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Modern Food Processing

March 2011


Efficient, convenient, innovative


t is crystal clear that changing consumer tastes and preferences are the prime factors driving the growth of food processing sector in India. As per the Vision 2015 document of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, the level of food processing is likely to grow from 10 per cent in 2010 to 25 per cent in 2025. This will take the country’s share in global food trade from 1.5 to 3 per cent by 2015. On the technology front, it is imperative to focus on enhancing efficiency of the existing processing lines by adopting energy-efficient designs and better process control. The result should ensure better product quality, besides retaining aroma as well as nutritive value of the product. The ‘Sector Watch’ showcases some of the latest trends (and analysis thereof) sweeping the agro-food processing value chain. Talking about convenience of eating and going by the boom in availability, today, it is difficult to miss out the rising acceptance of ready-to-cook/ready-to-eat (RTC/RTE) foods. Apart from being one of the ideal means of portion control in meals, RTC/RTE foods can potentially deliver better value for money. For more interesting insights into this food category, turn to the ‘Industry Update’.

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One of the growth strategies for agribusiness is directly linked to new products and innovations, besides the strategic role of R&D in value addition and commercial success of Indian agriculture. However, the current spend on R&D by this sector in the country is quite insignificant, as compared to its counterparts in the western world. In this context, there seems to be a strong case for collaboration between research institutes and private players. This will not only help prevent duplication possibilities of the work but also reduce the overall R&D expenses. Some of the potential areas of research include alternative processing methods with higher efficiency and economy. At the same time, one needs to factor in the challenge of establishing ownership of intellectual property in the collaboration between research institutes and private sector. Interested to know more on the need and nuances of private-public collaboration in R&D? Take a look at the ‘Roundtable’ for various eminent viewpoints.

Editorial Advisory Board Dr A S Abhiraman Former Executive Director - Research, Hindustan Lever Ltd Prof M Y Kamat Former Head, Food Engg & Technology Deptt., UICT, Mumbai

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“There is a huge untapped market for grain processing equipment in India” ...says Dipak Mane, Managing Director, Buhler India Pvt Ltd


Private-public collaboration in R&D: What’s the way forward?


FieldFresh Foods Pvt Ltd: Taking confectionery to the next level



Agro-food processing industry: All geared-up for juicy returns


German machinery manufacturers: Integrating innovation with sophistication Courtesy: VDMA


RTC foods: Breaking quality barriers




Self-sufficient suppliers: The growth partners Abhijit Upadhye, Director, McDonald’s India


Machine vision system: Ten things to know before buying Didier Lacroix, Senior VP, International Sales & Services, Cognex

MARKET SCOPE Mushrooms: Nurturing a nutritious proposition Dr P Sathiya Moorthi, Technical Director, Vinzi Sperri Company, and Dr P L Gopinath, Research Scholar, Dr M G R Educational and Research Institute University


RE G GU U L A R S E C TI TIO ON NS S Editorial .................................................... 13 National News ......................................... 16 World News............................................. 24 Tech Updates ........................................... 30 Events Calendar ....................................... 62 Technology Transfer ................................. 66 Book Shelf ................................................ 68 Product Update........................................ 70 Product Index........................................... 88 Advertisers’ List ....................................... 90



Highlights of Next Issue Sector Watch : Industry Update : Market Insights :

Supply Chain Management Food & Beverage Ingredients Filling & Sealing Technology

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Britannia’s new offering promises taste and health

L-R: Vinita Bali and Atul Sinha, VP - New Business Development, Britannia Industries

Britannia Industries Ltd has forayed into the Ready-to-Cook (RTC) breakfast NEW FACILITY

Tetra Pak invests £ 100 million in India Tetra Pak recently invested £ 100 million in the construction of a new factory in India which will serve the local market as well as South Asia and the Middle East. Economic development and urbanisation in India are raising the demand for packaged food and milk. India is the biggest producer POLICY ISSUES

SC disapproves choice of FSSA panelists

The Supreme Court recently questioned the Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) for constituting a panel of scientific HEALTH INGREDIENT

Avesthagen introduces vegetarian DHA omega 3 essential fatty acid Avesthagen Ltd recently announced completion of a landmark project for the development of AvestaDHA™ – a vegetarian source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega 3 essential fatty acid based on an innovative approach using naturally occurring microalgae.


market with the launch of Britannia Healthy Start, specially designed with Indian tastes in mind. Britannia Healthy Start is a complete range of RTC breakfast mixes of upma, poha, porridges and oats that are healthy and delicious. The company claims that it is the only product range in its category, which combines the natural nutrition of multi-grains, 100 per cent real vegetables, pulses and nuts all in one pack.

Commenting on the launch, Vinita Bali, Managing Director, Britannia Industries Ltd, said, “Britannia Healthy Start range is made with natural ingredients that give the best of all this in just 5 minutes. It also has great health value as it does not contain transfats, cholesterol, MSG and preservatives. With this, we are looking forward to encourage consumers to always have breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day.”

and consumer of milk worldwide and the proportion of packaged milk is expanding fast. By building a new packaging material facility in Chakan, near Pune, Tetra Pak intends to take full advantage of this trend. This plant will have an initial annual production capacity of 8.5 billion packages, with the potential of increasing to 16 billion packages. Among the carton packaging materials

to be produced at the site are the Tetra Brik Aseptic, Tetra Fino Aseptic, and Tetra Classic Aseptic. Apart from serving the Indian dairy industry, the factory will serve the fruit-based drinks market of South Asia and the Middle East.

experts in violation of the Food Safety Act, 2006, which mandates independent experts from the field to be part of this body. It struck down the panel as it housed representatives of various companies involved in the manufacturing of beverage & food products, and directed FSSA to resconstitute it. During the hearing of a public interest litigation, seeking a direction to the soft drinks manufacturing companies to declare the additives used in their products, a bench comprising Justice

Dalveer Bhandari and A K Ganguly were shocked to learn that the panel included members from the industry against which regulations have to be framed. “The whole panel constituted is contrary to the Act. What kind of recommendation can you expect from the panel?” the bench remarked. The bench refused to accept any explanation from FSSA’s counsel that the panel was not just an experts’ body but a team from various specialised field who advise FSSA.

Avesthagen’s innovative technology allows commercial production of superior quality, 100 per cent vegetarian AvestaDHA™. A novel schizochytrium linacinum strain SC-1 was developed by Avesthagen for producing vegetarian DHA through fermentation. The patented technology has been scaled up and validated for commercialisation. Dr Villoo Morawala Patell, Founder and Chairperson, Avesthagen, stated,

“AvestaDHA™ will serve as an acceptable and safe source of DHA for vegetarians and others all over the world. Avesthagen is open for global licensing, manufacturing and marketing alliances.”

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HUL to explore fruit-based beverages market

Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) will soon launch its first fruit-based drink under the Kissan brand in view of the increasingly health-conscious mindset of the Indian consumer. This move is BOTTLING CONTRACT

RJ Corp expands collaboration with PepsiCo RJ Corp, PepsiCo’s biggest bottler in South Asia, has acquired the beverage maker’s entire franchisee bottling operations in Morocco for about $ 100 million. PepsiCo, which is a distant second to Coca-Cola in Africa, wants to scale up presence in Morocco where the soft drink market is estimated at $ 1 billion. GLOBAL TIES

Ashok Sinha endorses Indo-African economic ties

Workshop in progress

The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) along with Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) recently conducted the Indo-African Summit 2011. A residential workshop on packaging MANGO DRINK

FieldFresh Foods launches Mango Splash FieldFresh Foods announced its first major launch in the fruit drinks category, Del Monte’s Mango Splash. The product claims to bring a new taste dimension and convenience, being packaged in a 500 ml PET bottle. “The proprietary bottle design incorporates grooves in the upper body, which was inspired by


expected to potentially shake up the fast-growing ` 1,500-crore fruit-based beverages market, currently dominated by Dabur, Parle Agro, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. The fruit-based beverages market in India is divided into three segments – fruit drinks, nectar and 100 per cent juice – and is getting increasingly competitive. Parle Agro’s Frooti, CocaCola’s Maaza and PepsiCo’s Slice are the three major brands in the fruit

drinks space, which is the largest chunk of the fruit-based beverages category. In the nectar and 100 per cent juice space, Dabur’s Real controls half the market, while Pepsi’s Tropicana has over 30 per cent share. The 62-year-old Kissan brand is present in three categories: ketchups, jams and squashes. But fruit-based drinks is a new business for HUL. Even its parent company Unilever has fruitbased beverages only in a few markets.

The Morocco buy will give RJ Corp access to the entire North Africa market to expand its global footprint. “We expect our African businesses to touch $ 1 billion in the next three years,” said Ravi Jaipuria, Owner, RJ Corp. As the bottler, RJ Corp will take care of manufacturing and distribution of PepsiCo beverages. RJ Corp has been increasing its global presence in recent years, particularly in Africa. It already runs

Pepsi bottling operations in Mozambique and Zambia. Having franchisee rights for Yum! Restaurant International’s KFC and Pizza Hut fast-food chains besides Costa Coffee in India, it has also taken KFC franchisee in Nigeria.

of fresh and processed foods for the African countries involving key leaders from the Continent was organised by the MoFPI. The valedictory function was also attended by J S Deepak, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry; Premal Lokhandwala, Consul General, Republic of Ghana; Genet Teshome, Consul General, Ethiopia & C S Khapadia, Consul General, Madagascar. Ashok Sinha, Secretary, MoFPI, said, “The Ministry has taken a

special interest for the upliftment of food packaging industry in India, but will continue to support IIP through financial assistance to organise these international workshops.” N C Saha, Director, IIP, stated, “The opening up of the economy has paved the way for a number of international players to enter India. As a result of these developments, packaging industry is expected to grow substantially both in volume as well as sophistication in technology.”

juicy fruit slices. The grooves enhance its looks while making it easy to grip and open. Given the nature of 500 ml PET, the company expects consumers to opt for the product for both in-home and on-the-go consumption,” said the company in a press release. Among all beverages, fruit drink is one of the fastest growing categories and the mango flavour constitutes almost 80 per cent of flavour share.

Mango Splash contains vitamin C and anti-oxidants, naturally present in mango which add to the nutritive value of the drink.

