamins and enzymes. People who have this natural diet will always enjoy good health because they are easy to digest and clean the blood………Read more


Suggested Publications on Food Processing, Processed Food and Agriculture Based Products, Industries :

Food Processing & Agro Based Industries

Agro Processing & Agricultural Waste Products

Fruits, Vegetables & Food Processing with Canning & Preservation


Snack Foods

Bakery Products (Baking Science with Formulation & Production)

Processing, Dehydration, Canning, Preservation of Fruits & Vegetables

Oils, Fats & Its Derivatives (2nd Revised Edition)

Food Preservation

Food Packaging

Herbal Foods and its Medicinal Values

Mushroom Cultivation and Processing (with Dehydration, Preservation and Canning)

Spices & Condiments (with Cultivation, Processing & Uses)

Organic Farming and Processing

Onion & Garlic Cultivation with Processing (Production of Onion Paste, Flakes, Powder & Garlic Paste, Powder, Flakes, Oil)

Tomato & Tomato Products Manufacturing (Cultivation & Processing)



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