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Onion Processing and Onion Products

Friday, February 24, 2017

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Onion is one of major bulb crop grown in India which presently attracting attention of all persons due to rise in prices. Both immature and mature bulbs are used as vegetable and condiment. The Onion is the world’s leading news publication, offering highly acclaimed, universally revered coverage of breaking national, international, and local news events.

Onions not only provide flavor, they also provide important nutrients and health-promoting phytochemicals. It contains vitamin B and a trace of vitamin C and also traces of iron and calcium. As a culinary ingredient it adds to the taste and flavour in a wide range of food preparations and it is also used as a salad. Thus there is a steady increase in the demand for onion across the world. The onion, also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is used as a vegetable and is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. Consumption of onions may prevent gastric ulcers by scavenging free radicals and by preventing growth of the ulcer-forming microorganism, Heliobacter pylori. Onions are cultivated and used around the world. As a foodstuff they are usually served cooked, as a vegetable or part of a prepared savoury dish, but can also be eaten raw or used to make pickles or chutneys. Our main export products are Dehydrated Red and White Onions in various forms like slices, flakes, kibbled, chopped, minced, granules and powder.


Dehydrated Onion

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 of abundance and using them during off seasons. Dehydrated Onions have been produced in small quantities since the nineteenth century. A 100 percent export oriented unit is one, which would export its entire production, except for the permitted levels of rejects. Onion is mainly exported in the form of dehydrated onion, canned onion and onion pickle. When establishing a dehydration industry, considerable thought should be given to the procurement of fresh onions for dehydration. To operate a dehydration plant efficiently, a constant supply of onions is required and this involves considerable organization. Ideally a dehydration factory should handle only one type of onion over long periods, so as to avoid the necessity of cleaning down all the machinery and altering the grading and cutting settings etc. when changing from one variety to another.


·        Dehydrated onions are a great food storage item.

·        They are cheap to pack compared with canned goods.

·        They do not require refrigerated storage as do frozen onions.

·        Dehydrated onions will make your meals easy and delicious.

·        Dried onions can be used just like fresh onions. Easily reconstituted either by adding them to dishes with lots of cooking liquid like soup, stew, chili, etc.

All onions for processing are grown from specific varieties best suited for dehydration. Specific strains of the Creole Onion, Southport Globe Onion, and the Hybrid Southport Globe were developed by the dehydration industry. They are white in color and process a higher solid content which yields a more flavorful and pungent onion.

Onion dehydration using a continuous conveyor dryer involves the following basic steps:

a)     Harvesting,

b)    Transporting To The Plant,

c)     Curing,

d)    Washing,

e)     Slicing,

f)      Dehydration In Three To Four stages,

g)     Milling, and

h)    Packaging


Niir Project Consultancy Services (NPCS) can provide Detailed Project Report on onion based Products:-

ØDehydrated 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


Capacity:                                          1800 MT/Annum

Plant and Machinery cost:         224.00 Lakhs

Rate of Return (ROR):                 44.00%

Break Even Point (BEP):              41.00 %

Cost of Project:                              672.00Lakhs


ØOnion 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


Capacity:                                          1.5 MT/Day

Plant and Machinery cost:         65.00 Lakhs

Rate of Return (ROR):                 50.00%

Break Even Point (BEP):              41.00 %

Cost of Project:                              220.00Lakhs


ØDehydrated 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


Capacity:                                          13.6 MT/ Day

Plant and Machinery cost:         184.00 Lakhs

Rate of Return (ROR):                 50.00%

Break Even Point (BEP):              32.00 %

Cost of Project:                              1259.00Lakhs


ØOnion 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


Capacity:                                          950 MT

Plant and Machinery cost:         7.00 Lakhs

Rate of Return (ROR):                 22.62%

Break Even Point (BEP):              68.24 %

Cost of Project:                              65.00Lakhs


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Niir Project Consultancy Services (NPCS) can provide Process Technology Book on Onion & Garlic Cultivation with Processing (Production of Onion Paste, Flakes, Powder & Garlic Paste, Powder, Flakes, Oil)

Onion and garlic are the spice commodities used for flavouring the dishes. These are considered as valuable medicinal plants offer variety of medicinal properties. Onion & garlic are important commercial crops with versatile applications. The demand for the processed products is increasing day by day due to its convenience to handle and use. Onion & garlic can be processed into a wide variety of products. As per the estimate, approximately 6.75% of the onion produced is being processed. Besides fulfilling the constant demand of domestic population, India exports 13 to 18 lakh tons of onion annually worth around Rs. 2200 crores of foreign exchange revenue. Similarly in case of garlic, the production increased from 4.03 lakh tons to 12.26 lakh tons.

Proper placement of onion & garlic products (like; onion pickle, onion chutney, onion paste, garlic oil, garlic paste, garlic powder, garlic flakes, onion flakes, onion powder) in the departmental stores………..Read more


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