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Orana launches Osterberg brand for food services

The fruit-based ingredient supplier Orana India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of the Denmark-based Orana A/S, has forayed into the food services segment in SODA LAUNCH

Parle Agro launches Bailley Soda Parle Agro recently expanded its product portfolio by breaking into the soda category. The brand Bailley Soda is positioned as ‘the strong soda’, with a higher gas content making it stronger and fizzier than existing brands. This is in keeping with consumer insights that show that Indian consumers have an COLA DRINKS

Ajegroup launches Big Cola in India

The cola market is set to intensify further with the entry of Big Cola from Peru. With the Peruvian company Ajegroup setting up shop in India, the market is no longer restricted to the traditional JOINT VENTURE

Simbhaoli Sugars forms JV with UK company Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd (SSL) has formed a joint venture (JV) with the UK-based trading firm ED & F Man Holdings (EDFM) to set up a sugar refinery in Gujarat at an investment of ` 228 crore. SSL will have 57.5 per cent stake in the JV company, Uniworld Sugars Ltd (USL), while EDFM will have


India. The products for the hospitality industry will be marketed by the name Osterberg, Orana’s globally known brand for food services. The company has launched products such as green ice tea syrups, carbonate syrups, fruit crushes and fruit fillings. “When it comes to natural, fruit-based beverages have become the best choice for the people. Osterberg products will offer consumers a combination of good taste and healthy food. For eg, Osterberg

Ice Tea has a taste of ice tea and offers benefit of fruit. To cater to the growing food services segment, Orana launched its Osterberg brand internationally few years back. Now, it is bringing this brand to India as the domestic food services segment is experiencing good growth,” said Parveen Dang, Director (Sales & R&D – South Asia), Orana India Pvt Ltd. He further added, “The products will be available in 1 litre PET bottles and in 3.1 kg cans.”

affinity for strong tastes. The move is also in line with the company’s vision to be present across all beverage categories making it a complete beverage player. Speaking on the launch, Nadia Chauhan, Joint Managing Director and CMO, Parle Agro, said, “The expansion into the soda category is in accordance with our growth strategy for the beverage division. With Bailley, packaged water, already well-

established in the market, introducing Bailley Soda is a natural extension of the brand.” It balances out the brand portfolio as soda consumption goes up in winter, which is a lean period for the water industry.

rivals Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. The Latin American competitor has introduced Big Cola at an invitation price of ` 18 for a 535 mL PET bottle in Mumbai, Pune and Surat. Pepsi and Coca-Cola sell their same size colas for ` 23. The Ajegroup plans to extend the reach of Big Cola in Maharashtra and Gujarat before moving to other states. The Peruvian company stepped outside its home turf last year by launching its operations in Thailand. It also has a bottling plant in Patalganga,

Maharashtra. The unit, set up at an investment of ` 50 crore, can fill 600 bottles per minute. The company is also looking to sell Big Cola in larger PET bottles. Packs of 1.5 and 3 litre will be launched in the coming months once the brand finds its footing, according to Ajegroup officials. With a 15 per cent marketshare, Thums Up is the leading carbonated beverage, followed by Sprite (14.7 per cent), Pepsi (13-14 per cent), Limca (12 per cent) and Fanta (10 per cent).

the remaining share. The greenfield sugar refinery will be set up in Kandla, Gujarat, with a capacity of 1,000 tonne per day. Shree Renuka Sugars has also planned to set up a sugar refinery in the region. The two refineries at Kandla could be an ideal raw sugar processing and export destination on account of their proximity to deficit markets around India. Their port-based refineries would

enable them to reduce transportation charges. The JV company will sell the white sugar in the domestic market as well as outside India.

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Kellogg’s to focus more on taste, health benefits

Kellogg’s, which has re-launched its kids brand Chocos with essential nutrients, will concentrate more on taste in India, besides health benefits as part of its global marketing COFFEE MANUFACTURING

Lavazza to invest in its Indian facility at AP Lavazza, one of largest espresso coffee makers in the world, will invest Euro 20 million in its Indian manufacturing facility at Andhra Pradesh. Giuseppe Lavazza, Vice President, Lavazza Group, stated that the operations in the existing facility in Chennai will be moved to the new plant being set up at Sri City multiORGANIC FARMING

Fully organic Sikkim by 2015

The North East states of India have been actively promoting organic farming and Sikkim has gone to the extent that it hoped to see the State fully organic DAIRY PRODUCTS

Parag Milk Foods launches new shredded cheese Parag Milk Foods Pvt Ltd, manufacturers of Gowardhan and Go range of milk and milk products, recently launched Go Shredded Cheese, a delicious flavoured cheese, which comes packaged in a zip-lock bag. Devendra Shah, Chairman & Managing Director, Parag Milk Foods


strategy. The company, which is one of the leading producers of Readyto-Eat (RTE) cereals, plans to launch a 360-degree marketing campaign including television, print, radio, onground activation such as setting up kiosks at malls and strategic locations, to reposition itself as a tasty breakfast option for children. “India is a different market altogether, where taste comes above health benefits. We are now focussing on this aspect

and are relaunching Chocos as a tastier and healthy cereal breakfast. We will also look at our other products moving ahead to improve the overall taste,” said Vikram Bahl, Director - Marketing, Kellogg’s India. The company, which enjoys a healthy 60 per cent share in the ` 400 crore cereal market in India, is of late facing stiff competition from international players, such as Nestle and Unilever in the breakfast segment.

product Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Nellore district. “Initially, the new facility will cater to the Indian sub-continent but will gradually export to all Asia-Pacific regions. Our target is to evolve the Indian market as our second largest market (after Italy) for us in the next five years. The current revenues from this region are Euro 30 million,” he added. The proposed facility, which

will become functional by May 2012, will have a production capacity of 1,600 tonne per annum and will employ over 150 people. In Italy alone, the company sells about 70,000 tonne per annum, Lavazza said.

by 2015. “The Sikkim Government is pursuing an ambitious plan to make the State fully organic by 2015, hoping to transform it into a hot spot for organic products,” said D N Takarpa, Agriculture Minister, Sikkim. At the Sikkim Food Processing Investors meet, he said, “Once the goal has been achieved in 2015, the value of organic products of the State would yield good value not only in the domestic market but also in the international market.”

In his inaugural address, Takarpa spoke about the State Government’s role in taking the agro-based and food processing industries of the state forward with investor-friendly policies. The State Government, he said, was also taking it forward by preparing the people of the State to take over these industries as a sector for employment, under the capacity-building programme, which was the flagship programme of the government.

Pvt Ltd, said, “Go Cheese has a history of producing innovative products that satisfy the palate of Indian consumers bringing an international taste. This time again, we have come up with Go Shredded Cheese, which will be available in three variants namely Pizza, Pasta and Mexican. This shredded cheese has been developed for the Indian consumer making cooking dishes like pasta, lasagna,

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L-R: Rahul Akkara, VP - Marketing, and V P S Malik, Institutional Head of Parag Milk Foods

sandwiches, etc a meagre task. We are sure that Go Shredded Cheese will revolutionise the Indian market with its versatility.”


Alfa Laval hails recovering demand

Increasing demand for food processing and sanitary equipment in emerging markets was a strong growth driver in fourth quarter (Q4) 2010, according to Alfa Laval. The Sweden-based company said Q4 orders jumped by 23 per cent PRODUCT LAUNCH

Siemens catalytic carbon targets US bottlers and brewers Siemens Water Technologies (WT) has turned to coconut shells to create a new catalytic carbon product for the US market suitable for water treatment in the bottling and brewing industries. The new AquaCarb 1240CAT catalytic carbon uses specially processed carbon from coconut shells to ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Coca-Cola to focus on energy efficiency

Coca-Cola Company plans to concentrate on improving energy efficiency at its manufacturing plants in developing countries this year, as the company works towards its 2012 PRODUCT DISPLAY

Waldner to showcase packaging range at Interpack Waldner Group of Companies will display some of its state-of-the-art packaging and filling machines at the Interpack exhibition, which will be held from May 12-18, 2011, in Duesseldorf (Germany). The company will exhibit a high performance machine DOSOMAT 20.10 with an integrated packer, a


to Euro 730.5 million and rose by 16 per cent year-on-year. “Food and sanitary segments did specially well. Geographically, Central & Eastern Europe and North America reported the strongest development. But perhaps the most important shift was India’s growth to become the company’s third-largest market behind the US and China,” said Lars Renstrom, CEO & President, Alfa Laval. The company said its equipment division

had posted strong growth in the quarter – with its sanitary segment standing out due to strong demand for dairy, beverage and food applications across most regions. Demand from the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) outstripped more established markets in relative terms. In its process technology division, the food sector once again generated strongest demand, which was driven particularly by the vegetable oil business.

remove various impurities from water including chloramine, hydrogen sulfide and hydrogen peroxide. Potential applications cover water treatment in the bottling and brewing industries as well as treatment of semiconductor wastewater, municipal drinking water and groundwater remediation systems. Andrew McClure, Manager, Carbon Product, Siemens WT, said, “AquaCarb 1240CAT can be useful in the beverage

industry. We expect that this product will be applicable in the brewing & bottling industries, where breweries & bottling facilities need to treat their incoming water (typically from a potable source) for chloramine reduction.”

sustainability goals. In its sustainability report for 2009-10, Coca-Cola gave an overview of its progress across seven areas of sustainability stretching from community to energy efficiency. According to company officials, CocaCola is more or less on target to meet its various aims. One of its key sustainability pledges is to improve its energy efficiency, so the company can grow its business to 2015 against a 2004 baseline without increasing emissions. Between 2004 and 2009, Coca-Cola said it has reduced its

emissions in developed countries by 8 per cent. However total emissions have grown 12 per cent as total unit case volume has increased to 23 per cent. That leaves significant work to be done in faster growing and emerging markets. Alongside its work on energy efficiency, Coca-Cola aims to improve its water efficiency with the long-term goal of replenishing an amount of water equivalent to what is used in all finished beverages by 2020.

rotary machine DOSOMAT 12.3 AS for the dairy industry as well as a small DOSOMAT 1.1 for lower performance requirements. Further, it will also showcase its tray sealer TS 60 with a corresponding Multidos dosing system for convenience food. It recently expanded its Wangen facility with an investment of Euro 20 million. DOSOMAT machines are used for filling and packing dairy

products into plastic cups with a fully automatic wrap-around packer for various cup sizes.

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LRQA accredited to deliver FSSC 22000 Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) has been accredited to deliver a new certification scheme for food safety management systems. Food safety is a global concern, not only because of the importance for public health, but also its impact on international trade. Effective and harmonised foodsafety systems need to manage and ensure the safety and suitability of food in each link of the supply chain. LRQA has been accredited to deliver FSSC 22000 – a complete certification scheme for food safety management systems. It is one of the first organisations to receive United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) approval and has already issued its first accredited FSSC 22000 client certificate. “Across the food supply chain, organisations are facing tougher stakeholder demands, rapidly changing business conditions and increased competition. As a result, they are seeking more effective control of operations, improved performance and better risk management throughout their business. The FSSC 22000 accreditation is a further endorsement of LRQA’s competence, impartiality and ability to add more value to organisations across the food sector,” said Cor Groenveld, Global Product Manager, Food Services, LRQA. SUCCESSFUL PROJECT

MachinePoint successfully completes Coca-Cola project Accomplishment of first project with Coca-Cola Enterprises substantiates the capabilities of the new division of MachinePoint Group’s MachinePoint Food Technologies. CocaCola Enterprises contracted MachinePoint Food Technologies in October 2010 to dismantle, rig, load and transport a complete filling line from its Marseille factory. Complexities of the project called for it to be accomplished in six phases, with the line itself dismantled in two different phases; the dismantling in the first phase was executed while the rest of the line was still in production. The filling line occupied 2,500 sq metre and operated at a peak capacity of 26,500 bottles per hour. Manufactured in 1995, new components were added and refurbishments made on an almost yearly basis, which consequentially meant that the controls were intricately connected in such a way that made the dismantling a complex task. “Special care had to be taken in the first phase to keep working and disconnecting electrically without interrupting or halting the rest of the production line,” stated Roberto Freitas, Project Manager, MachinePoint Food Technologies.

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Fonterra opens new European office

Fonterra inaugurated its new European headquarters in Amsterdam. The old WEIGHING APPLICATION

OCS launches novel checkweigher German firm OCS Checkweighers recently launched its checkweigher ECEssential (EC-E), which is designed for standard market level requirements at a throughput of up to 150 ppm. The new EC-E comes with an 8” colour touch screen with easy to use functionality. The system is available in three different weighing ranges, (up to 1,500 g; IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY

Stable Micro Systems improves fish texture testing

An independent study published in the journal of Food Science has recognised the superior performance of Stable Micro System’s Warner-Bratzler shear blade in assessing firmness and texture in salmon fillets. The blade, which is used to assess the cutting force, of fresh fish, was the most sensitive method tested and yielded consistently accurate & repeatable data. As postFOOD INGREDIENTS

K+S Kali launches KCl brand The Germany-based K+S Kali has unveiled its new brand of food grade potassium chloride called KaliSel, which it claimed to be a cost-effective salt replacer in food. The food industry is currently operating on a tough mandate of reducing salt (sodium chloride) levels in packaged and prepared foods. Although sodium chloride is essential


headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, was closed in December to make way for the new office in the Netherlands. Koert Liekelema, General Manager, Fonterra, Europe, explained how the move will help the New Zealand dairy grow its value-added ingredients business. He said that moving to the new location is part of a strategic decision

to focus on building its value-added and specialty ingredients portfolio in Europe. Previously, the European arm of the New Zealand dairy had focussed on imported cheese and butter. Fonterra employs around 80 people in Europe, 65 of whom work in Amsterdam. The remaining employees are based at offices in the UK, Italy and Moscow.

3,000 g and 6,000 g) that supports the flexibility for different conveyor size requirements. Production data can be captured and transmitted by several interfaces or simply saved to a USB stick at the machine. OCS Checkweighers will showcase some of its latest weighing applications and X-ray scanners at the Interpack exhibition in Duesseldorf, Germany. The OCS products, as claimed by the company, offer high performance in

dynamic weighing, combining high speeds with accuracy to allow reliable inline weighing. The company will display its new X-ray scanner, SC, which can be used by companies within the food industry to detect any kind of contamination such as stones, glass, etc, within products.

mortem quality degradation in fish continues to affect revenues, these conclusions will assist manufacturers looking to implement reliable, accurate and tested quality control procedures. The study aimed to establish the most suitable methods of detecting firmness in salmon fillets and predicting post-cold smoking texture. Researchers compared a new tensile strength test with various established analysis methods. All instrumental methods tested used Stable Micro Systems’ TA.XTplus mechanical texture analyser fitted with a 50 kg load cell, controlled

by the company’s Exponent software. While the Warner-Bratzler shear blade was found to be the most effective method of measuring firmness and predicting post-smoking texture, the new tensile test provided the highest levels of accuracy when predicting post-mortem gaping (the appearance of tears or slits within the fillet on handling). Dr Ian Johnston, Fish Muscle Research Group, University of St Andrews, commented, “The results of our study will enable manufacturers to undertake consistent quality control.”

to human life, excessive consumption has been linked to increased risk of high blood pressure and stroke in a number of studies. Many countries now recommend adults consume no more than 6 g of salt a day – but many people actually consume as much as double that. It is understood that much of the salt in diets in developed countries is not added at table, but is contained in prepared foods, where it

serves as a flavour enhancer, thickening agent, stabiliser or preservative. The company described the launch as an outstanding, yet cost-effective solution for salt substitution in food.

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Canada declares new food labelling rules Canadian brewers will not have to display the allergen content of their products on labels. This was announced by Leona Aglukkaq, Health Minister, Government of Canada, while releasing the new guidelines on food and beverage labelling recently. The beer industry will not be subjected to the same requirements as other producers. The new regulations are aimed at making it easier for people with ingredient intolerances and allergies to make informed choices on the products that they consume, which could contain ‘hidden’ triggers, such as gluten and sulphites. Aglukkaq explained that the government is now working in consultation with the brewing sector in order to address some of the concerns that they had raised about the impact on small producers, suggesting that the exemption will be a temporary one. The new labelling scheme will come into force in August 2012. Recently, Canadian beverage companies have adopted an initiative to prominently display the calorific content of nonalcoholic drinks on the front of their containers. PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY

Tetra Pak showcases innovative products at Gulfood Tetra Pak, one of the leaders in food processing and packaging solutions, showcased its industry expertise and commitment to innovation at Gulfood 2011. Under the theme ‘Passion for Innovation’, Tetra Pak offered Middle East customers a first time opportunity to view the company’s full international portfolio of packaging solutions provided to customers around the world, and learn about Tetra Pak’s most recent industry innovations. Visitors were guided through an interactive and engaging tour of the Portfolio and Innovation Labs to see Tetra Pak’s product portfolio and gain an insight into R&D that drives the company’s ongoing innovation in packaging solutions. The tour also highlighted the real business benefits to customers that innovative packaging solutions offer. Jan Juul Larsen, Managing Director, Tetra Pak Arabia, said, “The decision to bring the Portfolio and Innovation Labs to Gulfood is demonstration of our real commitment to this region. Not only is this one of the fastest growing markets in the world, it is also a region where our customers recognise quality and innovation. We are delighted to be able to offer them unprecedented access to Tetra Pak’s wide portfolio of existing and future packaging solutions at this important event.”

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GFSI launches packaging safety think tank

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has launched a packaging safety thinktank as part of a strategy to manage the HEALTH FOOD

Danisco expertise backs probiotic documentary Danisco plans to contribute unique insights into the probiotic world in a new independent documentary that explains the story of probiotics, how they are produced & tested and the latest research findings to consumers & health professionals. One of the global leaders in probiotics, it has HEALTH ISSUE

Carbonated beverage ingredient unsafe

The ‘caramel colouring’ used in CocaCola, Pepsi and other dark coloured soft drinks contains a ‘carcinogenic’ VIRTUAL FACTORY

US chocolatier develops virtual factory world US confectioner TCHO is developing a virtual factory world, which will allow customers and employees to interact online with the company’s chocolate processing facility. Realtime sensor data and video is imported from hundreds of sensors on the 30,000-sq ft factory in San Francisco


risks from food contact materials. The body said it had initiated the Packaging Technical Working Group in response to growing industry concern over the need to streamline and harmonise food safety requirements, which are currently found in the ‘plethora of packaging standards existing today in the food industry’. Neil Marshall, Director, Global Quality and Food Safety, Coca-Cola, hailed the new group, and highlighted the need for an end-to-end supply chain approach

for food safety. “Risks from packaging should be handled in the same way as those from processing techniques and ingredients. One of the key pillars of our global food safety strategy is build upon requirements for our suppliers to be GFSI certified and so it is vitally important that packaging food safety risks are managed and mitigated using the same sciencebased approach we use for ingredients and manufacturing processes within the supply chain,” he added.

sponsored and participated in the film – Microwarriors – that includes clips from Danisco’s probiotic development and production facilities in Madison, the US. Scott Bush, Vice PresidentHealth & Nutrition Marketing, Danisco is among the featured experts. He welcomes the documentary as an opportunity to reach out to healthcare professionals. “As much as we need to provide consumers with the necessary

information about the health benefits and safety of probiotics, it is important to get the influencers to buy into this, because they are the ones who talk to consumers,” he explained.

substance. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Washington DC, filed a petition recently, with the US Food and Drugs Administration (USFDA) to ban two types of carcinogen chemicals, which are often used or labelled as ‘caramel colouring’ mostly on products like Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other dark coloured products. The artificial brown colouring is made by reacting sugar with ammonia and sulfites under a very high pressure and temperature and those reactions result

in the formations of 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, which can cause lung, liver, thyroid cancer and leukaemia. This was diagnosed on mice and rats when a study was conducted by the US government. When the CSPI referred the study to the National Institute of Health National Toxicology, it found that both 2methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole were animal carcinogens. The state of California recently added 4methylimidazole to a list of ‘chemicals known to cause cancer’.

to create the computer-based environment. “The users can see different aspects of the data. For instance, we are designing ways for customers to track their own products from point of origin to finished products,” said Larry Del Santo, Marketing Manager, TCHO. He further added, “In the future, visitors will be able to choose avatars and interact with each other as well as

the factory itself.” The technology will allow the company to create multiuser collaborative spaces for tasks like factory observation, virtual inspections, employee training, process monitoring, and inventory tracking.

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Langguth introduces novel self-adhesive labeller

Optimised metal detection for vertically packed food production lines

Langguth, the Germany-based provider of tailor-made labelling solutions, has developed a self-adhesive labeller of the new series selfLAN. The new compact and highperformance linear labeller, selfLAN 510, is used for self-adhesive labels on containers with widely differing sizes and forms “This series can be retrofitted up to fully automatic change-over, and therefore, guarantees the highest possible flexibility,“ said Klaus Pekruhl, Managing Director, Langguth. The new series can be used to label containers of unusual shape with high precision due to the new unwinding and tensioning device, which uncouples the inert mass of the label roll completely. The roll paper is therefore kept under the same tension all the time. A further advantage of the machine is the low start-up and holding time. “The label position can exactly be adjusted via the control unit located directly at the dispenser. Using this direct inquiry, the time expenditure can be reduced considerably,“ added Pekruhl. Apart from the series selfLAN standing for self-adhesive labelling machines, Langguth offers the product lines hotLAN (hotmelt labelling technology), wetLAN (wet glue labelling technology) and sysLAN (pail handling systems).

Food manufacturers can now ensure that their vertically packaged products are of high quality with Mettler Toledo Safeline’s new ST Series metal detector. The ST Series is specially designed for the inspection of free falling products in vertical packaging and vertical form fill seal (VFFS) applications, and offers enhanced protection from contamination through increased detection sensitivity. Equipped with an advanced Safeline detection coil and new detector head geometry, the new ST Series provides levels of detection sensitivity that are 30 per cent better than those typically used in food production environments, claimed the company. The system allows the inspection of free falling foods such as snack foods, cereals, confectionery, Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) products and any other products packed in a VFFS bag making operation. “The new ST Series is a ‘must have’ for food processors using vertical packaging applications as it allows them to ensure product safety and quality. Our food industry expertise coupled with our Zero Metal Free Zone (ZMFZ) technology & the most advanced detection techniques helps us lead this market and offer food processors the best solutions for their products,” said David Barber, Head of Products, Mettler Toledo Safeline.

MULTIVAC offers twin lane traysealer for higher output

Krones’ new labeller copes with all dress variants

With the T 850 traysealer, MULTIVAC is bringing into the market the first twin lane model of the new generation of traysealers. Having a capacity ranging from 80-100 packs per minute, the T 850 is capable of being completely integrated into an automatic packaging line. “The T 850 is the twin lane version of the existing T 800 traysealer model and is equipped with the same innovative machine technology & pioneering hygiene design,” stated Valeska Haux, VP - Corporate Marketing, MULTIVAC. The T 850 is flexible as regards the types of products & formats, which can be packed. It is easy to operate and; within the context of its CO2 footprint, is designed for the lowest possible energy & packaging material use. While its main areas of operation lie in the food sector (primarily in meat, sausage and convenience products), it is also suitable for the packing of seafood/fish and cheese, fruits & vegetables or salad products. At Interpack 2011 exhibition in Düsseldorf, MULTIVAC will present the T 850 in an integrated line with an ANYTRAY Twin Rack denester, an MBS 050 converger and a weigh price labeller.

Krones AG has developed DecoBloc – a one single labeller that can handle all dress variants. The company claims that in future it will be possible to create a monobloc configuration synchronising a modularised labeller featuring a Sleevematic carousel, a Shrinkmat tunnel and a Linadry unit for predrying the containers. “Clients can then use this monobloc to run all the labelling processes in common use, thus enjoying enhanced flexibility. Whether it is cold-glue, pressure-sensitive, hotmelt or shrink and stretch sleeves – with the Krones DecoBloc, all these labelling processes can be speedily performed,” stated the company in a press release. The docking stations feature motorised height adjustment, so that irrespective of the floor level involved, the labelling stations can be swiftly prepared for a product change-over at the touch of a button. Different machine sizes offer outputs of up to 72,000 containers an hour. Servomotors are used to ensure maximally accurate dress positioning. For sleeving applications, moreover, there is a choice between shrinksleeve labels with a downstream Shrinkmat tunnel or stretch-sleeve labelling.


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Stäubli develops high-speed SCARA TS80 robot

Innovation in make-up of dough strands

Stäubli has introduced an ultra-fast and precise 4-axis robot series with speed ranging up to 100 picks per minute, thus offering a wide range of applications where speed is coupled with precision. Typical applications include assembly, handling, packaging and machine tending. The new highspeed TS80 SCARA features a new innovative design representing the next generation in SCARA robots. Now in the final stage of development, the three models with the names TS40, TS60 and TS80 have ranges of 400, 600 and 800 millimetre. The TS80 not only has the shortest cycle time, it also meets the Stäubli standard for high precision. The repeatability of the 55 kg TS80 is an impressive +/-0.01 mm. The nominal payload is 2 kg and maximum is 8 kg. Depending on the application requirements, two different versions with 200 or 400 mm stroke are available. The TS80’s conventional design is available in a floor or wall mount. In addition, the TS series is available in different configurations including cleanroom class 6 standards as well as an IP54 protection class for use in harsh conditions making them ideal for real-world industrial conditions.

The Germany-based Werner & Pfleiderer Industrial Bakery Technologies (WP), a member of the WP BAKERYGROUP, has developed systems for cutting dough strands with a minimum of weight deviation. Up to now dough strands are cut with conventional guillotines. Using this system, the guillotine makes each cut to a pre-set size. Irregularities in the dough are not taken into account but often lead to significant weight deviations. In order to solve the problem of weight deviation, WP has developed a new method with 3D image processing technologies. Two cameras scan the complete width of the strand from above and generate a laser beam. While the dough strands are being transported through the laser beam, the cameras record the three-dimensional form of the strands. Even the slightest irregularities in the surface are detected. On the basis of this data, the control system calculates exactly when the cut has to be made in order to get a predefined product weight. Then it triggers the cutting, which is done by the Delta Cutting Robot module. The standard deviation is only 1 to 2 per cent. With the same dough volume more products can be produced. The company claims that this leads to a fast return on investment.

Novel ingredients enhance texture and shelf-life of dairy products

Cargill uses novel way to boost shelf-life and safety of burgers

Spanish firm Premium Ingredients has reportedly developed two ingredients that it claims will enhance the texturisation and stabilisation of dairy products such as UHT milk and cheese. For UHT reconstituted milk, the company has developed Premitex XLB-6012, a blend of emulsifiers and stabilisers, which are composed of mono - and diglycerides of fatty acids, carrageenan and guar gum. It has also introduced Premilac XLK-10007, a milk protein and stabiliser combination formed from carrageenan and gums, for application in cheese. Premitex XLB-6012 offers advantages such as improved emulsion stability, controlled mouthfeel & viscosity, improved appearance and prevention of fat separation & sedimentation. According to the company, the ingredient can maintain its chemical, physical & sensory characteristics during prolonged storage time and avoids quality deterioration caused by changes in temperature. Premilac XLK-10007 is specially designed to create Mediterranean style cheese of firm homogeneous and breakable textures and can be adjusted to the desired characteristics of the end-product.

Food major Cargill has claimed that a new high-pressure processing (HPP) technique for fresh ground beef patties can double the shelf-life of traditional fresh burgers and enhance food safety without compromising quality. Fressure ground beef patties are produced using a patent-pending process, which the company describes as natural. According to Brent Wolke, VP for Cargill’s Wichita, Kansas-based Foodservice Meat Business, the process enabling Cargill to produce Fressure patties is a technological breakthrough that allows us to provide our customers, as well as consumers, with a premium ground beef option that is superior, in a number of ways, to any in the marketplace today. It is an entirely natural process that does not use high temperatures, chemicals or irradiation, while retaining the nutrient value and freshness of the ground beef, the company stated. It added, “Fressure beef patties retain their freshness due to a natural pressure treating process on the outside of the package to protect the product on the inside, which leads to a longer shelf-life than standard fresh patties.”

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“There is a huge untapped market for grain processing equipment in India” …says Dipak Mane, Managing Director, Buhler India Pvt Ltd. He joined Buhler as a Sales Manager for its Rice Milling Business Unit in 1992 and, over the years, has been responsible for developing a Sales/Marketing Team and tapping new markets. With over 25 years of experience mainly in industrial sales, projects, equipment and consumables, he has taken initiatives to introduce many innovative products in the Indian grain processing industry. In an interaction with Rakesh Rao and Shivani Mody, Mane elaborates on the growth prospects in the food processing sector and Buhler’s investment plans for India.

Grain processing market in India India produces almost 15 per cent of world’s grain, but investment in this segment is less than 5 per cent. Also, grain handling is the biggest challenge today. The use of latest grain processing technology for generating higher yields and moving towards integrated grain processing units will help India overcome these challenges.

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to be achieved in the next four years. As the food processing sector is growing rapidly, we expect a surge in our revenues in the coming years. Currently, we have 25 per cent share in the domestic rice milling equipment and are also bullish on Indian market for our new & innovative solutions. The company constitutes more than 50 per cent share of the country’s wheat flour milling plant market. Of the 75 million tonne of wheat produced in the country, only about 15 million tonne is processed in roller flour mills, with 60 tonne/day or more capacity. The bulk, 80 per cent, is milled in ordinary chakkis or stone grinders. This is a huge market, which is yet to be tapped. Globally, Buhler is a leading solutions provider for processed food industry such as chocolate, pasta and extruded snacks. With growing demand for processed food in India, we expect a large amount of investment in this sector and Buhler India is already gearing up to cater to this demand.

Impact of parent company acquiring Schmidt-Seeger The acquisition of the Germany-based Schmidt-Seeger will enable Buhler to further strengthen its grain processing activities, which have already been successfully established over the past years, and to forge ahead with its global growth plans. Schmidt-Seeger possesses proven know-how in the drying, storage and handling of grain as well as in the malting business. It will help Buhler to further expand its business in India and offer customers new options for integrating their entire value chains. It will, thus, make a significant contribution to quality assurance and retraceability of foods.

Key growth drivers for the company In the food processing segment, grain milling and handling, including grain management are the key growth drivers for Buhler India.

Solving the challenges of the industry Lack of manpower poses a major challenge to the industry. Manpower is in plenty, but lacks the required quality and efficiency. We are taking measures to improve the same. One such step is investing in proper training of the personnel, for which we have set up Buhler Academy at our factory in Attibele near Bengaluru. In collaboration with the Governments of Switzerland and Karnataka, Buhler has established Buhler Academy, wherein 30 students with ITI or diploma are selected every year and they undergo intense theoretical and practical training. At the end of four years, these students are fully geared up to take the challenges and job responsibilities present in the food processing industry. One of Buhler’s success stories is the support it provided to an Indian supplier of pulses and spices. Knowhow acquired over the decades in the gentle treatment of grain and rice enabled Buhler engineers in India to solve problems that have always been a cause of worry to pulses processors. They have developed a complete plant for the gentle processing of various types of pulses and spices. Further, Buhler India has developed multi-seed processing plants specifically suited for India. This has benefitted Indian spice producers largely by offering them flexibility to change their product mix more frequently. The Buhler multiseed processing plants clean, classify, and sort different products by merely changing the machine parameters.

Meeting the needs of small & medium enterprises (SMEs) SMEs have a significant presence in the food sector. For the SME segment, the cost of equipment and low running costs remain primary factors that influence the sale of food processing equipment. On this front, Buhler has scored well. Superior technology from its parent, coupled with the advantage

For the SME segment, the cost of equipment and low running costs remain primary factors that influence the sale of food processing equipment. On this front, Buhler has scored well. Superior technology from its parent, coupled with the advantage of manufacturing in a low-cost region such as India, has resulted in operational cost savings to its customers. of manufacturing in a low-cost region such as India, has resulted in operational cost savings to its customers.

R&D initiatives of Buhler Buhler gives utmost importance to the R&D activities, which are carried out at the in-house R&D centre located at our plant in Attibele near Bengaluru. It undertakes new innovations in product development and focusses on cost reduction, quality improvement, process implementations and process controls. Approximately 6 per cent of our turnover is allocated for R&D activity every year. We have a dedicated R&D team that is working on atta milling, dal (pulse) milling and new generation rice milling. We would also work on germination technology, industrial drying and grain storage & management.

Your investment plans for India We are planning to double our turnover in the next four years and for that purpose, we have earmarked a budget of ` 100 crore for various expansion projects. We are building a manufacturing facility for producing machinery, a research & development centre and an office building near our present location in Bengaluru, where we mainly manufacture rice and flour milling machines along with the control systems and accessories.

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Private-public collaboration in R&D

What’s the way forward?

With the rising demand for processed foods, manufacturers are looking for innovative products to meet the changing tastebuds of the consumers. Globally, the industry works closely with research institutes for the development of new technology and processing methods. However, in India, private firms, inspite of having limited resources for research & development (R&D), still depend on their inhouse expertise to develop novel products. In conversation with some of the experts, Rakesh Rao tries to unravel the challenges involved in establishing industry-academia collaboration and how research institutes can play a more proactive role in the development of agribusiness industry.

Dr Dilip N Kulkarni President - Agri-Food Division, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd At present, R&D is given the least importance in agribusiness. On the contrary, the need for R&D is important from the point of view of value addition and commercialisation of Indian agriculture. Agriculture is as important to the country as for processing industry. The research for agriculture, which is a critical link in the agribusiness supply chain, is not given its due place. Present expenditure on R&D by agribusiness companies is negligible. But, companies in Western world spend substantial amounts. The growth of the agribusiness companies come from new products and innovations. Currently, research institutes and industries are working in isolation. The institutes need to do research, which is


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need based. The institutes are full of knowledge but the research efforts are not directed to fulfill the requirements of the industry. Many a time, industries are much ahead of institutes in terms of advancements. Industries lack facilities in terms of lab and pilot level working, however they are much capable for application studies. The areas of research could be on alternative processing methods, which are more efficient and costeffective. The efficiency could be in terms of reduced energy requirement, better product quality, better waste utilisation, use of alternative raw materials, development of processing varieties, better quality raw materials with high solid contents, better retention of nutrients during processing, etc. The collaboration will also help in preventing duplication of the work and reduce country’s R&D expenses. At present, institutes are starved of research fund. The collaborations have worked all over the world, then why not in India. In the US and Europe most of the university research is sponsored by private industries. The government and the academia should change their mindset.


Arvind Sinha CEO & Chief Advisor, Business Advisors Group The move from regional to global economies has resulted in significant industrial restructuring and advancement. This has impacted both the mechanism and the role of technology development. Where manufactured products were once the focus of activity, the management and exploitation of intellectual assets, once considered only an enabler to manufacturing, have now become much more economically important. Agribusiness companies always require inputs from the research institute. The industry is witnessing constant changes in areas such as techniques used for increasing farm yield, upgradation of production technology and adherence to food safety management systems. For an individual company, it would be difficult to track such developments and invest huge amounts in R&D. Therefore, every agribusiness has to tie-up with research institutes and universities, which are undertaking new projects and adopting new methods in the field of agro-processing. Changes in food regulations also require lots of inputs, which generally come from large research institutes. While institutes need feedbacks from the industry regarding market requirements, on the other hand, the industry gets to know the latest from the field of research and technology through institutes. But, to make

S Bala Ravi Advisor, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation Currently, agricultural research institutions do not play a direct role in agribusiness, except for influencing the quality of commodities directly traded or, in some cases, for their processing. Historically, these institutions were established and promoted to develop technologies for production & quality of produce to meet the needs of farmers and national production rather than that of agri-industry. So there has been less stress and internal capacity in R&D related to processing, value-addition and scaled up product development for competitive marketing. Indian industry has not invested in agricultural research, except in input supply, with most of these sectors enjoying subsidy and privileges. In a limited way, the public research has contributed to the agribusiness by developing raw materials, which offer better processed products. Some of the examples are the tobacco research in the past aimed at quality of different processed products, sugarcane research for improved sugar yield and recovery, research on basmati

this collaboration fruitful, tremendous understanding & co-operation and free flow of information & findings between both the parties is required. Globalisation and the growing importance of new technology have led to changes in the R&D orientation of agribusiness companies. With knowledge becoming more important as a strategic factor in international competition, companies are forced to make changes in their R&D orientation. For future needs, a company, in addition to in-house R&D, may look at a tie-up with domestic and/or foreign research centres. Globalisation of production makes it easier to establish relationships with foreign research centres. Thus, the traditionally domestic outlook in R&D activities may change towards a much more international orientation. Companies will have to choose between centralising or decentralising their R&D activities, and between working with domestic institutes or foreign research centres. The eventual outcome depends on the future R&D requirements, the globalisation strategy and the existing research activities of the organisation.

rice and similarly exported commodities for enhanced export competitiveness, etc. Nothing prevents from the public-private partnership (PPP) model in agribusiness to materialise. Both public and private investment have to selectively build this strength with a mission to build leadership in agribusiness and pass on the benefits also to farmers and consumers. The major challenge is the mindset that imitates the Western model of agribusiness to make high cost junk from natural foods and that investment in infrastructure & research should immediately turn to profits. The role of Indian private sector in allying with public research is quite different from their counterparts in developing countries. Openness is a basic requirement for private and public research to make any purposive & productive PPP.

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Parveen Dang Director (Sales & R&D – South Asia), Orana India Pvt Ltd India is among the world’s largest producers of food, producing over 600 million tonne of food products. The Indian food processing industry is a high priority sector and is estimated to grow at 9-12 per cent. Agricultural production and food processing accounts for 22 per cent of India’s GDP and employs more than 70 per cent of its workforce. India’s total food market is estimated at $ 70 billion, of which $ 22 billion is the share of the value-added food products. There are an estimated 40,000 food processing units in India. However these units are able to process only a small percentage of production. It is estimated that the industry loses more than 25 per cent of its produce due to poor post-harvesting equipment, inadequate food processing technology and storage facilities. To reduce the losses and to increase the efficiency of food processing sector,

Dr Rakesh K Singh Head - Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Georgia Institutes can work on applied research related to specific issues for the agribusiness. The technology transfer to industry is another major role of agriculture institutes. The agribusiness can also test new products in the institute’s facilities and improve product quality. Business feasibility study is another aspect where institutes can help agribusiness. Training of employees about new technologies and regulations is also done at institutes. The institutes should develop different policies and procedures to jointly work with the industry. If an institute has developed new technology and markets its services to the industry, it can build a good reputation. We at the University of Georgia are known for training industry personnel in food safety areas, and offer about 10 short courses per year. All our short courses are full and generate income for the programme. We also have policies in-place


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private sector initiatives and those from R&D institutes should be promoted in big way. There is a lack of in-house quality control and testing facilities in conformity with the international standards. This is proving to be critical bottleneck in exports of products as non-tariff barriers lead to stringent food import norms in developed countries. Poor infrastructure facilities such as irregular power supply, high inland transportation cost and lack of storage & cold chain facilities, marketing of processed food products, etc continue to impede the development of largescale processing in India. PPP in the development of new technology in agribusiness and food processing industry is the need of the hour. The public sector institutes can leverage valuable private resources, expertise, or marketing networks that they otherwise lack. While the technology can be developed in the public sector organisations, the private sector – where the necessary experience, competencies and tools are more readily available – can be associated in commercialisation, marketing and distribution. The private industry should come forward with new technology and invest in agriculture to increase its present production levels.

for faculty member to work with industry funded project and negotiate through the Office of Technology Transfer on the intellectual property ownership. If a company wants to use our pilot facilities, we have procedure to work with that company and charge service fees, which is used for maintenance of the equipment & also for support of graduate students. The key is to get exposure of the institute to the industry through conferences, workshops and alumni. The major challenge in establishing collaboration between research institute and private sector is ownership of intellectual property. The institutes would like to own the intellectual property and at the same time the industrial partner wants to own it. Getting both sides to agree is a major challenge. Being in food technology field, I work with the industry on funding projects, which support its long-term goals. We also allow industry to use our facilities for development of new or improved products using different emerging technologies. The industry pays a service fees for using existing equipment but if modifications or research is needed, they sponsor a project, and then we negotiate on the ownership of intellectual property.


Saloni Nangia Senior VP - Retail & Consumer Products, Technopak Advisors R&D is one of the main pillars to keep on introducing new products in the agribusiness market. The agribusiness-based products go through a long procedure before coming to the retail outlets. The basic steps included in introducing a new agribusiness-based product in the market are idea generation, concept development, concept testing, product factorisation, product R&D, product development, test marketing and launch. Except product R&D, all the other major steps are market-driven and governed by changing market & consumer dynamics. Product R&D is the main factor, which correlates the end-product features and aspects demanded in the changing market. As a deciding factor it is important to concentrate & invest on R&D for agribusiness-based companies. All the big companies in the industry are continuously infusing millions of dollar worth investments and time towards R&D. Private sector companies & research institutes can collaborate on various ground level studies, which are more concentrated on the product side and not on the market side. Some of the areas of collaboration on the products

side can be product designing, nutritional denominations and USP’s finalisation. However, to establish this collaboration, the major challenges are the procedures and the time included in the process of R&D by research institutes. Mostly, the private players look for fast & favourable results for their designed product. On the other hand, the research organisations’ outputs are based on realistic facts and may not match up with the product expectations. The openness of the agribusiness company to collaborate with research institutions will totally depend on the nature of operations, which a private firm is planning to delegate. R&D related to nutritional denominations are majorly delegated to many research organisations to finalise the serving size & nutritional information per serving quantity. The nutritional denomination also focusses on the nutritional content of product like fats, trans fat, protein, vitamin and carbohydrate content.

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FieldFresh Foods Pvt Ltd

Taking confectionery to the next level FieldFresh Foods’ new Del Monte range of fruit fillings promises to provide novel solutions for the bakery and confectionery segments in India. The company claims that with these fruit fillings, bakers and confectioners would be able to provide quality, consistency and innovative products to the market.

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f late, food processing industry in India has drawn considerable attention from the country and abroad. The government has also extended tax and other benefits to the industry. Anticipating the potential of Indian market, Del Monte, the US food brand, forayed into India in 2007 through a joint venture, FieldFresh Foods Pvt Ltd, between Bharti Enterprises and Del Monte Pacific Ltd. Within a short span of time, the company has emerged as one of India’s leading processed food and beverage brands offering new propositions catering to different consumer tastes. Its product range in India includes fruit drinks, ketchup & sauces, packaged fruits, and the Italian range consisting of pasta variants, pasta sauces, olive oil and table olives.

Fruit fillings Recently, Del Monte has launched a new range of fruit fillings, which is a vital ingredient for the bakery and confectionery industries across


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the world. The fillings consist of several varieties of strawberry, wild blueberry, raspberry, dark cherry and pineapple. Its fruit fillings cater to the growing demands for international quality inputs among bakers and confectioners, in terms of small & medium businesses as well as large and established players. “Our fruit fillings contain whole fruits, picked at the peak of a season adding to the flavour and texture of the product. These are freeze-thaw stable as well as bake stable, and can be utilised in various bakery & confectionery products or even as toppings for ice cream,” says Yogesh Bellani, Business Head, Del Monte Foods Business, FieldFresh Foods Pvt Ltd. The company is all set to deploy innovative marketing practices for its fruit fillings and partner with leading bakers & confectioners across the country. “We hope to help them create new and exotic products utilising the fruit fillings in a variety of food products,” he adds. Once it is materialised, its partners will be able to attain consistency, quality and innovation in their products. Del Monte’s fruit fillings can


be innovatively utilised in cream cakes (gateaux), pastries, cold cheesecakes, baked cheesecakes, mousse & soufflés, fruit filled muffins, fruit cookies, fruit breads, breakfast rolls, Danish pastries, and croissants, among other bakery & confectionery products.

Benefits to offer The fruit fillings is another example of how Del Monte is providing innovative and delicious products to its consumers, asserts Bellani. By designing such benchmarks in quality and innovation, the company is confident that it will lead the market in this segment. It aims at providing fruitful solutions and partner with bakers & confectioners throughout India to promote this trend and offer quality products for the same. According to Bellani, fruit fillings will be a boon for bakers and confectioners in the country, as they provide a superior quality product that is usable throughout the year. Besides, these products can also be utilised in a variety of baking techniques. “The nonbranded products do not provide the true taste and consistency in the fruit fillings,” quips Bellani. He further claims that Del Monte is the first organised player in the industry to provide highquality fruit fillings in India. The bakery and confectionery industries have evolved since early 2000, right from using only cut fruits and their derivatives then, to using superior fruit fillings now. Exotic fruit filled creations are now available all round the year due to availability of packaged fruit fillings. While desserts are seen to be indulgent, the range that utilises fruit fillings are perceived more positively by consumers. “As ingredients or as toppings, Del Monte fruit fillings will help bakers and confectioners create desserts of international standards. With the launch of our fruit fillings, the confectionery & bakery segments will have simple access to the exotic range of fruit fillings,” he opines.

Marketing strategy According to Bellani, bakery in India is one of the largest food industries with a turnover of about ` 3,000 crore. “Del Monte’s packaged fruit range consisting of pineapple slices, tidbits, fruit cocktail, peaches, prunes, etc, had created ripples of excitement in 2008 when it was launched,” he claims. According to the company, Del Monte’s packaged fruits have made inroads into the market and the brand has forged strong bonds of loyalty & partnership with B2B industry players. Now, with the launch of fruit fillings, bakers & confectioners can avail high quality and differentiated products at competitive rates. Like any other industry, customers in bakery industry lso look for innovative bakery products, better visual appeal, taste and convenience. Unique flavours continue to attract the consumers. The interest in fruit fillings lies in the taste experience they provide. “Our endeavour will be to engage with the bakery and confectionery segments to introduce new innovative product ideas, which will provide a unique taste experience to the consumer,” asserts Bellani. The distribution of Del Monte fruit fillings will initially focus on metros and will then gradually enter into other markets in a phased manner.

Shifts in the market The bakery industry in India has traditionally been controlled by the unorganised sector, contributing over 70 per cent of the total production. “Encouraging trends in consumption of bakery products indicate vast scope for the industry and lead us to believe that the demand for bakery products will continue to increase in the future,” says Bellani. He strongly believes that in the changing circumstances (bakery and confectionery segments), a good number of food and grocery retailers have to tie up with regional bakeries to widen their offerings, which are customised according to the catchment

Yogesh Bellani Business Head Del Monte Foods Business

In the changing circumstances (bakery and confectionery segments), a good number of food and grocery retailers have to tie up with regional bakeries to widen their offerings, which are customised according to the catchment area. Some retail chains too have their own team of bakers to manage the in-store bakery section. area. Some retail chains too have their own team of bakers to manage the in-store bakery section. Another significant step can be collaborating with café chains. So far, the penetration level of processed foods is low in the country. “The very problems of food processing may turn into its biggest opportunities. Considering the low penetration of processed food into Indian households, there lays the opportunity of a double-digit growth for several years to come,” opines Bellani. In this direction, categories like bottled water or savoury snacks have shown the way, which have grown considerably popular in the last few years.

Scaling new heights In order to consolidate its position further in the market, FieldFresh is expected to continue its strategy of expansion through product launches. A case in point is the recently introduced Mango Splash. It is important to mention here that among all beverages, mango flavour constitutes a substantial share. If current activities are any indication, then FieldFresh is leaving no stone unturned to become one of the most important players in the food & beverage industry in India.

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India is poised to become the food processing hub in the near future. The market in the country is already showing signs to support this statement. With processed foods gaining huge popularity and thereby marketshare, the agroproduce processing machinery industry is making the most of this optimistic growth. This segment is showing upward trends in new technology development, which will be in sync with the Vision 2015 of Ministry of Food Processing Industries.


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Mahua Roy


ndia is the culmination of all favourable factors for a robust food processing hub. Be it environmental, climatic or even consumer behaviour, the country has a lot to offer on its platter, figuratively! The enviable figures speak for themselves, thus portraying the food processing industry as the strongest. According to a study by McKinsey & Company, the Indian food market is poised to grow to $ 310 billion by 2015 and $ 344 billion in 2025 – at an approximate compounded annual growth rate of 4.1 per cent. Currently, India ranks second in fruit production and third in vegetable production in the world. Also, India’s food processing industry is one of the largest in the country – it is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and growth rate. The Indian food processing industry is estimated at $ 70 billion. According to the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), this industry contributes about 9 per cent to India’s GDP and has a share of 6 per cent in the total industrial

Machinery commonly used R Fruit juice & concentrate line R Osmotic dehydration equipment R Evaporator R Aseptic drum filler R Concentrator R Post-percolation system R Decanter R IQF freezer R Dicer R Ready-to-eat lines R Snack/potato wafer line R Sterilising retort R Industrial juice extractor R Separator R System filler R Seamer R Aloevera processing

production. The industry employs 1.6 million workers directly.

V Gokul Das

Government support

Managing Director, HRS Process Systems

The ambitious and promising Vision 2015 document released by the MoFPI aims at raising India to the zenith of food processing. The following specific targets are recognised: R To increase the level of processing of perishables from 6-20 per cent R Value-addition from 20-35 per cent R Share in global food trade from 1.5-3 per cent, by 2015 R Increase the level of food processing from 2-10 per cent in 2010 and to 25 per cent in 2025 The following measures have been proposed by the proactive government: R Full repatriation of profits and capital is allowed R Automatic approvals for foreign investment up to 100 per cent, except in few cases, and also technology transfer R Zero import duty on capital goods and raw materials for 100 per cent export-oriented units. Customs duty on packaging machines reduced R Income tax rebate allowed (100 per cent of profits for five years and 25 per cent of profits for the next five years) for new industries in fruits & vegetables, besides institutional and credit support

Drivers of the fruitful journey The reasons for the boom in the food processing industry are many. “Consumer taste & preference is one of the major drivers for this industry. Increased health consciousness, high disposable incomes, changing demographics and lifestyle are driving demand for quality fruit products that can be consumed at ease. This is evident from the huge rise in demand for ‘pulpy’ beverages as compared to carbonated beverages, in the last few years. Also, there is a growing demand

There is a focus on enhancing efficiency of the existing processing lines for pasteurisation, aseptic processing and concentration of pulp by use of energy-efficient heat exchanger designs and better process control. All these aim at ensuring better quality, and retaining aroma & nutritive value of the product. for quality processed fruit products like pulp and purees,” says V Gokul Das, Managing Director, HRS Process Systems. This is providing a direct impetus to the processing machinery industry, which is keeping up with the demands of what the processors are looking for, and ultimately this will be in the interests of the end-consumer. The Fruit and Vegetable (F&V) processing industry is highly decentralised; large number of units are in the small-scale sector having small capacities of up to 250 tonne per annum. Major vegetables grown include potato, onion, tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, eggplant, cucumber, gherkin, peas, garlic and okra. The major fruits grown in India are mango, grapes, apple, apricot, orange, banana, avocado, guava, litchi, papaya, sapota and watermelon. Mango accounts for 40 per cent of the national fruit production and India is one of the leading exporters of fresh table grapes to the global market. The vegetable and fruit production contributes more than 30 per cent to the agricultural GDP. Also, India accounts for 13 per cent of vegetables and 12 per cent of fruits production globally, with an enviable share in few categories like mango, banana, cashew, green peas and onion.

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Mallikarjuna S Senior Manager – Marketing & Business Development, Buhler India Pvt Ltd

High domestic and export demand could provide growth opportunities for the sector. This industry can do to the rural economy what the IT sector has done for urban India. Our country, having an advantage of a strong agricultural base, should tap this potential favourably and become a preferred sourcing destination for food products globally. Growth of processing machinery industry Currently processing of fruits and vegetables is estimated to be around 2.2 per cent of the total production in the country. The major processed products are fruit pulp & juices, fruitbased ready-to-serve beverages, canned fruits & vegetables, jams, squashes, pickles, chutneys and dehydrated vegetables. The new arrivals in this segment comprise vegetable curries in retortable pouches, canned mushroom & mushroom products, dried fruits & vegetables and fruit juice concentrates.


In $ million










2010-11 Year

Fruit & vegetable processing machinery Other food processing machinery Source: Ministry of Commerce & Industries

Figure 1: Market for food processing machinery in India


According to the Ministry of Commerce & Industries, the market for food processing machinery in India (2009-10) is approximately $ 1 billion, of which almost $ 93 million is imported. It is estimated that the market will reach $ 1.2 billion by 2010-11. Since the growth of the food processing industry is more than 20 per cent, the demand for machinery is growing at an average annual rate of 10-15 per cent since the last few years. The capacity most of the times depends upon the financial capability of entrepreneurs. While the present processing capacity is about 8-10 tonne per hour; future requirement may go upto 15-20 tonne/hour. The market size of the machinery for F&V processing (2009-10) is approximately $ 350 million, of which machinery worth approximately $ 10 million is imported; it is estimated that the market would reach approximately $ 400 million by 2010-11. Keeping in mind the consumer demands, the R&D in this sector is concentrating more on new and better technologies. Das observes, “New technologies being developed for fruit processing are in the area of valued-added products like diced mango or strawberry, pulp with dices, dessert preparation, etc. There is also focus on enhancing efficiency of the existing processing lines for pasteurisation, aseptic processing and concentration of pulp by use of energy-efficient heat exchanger designs and better process control. All these aim at ensuring better quality, and retaining aroma & nutritive value of the product.”

In’grain’ing technology “The Indian grain processing industry size is estimated to be 186 million tonne annually. As per the market sources, the estimated growth of this sector is 4-5 per cent per year,” says Mallikarjuna S, Senior Manager – Marketing & Business Development, Buhler India Pvt Ltd.

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Courtesy: Buhler

Processing of grain includes milling of wheat, rice and pulses. According to the MoFPI, there are 43,000 modernised rice mills and hullercum-shellers. Also, there are around 820 large flourmills in the country. In addition to that, there are 10,000 pulse mills milling about 75 per cent of pulse production in the country. One of the most basic and essential parts of grain processing is primary milling. However, this vital process adds little to shelf-life, wastage control and value-addition. Around 65 per cent of rice production is milled in modern rice mills. However, the sheller-cumhuller mills that are operational in this segment, offer low recovery. Wheat is processed for flour, refined wheat flour, semolina and grits. Besides the 820 large flourmills, there are over three lakh small units operating in this segment in the unorganised sector. Dal milling is the third-largest in the grain processing industry, and has about 11,000 mechanised mills in the organised segment. Oilseed processing is another major segment, an activity largely concentrated in the cottage industry. According to the MoFPI, there are approximately 2.5 lakh ghanis and kolus, which are animal-operated oil expellers, 50,000 mechanical


oil expellers, 15,500 oil mills, 725 solvent extraction plants, 300 oil refineries and over 175 hydrogenated vegetable oil plants. Indian basmati rice has gained international recognition, and is a premium export product. Branded grains as well as grain processing is now gaining popularity due to hygienic packaging. The grain processing segment is expected to witness incessant growth due to its significance of being part of traditional Indian staple diet. It, thus, offers huge opportunities to the food processing machinery sector to provide solutions for mechanising and also value-addition. Value-addition is one of the major areas where the food processing machinery technology is headed. As processed food continues to penetrate the market, fortification will play a major role in deciding the success of products. Also, retention of freshness is a focus area. “Increasingly, the food

that is available in the supermarkets is mainly processed food, as it suits the hectic lifestyle; is ready to consume and requires little preparation. The food processing industry processes fresh food utilising various technologies for the purpose of retaining freshness for long time, increased shelf-life and protection of food from bacterial infection. The techniques utilised include pasteurisation, cooling, autoclaving, drying, salting and separation of various components,” says Mallikarjuna.

Promising future The food habits of Indians are the primary thrust factor for the agro-food processing industry. Other natural and geographical features similarly promise a bright future. The agro-food processing machinery is, therefore, set on a growth path. “We are a country with vast agricultural land with good agriclimate zone and soil types. An efficient harvesting and post-harvest operation

would ensure quality produce with low spoilage and result in benefits for the producer and processor,” opines Das. Apart from providing better products, this industry has the potential to engage the rural population in employment opportunities. Many such initiatives have been undertaken by MNCs and Indian companies alike, to create jobs in the rural areas in the arena of primary and secondary processing. “The future for this industry appears bright. High domestic and export demand could provide significant growth opportunities for the sector. It is believed that this industry can do to the rural economy what the information technology sector has done for urban India. Our country, having an advantage of a strong agricultural base, should tap this potential favourably and become a preferred sourcing destination for food products globally,” concludes Mallikarjuna.

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German machinery manufacturers

Integrating innovation with sophistication 33% 5%





Germany Italy The US The Netherlands Switzerland Others

Source: VDMA (export statistics from 42 countries)

Figure 1: Marketshare of food processing and packaging machinery in 2009


he food and beverage industry is a robust economic sector worldwide, which is witnessing high investments. In 2009, the world trade in food processing and packaging machinery reached a volume of Euro 22.8 billion. With a marketshare of 26 per cent, Germany remained the leading supplier of these equipment followed by Italy with 22 per cent. The food processing and packaging machinery sector is one of the largest within the mechanical engineering industry in Germany. In 2009, the production of the German food processing and packaging machinery segment reached a volume of Euro 9.2 billion.

The Indian scenario The demand for packaged food and beverages is increasing globally – and even in India. Today, India is the tenth-largest economy in the world and the second-largest producer of food products worldwide. India’s strong agricultural base and accelerating economic growth hold a significant potential for the food processing industry that provides a strong link between agriculture and consumers. Government also has accorded a high priority to the sector and has offered many fiscal incentives. India, with an enormous population, is one of the largest consumer markets in the world. Food


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The demand for food processing and packaging machinery is surging in India, coinciding with the growth wave witnessed by the food and beverage sector. However, the supply of such machinery by the Indian industry is not equivalent to the demand and hence, there is huge scope for state-of-the-art German machinery in India.

consumption is expected to grow more than 50 per cent till 2014. Food and beverages, with a share of 36 per cent, constitutes the largest category in Indian consumer spending and is expected to remain so in the future too. With the growing demographics profile, rising middle-class and strong macro-economic environment, the Indian market has seen processed food emerge as the one of the fastest growing segments. Rapid lifestyle transformation, particularly in urban areas, increasing number of working women & single households as well as nuclear families have resulted in a dramatic increase in the demand for processed, packaged and ready-to-eat food products. India’s low level of processing is expected to change significantly in the future. It is expected that the Indian food processing industry will grow at an annual compound growth rate of 10 per cent during the next five years. With more than 50 per cent of the population below 25 years, there will be a shift in the Indian food and drinks industry, as the young population is one of the key drivers in the demand for processed and health foods. Manufacturers will continue to introduce products that increase convenience and reduce time required in preparation of meals. Products with additional ingredients, packed in convenient pack sizes will continue to gain popularity.


Need for sophisticatioin The increasing demand for processed food, the rising number of superand hyper-markets as well as the development of new products and growing hygienic requirements lead to a rising demand for state-of-the-art machinery. These developments within the end-user branches have an effect on the demand for food processing and packaging machinery that cannot be met exclusively out of India’s production. Despite a considerable increase in the supply of packaging machinery by India’s industry, there is a high demand for foreign machinery featuring the latest technology. The rising demand for packed food and beverages is reflected in the continuously rising import figures for packaging machinery. Between 2003 and 2009, India’s import of food processing packaging machinery more than tripled and reached a volume of Euro 352 million in 2009. With Euro 52.5 million worth

of supplies in 2009, Germany is one of the most important suppliers of food processing and packaging machinery. The demand for state-of-the-art food processing and packaging machinery ‘made in Germany’ is still high. Within the period from January till November 2010, the exports to India increased by 29 per cent in comparison with the same period last year and reached a volume of Euro 60 million.

Enhancing investing German companies not just supply their food processing and packaging machinery to India, but also invest in the country. Many companies boast of a long tradition in the country. They have recognised the considerable potential of India, and established their own production facilities to serve the local market as well as other South Asian markets. This has resulted in the creation of many job opportunities. Many of these companies are planning to make investments to expand production

capacities. In addition, many German food processing and packaging manufacturers have presence in the Indian market by way of joint ventures, sales offices or Indian sales agencies. The German manufacturers can offer innovative of food processing and packaging solutions for expanding food & beverage industry in India. Their advanced technology and the variety of their products, which are optimally tailored to the specific customer requirements, strengthen the economic performance of Indian manufacturers. This marks the scope for a fruitful collaboration between India and Germany to leverage on the advantages offered by both the nations. Courtesy: The German Federation (VDMA)


For details, contact Rajesh Nath (VDMA Liaison Office, Kolkata) on email:

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RTC foods

Breaking quality barriers The Ready-To-Eat (RTE) & ReadyTo-Cook (RTC) food products are steadily gaining acceptance and preference in India. However, looking at the potential the country offers, the growth of this segment is certainly not encouraging. The consumers are still apprehensive about the quality of such category of foods. This, coupled with insufficient infrastructure, stand as a major stumbling block for the progress of RTE/RTC sector. Courtesy: McCain Foods

Prasenjit Chakraborty


ith the changing lifestyle of the Indian middle class and the busy schedules of people, the demand for RTE/RTC foods is expected to go up steadily. Taking due cognisance of the fact, many players such as HUL, MTR Foods, Britannia, etc have entered the segment. However, everything is not smooth for the segment; a closer look says that the growth is limited to a few pockets of India.

Current market situation In the last few years, there has been a dramatic transformation in lifestyle among the consumers in the country, who have been moving from traditional spending on food & groceries to lifestyle and convenience food products, thus leading to the growth in consumption of RTE foods. This is evident from the rise in the number of RTE products being offered in the Indian market today. The RTE market thus holds huge potential for growth, given the rising consumer base.


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“Apart from convenience in cooking at home, quick service restaurants and hotels/restaurants have equally contributed to the growth of ‘convenience foods’. In fact, RTE/RTC products are not just ‘fall back’ options, but also ‘ready reckoners’ for today’s busy chefs where serving delectable snacks and meals continuously, assumes high priority even when time is a constraint,” points out K S Narayanan, Managing Director, McCain Foods India. Today, making a delicious meal does not always mean taking time to chop and dice every ingredient from scratch. Since pre-packaged food is shelf-stable, chefs can easily stock these products to save time planning, shopping or preparing dishes, making gourmet time more enjoyable. What is more, RTC & RTE foods serve as an excellent base for custom creations and innovative recipes. Further, the modern chef is often faced with the challenge of catering to different clientele on a day-to-day basis. While some may prefer custom creations, the regular clientele always prefers to have their meals done in a certain way. Consistency in taste and quality is the key to conquer the palate of the customers. “It is here


Getting logistics right Challenges in this direction are on two fronts – one ambient category and other

K S Narayanan Managing Director, McCain Foods India

RTE & RTC products are not just ‘fall back’ options, but also ‘ready reckoners’ for today’s busy chefs where serving delectable snacks and meals back to back assumes high priority even when time is a constraint.

chilled category. For RTE frozen products to flourish, it is imperative to have a sound infrastructure in place. However, RTE foods in ambient temperature need preservative for long shelf-life. “So, the challenge in RTC foods lies in having a good infrastructure in logistics and from retail point of view,” says Singh. Looking at the potential, various companies are taking steps to have cold chain facilities and addressing other logistical needs. “Several companies are investing in proper storage of such products. There is also a buffer of food stocks. One will never find that the prices of frozen peas are going up because they are procured and frozen throughout the year. Whereas one will find prices of tomatoes and onions going up. So, infrastructure and proper storage help in bringing down the prices,” points out Singh. Further, frozen food itself is a new category for Indian consumers; and they are slowly being familiar with it. “Our research has shown that consumers have certain misconceptions about frozen foods, particularly they are not aware of the benefits that freezing as a method of preservation offers. The fact that freezing is a natural method of food preservation without the usage of any preservatives or chemicals and that it locks freshness as well as maintains the nutritive value of food is not known to most consumers,” observes Narayanan. Echoing similar sentiments, Vikram Sabherwal, VicePresident, Marketing, MTR Foods, says that consumers’ perception that packaged foods are full of preservatives is a deterrent to the sector’s growth. “We are offering consumers authentic vegetarian food with no preservatives. Finally, the fact that housewives are not ready to completely outsource their cooking is the overriding factor in the slow development of the RTE category in India,” he points out. What is required at present is to spread awareness about the frozen food category and enhance consumers’ appreciation about the benefits of natural freshness and taste. Along with

Bhupinder Singh CEO, Vista Processed Foods Pvt Ltd

RTE and RTC sector has been growing at the rate of 15 to 30 per cent per annum. RTE/ RTC segment basically offers convenient food, which the market is looking for. And this reduces the cooking time of housewives and others. this, they must be able to access and experience quality frozen food products. “Affordability, variety and availability will be key strategies to grow the market, and this is the area we are focussing on currently,” says Narayanan.

A healthy option? RTE food cannot be totally termed as hasty alternative to nutritious food, categorically states Narayanan. Today, there are many categories of food that is available in RTE format, which delivers tremendous convenience to the users and are equally nutritious. By virtue of emerging superior technology and ingredients, RTE foods segment is able to offer nutritious products. Take the example of making mayonnaise in the kitchen, which requires usage of eggs and is a tedious process. However,


Growth rate: 20%

Growth rate: 15% 300

( In ` crore )

that RTC/RTE food items come to the rescue of chefs by offering consistent product quality every time with little effort,” observes Narayanan. Besides making sourcing the right kind of products and cooking a whole lot easier, RTC/RTE foods are the ideal means of portion control in meals. With RTC/RTE, chefs now inherently have the choice of utilising as much or as little as they desire and the rest can be saved up for the next meal. Thus, there is little or no wastage as compared to fresh foods, thereby cutting down on unnecessary kitchen expenditure. Moreover, in large or unexpected banquet parties, convenience food products reduce preparation time and ensure ease of use. “Convenience food products reduce overall food costs, as many of these actually deliver better value for money than scratch-made products, when the total costs like those incurred on materials, labour, energy, etc are factored in,” points out Narayanan. According to Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Vista Processed Foods Pvt Ltd, RTE/RTC sector has been growing at the rate of 15-30 per cent per annum. “RTE/RTC segment basically offers convenient food, which the market is looking for. And this reduces the cooking time of housewives and others,” he adds.





RTC Source: Britannia Industries

Figure 1: Market for RTE & RTC

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Vikram Sabherwal Vice-President, Marketing, MTR Foods

The fact that freezing is a natural method of food preservation without the use of any preservatives or chemicals and that it locks freshness as well as maintains the nutritive value of food is not known to most consumers. now eggless mayonnaise is available to the vast vegetarian audience, which is also shelf-stable. What makes a difference here is the adoption of right technologies and safety standards. “The safety standards that the processors have to follow is that the products should be HACCP-certified, and follow clearly laid-out guidelines on processing and packaging,” exhorts Narayanan. It is equally important to get all incoming ingredients tested in a certified laboratory, and follow meticulously laid-out specifications, both microbiological and sensory specifications, among others. Singh strongly believes that frozen food category has high nutritive value, while no preservative is used. However, for frozen food, it should be ensured that the technology of freezing should be appropriate. “Unfortunately, India does not possess the technology to preserve food in a better way,” laments Singh.

Organised retail infusing growth Organised retail has provided the much-needed momentum by providing opportunity to manufacturers to display innovative food products. At the same time, modern retail is helping customers avail of new products. In local grocery stores, products are sold depending on the space available. Often, their


storage pattern is not up to mark; hence chances of cross-contamination are high. However, in organised retail, products are segregated and effectively displayed to customers. This boosts customers’ confidence level and accordingly they choose the product. “This way modern retail is helping RTE/RTC categories of food to grow. A good number of products are displayed on the retail shelf, which facilitates frequent interactions between retailers and food processors. The interactions between retailers and manufacturers are helping the RTE & RTC segment to expand and reach the next level,” opines Singh. Interestingly, in RTE/RTC categories, growth has always been for international brands. The reason is purely because of technology. Indian ethnic foods also have tremendous scope to grow; however, the efforts to develop technology for the same are inadequate. “This category (Indian ethnic) is not growing because people are not replicating technology in this kind of food. If one wants to consume chicken or fish curry, one

Courtesy: MTR Foods

would not find the product in retail, because internationally these products are not known. And nobody in India has ever tried these products,” points out Singh. Surprisingly, chicken tikka, which is an Indian food, is available in retail market in the UK. “We are lagging behind in technology development. We need to be innovative in bringing the ethnic food for mass production,” asserts Singh.

RTC foods address common kitchen mistakes R Overstocking: Fruits and vegetables start losing precious vitamins and

minerals after a period R Not

washing vegetables: It may seem unimportant to wash vegetables before cooking, as the food anyways cooks at high temperature. But it is vital that the produce is washed before cutting/cooking. Bacteria can be transferred from the skin to the core when one slices through the outer skin

R Overpeeling fruits and vegetables: The skin of fruits and vegetables

contains several antioxidants and fibre. Peeling most of it away reduces the nutrient value R Over-salted food: This happens to almost everyone who enters the

kitchen. It is a common judgement error to add excess salt to food and ultimately spoil the taste of food R Overboiling food: While boiling the food is a good practice to reduce

the cooking time and to make sure it is germ-free, overboiling leads to an evaporation of valuable nutrients like potassium, Vitamin B and Vitamin C R Over-spiced food: After over-salting of food, this is one of the most

common mistakes R Not

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measuring the ingredients: One of the major reasons of cooking failures is due to the fact that people misjudge while measuring the ingredients Source: Life Mojo


However, this scenario is changing; Vista Processed Food is a case in point. The company has taken a revolutionary step when it comes to potato vada . It has employed the right kind of technology & raw materials, and successfully made vada as RTC (frozen category) food. What more, its shelf-life is one year. “We made it economically better by planning good raw materials right from potato to spices and supplying the product to vada pao vendors of Mumbai, Nashik, Bengaluru, Pune and other places,” says an elated Singh. The company started manufacturing this product two years ago when its supply was only 2 tonne per month, which has now reached almost 70 tonne per month. Plans are also afoot to export the product to countries like the US, England and Australia. It has also successfully introduced sabudana vada in the domestic market. Today, the market has seen the advent of some ethnic products, which augurs well for the industry. Similarly, McCain is also continuously working with its customers/consumers and keeping track of evolving trends based on the requirements. “We attempt to develop products and solutions for addressing specific needs. Our marketing, sales and R&D teams are continuously engaged in trials of new products in the market. At McCain, we actively participate and engage in industry-specific seminars and forums,”

Atul Sinha Vice-President, New Business Development, Britannia Industries Pvt Ltd

We saw a need for healthy and tasty breakfast that could be made quickly. This understanding inspired our product development effort, and resulted in the creation of a wide range of breakfast options that are incidentally RTC.

says Narayanan. Besides, McCain is also actively engaged in organising largescale sampling and consumer contact programmes to educate consumers and break barriers towards adoption of frozen foods.

On the right track Despite repeated efforts by manufacturers, the penetration level of RTC foods is low as of now. “We are planning to make such food popular to consumers, with focus on quality and hygienic aspects of food. Changing social trend in India is having a major impact on Indian consumers’ food habits. Keeping this in mind, we are conducting a plethora of activities in various malls and public places; it is more like a show and tell them how easy it is to prepare RTC products,” says Sabherwal. Interestingly, Britannia does not see such categories of food as RTC or RTE. It rather sees a more basic consumer need. “We saw a need for healthy and tasty breakfast that could be made quickly. This understanding inspired our product development effort, and resulted in the creation of a wide range of breakfast options that are incidentally RTC. If we had seen the market as only RTC, perhaps we would have offered more of what is there in the market rather than a unique range like Britannia Healthy Start,” asserts Atul Sinha, Vice-President, New Business Development, Britannia Industries Pvt Ltd.

Issues to be addressed Besides infrastructural support, the segment needs supportive policy matters. For example, industry players want exemption on all perishable goods from excise duty and other levies to continue. Also, VAT on all processed foods should be uniformly levied at 4 per cent. In some states, VAT currently ranges from 5-15 per cent. In order to accelerate the growth of the food processing industry and the frozen food segment, cold chain infrastructure should be strengthened. “This can be done by offering support

Courtesy: Britannia Industries

to develop a modern cold chain infrastructure (cold rooms and reefer trucks) through tax exemptions and reducing duties on imported cold chain equipment,” suggests Narayanan. It is also important that the Ministry of Food Processing Industries should provide assistance to companies that are undertaking research & development projects that will aid the whole industry in a generic manner. This will help more money being spent on R&D, which is the need of the sector. Since packaging plays an important role in RTE/RTC food, tax exemption on packaging materials will provide a momentum to the sector. “The processed food industry attracts considerable tax on packaging material. Even though the overall finished product is exempt from taxes, the duty on packaging material has a domino effect, with the duty being passed onto consumers,” says Narayanan. It is the consumer who ends up paying for the overall cost of the product. Companies should be exempted from taxes when it comes to packaging material. Once these issues are addressed and companies keep deciphering information about the benefits of RTE and RTC to consumers, the segment will go a long way in penetrating more markets.

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Self-sufficient suppliers

The growth partners The capability of the supply chain or suppliers is a crucial factor when it comes to making or breaking a company’s growth prospects. Hence, to improve the supply chain health of a company, it is important to ensure a self-sufficient supplier base.

Abhijit Upadhye


he food service retailer, Foodie’s, is a leader in the informal eating-out category. In order to offer exciting food items to its consumers on a continuous basis and give a boost to sales & profitability, Foodie’s launches a couple of new products every year. Given the close involvement of suppliers in the company’s value chain, suppliers have been an integral part of the new product development process. Rewarding performing suppliers with more business is one of the


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core supply chain management philosophies followed by Foodie’s. In 2010, the company had two such successful product launches. The credit for this success was attributed to the company’s strong supply chain. However, Ashok Kumar, Head of the Supply Chain, had experienced several problems due to some incidents that took place during these product launches. Two incidents need to be mentioned here that highlight the significance of healthy supply chain, which are as follows: Incident 1: For one of the launches, one particular existing supplier was entrusted with the task of developing the new product. The

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R&D team at Foodie’s worked closely with this supplier in finalising the specifications and planning for the launch. The supplier, supposedly a ‘subject matter expert’ in that area, was struggling during the entire development process. Wherever the supplier lacked expertise or did not take initiative, Foodie’s’ team chipped in. For investment required in enhancing the existing line, the supplier required financial assistance. The supplier’s team was over-dependent on Foodie’s and required directions & inputs on the smallest of things. In spite of working on the product for more than six months, several supply and quality issues were encountered during the launch. While the product was successful, Foodie’s’ team was under intense pressure before and during the launch. This was not the first time Kumar had such an experience with this supplier. Incident 2: For launch of another product, a different supplier was involved. Post the briefing session by Foodie’s R&D team, the supplier’s team started immediately working on the development of the product. The Managing Director of the supplier firm was leading from the forefront and his entire team was extremely proactive. Given the supplier’s financial health, all investment decisions were driven by the supplier. While the product was quite complex, the supplier used all his internal and external resources to ensure that all technical aspects were cleared and lot of best practices were incorporated into the process. Foodie’s R&D and supply chain team were regularly updated on the progress. The supplier also took the initiative on helping other suppliers involved in the launch. They conducted training programmes for Foodie’s’ restaurant staff, thereby ensuring 100 per cent execution during launch. This product was also successful; but Kumar’s team had no pressure before, during or after the launch. This was again not the first time that Kumar had such an experience with the supplier.

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Organisation’s capability Type I: Financially weak supplier

Type IV: Self sufficient supplier

Type III: Concern area

Type II: Technically inferior supplier


Financial capability R Overall profitability R Customer-wise / line-wise profitability R Ability to drive investment decisions R Financial ratios Organisation’s capability R Top management values & vision R Technical strength (QA, production, SC etc) R System player attitude R Industry networking R Innovation and R&D


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Figure 1: Self-sufficiency matrix for suppliers

Like Kumar, several supply chain and R&D managers encounter similar type of experiences in their companies. Almost everyone would like to work with the second supplier, but the core difference between the two suppliers mentioned above is not always understood.

If a company is blessed with only selfsufficient suppliers, there is no need to de-risk the supply chain by having multiple partners. The answer is ‘self-sufficiency’, which refers to the state where no outside aid, support or interaction is required for survival; it is therefore a type of personal or collective autonomy. In the incidents mentioned earlier, the second supplier was self-sufficient, while the other supplier was over-dependent on someone else for survival.

Measuring self-sufficiency from a supply chain perspective The self-sufficiency matrix shown in Figure 1 provides a simple framework for measuring suppliers on the self-sufficiency scale.

The 2 x 2 self-sufficiency matrix rates suppliers on the following two parameters: R Organisation’s capability: Top management values, supplier’s vision, technical capabilities across various functions (sourcing, production, quality assurance) are some of the factors, which help determine the organisation’s capability. Moreover, it is also important to evaluate innovation and R&D capabilities, networking, benchmarking, and most importantly, whether the supplier has a system-player attitude. System-player attitude involves the ability of the supplier to assume leadership and help other suppliers improve their capabilities R Financial capability: This parameter helps in measuring the financial health and financial discipline of a supplier. A profitable supplier proves to be a much stronger partner in the long run. While the 2 x 2 self-sufficiency matrix is self–explanatory, here are some of the recommended approaches for suppliers belonging to different quadrants: Type I supplier is financially weak but with strong organisational capabilities: This set of suppliers has the right management

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capabilities, right set of people, but lack the financial depth to support initiatives in the long run. As a supply chain manager, it is important to understand the reasons behind the financial weakness. Since the supplier has the right people on board and has a sound management framework in place, the ideal decision would be to help improve the financial condition of the supplier. However, if a bad financial situation has arisen because of certain reckless decisions that have been continuing for a long period with no immediate hope of recovery, it will be prudent to change or cancel the deal with the supplier. Type II is technically weak but with strong financial backing: This characteristic is displayed by suppliers who have got into a business because of their financial muscle, but have not done enough to develop their organisation’s capabilities. Without a capable leader or management team,

it is generally difficult to improve the capability of an organisation. While these suppliers provide a fantastic cushion in the short run (as they do not pester their customers with price rise requests), the ideal strategy is to weed out such suppliers in the long run. Type III is incompetent supplier: These suppliers neither have the financial muscle nor have good organisation capabilities. As a supply chain manager, one’s job would be to remove these suppliers with utmost priority. Type IV is self-sufficient supplier: They are the real assets and have everything right about them. They are the ones who need special attention and have to be nurtured & grown. If a company is blessed with only self-sufficient suppliers, there is no need to de-risk the supply chain by having multiple partners (for same category).

Taking the right approach The self-sufficiency matrix rating is not a one-time activity. It needs to be done once every year, similar to performance appraisals. Once a self-sufficiency rating is done, an action plan to move Type I, II and III suppliers to the right quadrant needs to be developed. The approach recommended to deal with different types of suppliers should not be immediately exercised. The above recommendations are for suppliers that display a consistent pattern. Abhijit Upadhye is the Director of Supply Chain, Menu Management & New Business Channels at McDonald’s India and has an extensive experience of over 14 years. He has done his management studies (in marketing) from NMIMS, Mumbai and BE in Mechanical Engineering from VJTI, Mumbai. Email:

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Machine vision system

Ten things to know before buying Finding the right vision system can be cumbersome, with the wide range of systems available today. Simply finding a system that can perform the necessary vision tasks is not enough. The factors such as variations in lighting conditions, networking & communications capabilities, accessories and product support options as well as ongoing postdeployment support must be considered to ensure successful deployment. Courtesy: Cognex

Didier Lacroix


n the present world, companies are required to optimise their productivity without compromising product quality – while still keeping to their tight budgets. Here is where machine vision systems play an important role – to ensure quality management, and at the same time, help save costs. By detecting process errors and defects early in products and their packaging, machine vision enables to minimise waste and reduce the cost of recalls, as well as the trouble of having to scrap defective products. In order to enable to choose the right vision system, here is a guide providing answers to ten critical questions for evaluating specific product features.

1. Does the vision system make it easy to set up applications, create custom operator interfaces and administer vision system networks? Vision applications mostly do not require elaborate runtime interfaces, but operators typically need to interact with the vision system during part changeovers to alter tolerance


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parameters and determine the cause of part failures. The vision system should enable easy configuration of these and other facets of an application without coding in visual basic or a proprietary script-based language. Network management tools should be incorporated in the software to simplify remote administration of multiple systems including tasks such as back-up, image playback, firmware upgrades and contextsensitive help documentation. If maximum ease of use and affordability are priorities, one should ask vision system providers to offer a ‘plug-and-go’ solution. This enables even novice users to set up, deploy and monitor vision applications using a simple touch-screen operator display panel, without a PC.

2. What is the importance of part location tools and how to assess their performance? Part location software tools find the part within the camera’s field of view. Typically, the first step in any vision application, from the simplest robot pick-and-place operation to the most complex assembly verification task, it is also the most critical step,


as it often determines the success or failure of an application. Vision systems are trained to recognise parts based on a ‘model’ image, but even the most tightly controlled manufacturing processes allow some variability in the way a part appears to the vision system. Therefore, the vision system’s part location tools must be intelligent enough to quickly compare model images to the actual objects moving down a production line, regardless of which side of the part faces the camera, its distance from the camera, shadows, reflections, line speed, and normal variations in appearance.

3. Does the vision system have a complete set of image pre-processing tools? Image pre-processing tools alter the raw image to emphasise desired features while minimising undesirable features. This prepares the image for optimal performance by more powerful vision tools and can significantly improve the accuracy & robustness of the overall system. Pre-processing tools also increase the contrast between the part and its background, mask insignificant and potentially confusing image features, eliminate ‘hot spots’ reflecting offthe-part surface, and smooth rough surface textures. A complete set of image preprocessing tools should be included with the chosen vision system.

4. What should be considered for in-character reading and verification capabilities? Whether one is reading stamped alphanumeric codes on automotive parts or verifying date and lot code information on bottles or packages, there are several capabilities to look for when evaluating character reading and verification tools such as statistical font training, image pre-processing tools, and instant image recall.

Statistical font training: It builds a font by learning models of characters that appear in a series of images. The images should include multiple instances of each character and span the full range of quality likely to occur in production. The resulting font will be highly tolerant of normal variations in print quality, whether due to poor contrast, variable locations, degradations, or variations in stroke widths. Unless it is known that every code will be marked with the same quality in the reference images used to learn the character models, statistical font training can be crucial for the success of character reading or verification application. Image pre-processing tools: These optimise a trained model by sharpening the edge contrast of characters and filtering out extraneous background in the image. Optimised models maximise the reliability and repeatability of the vision system. Instant image recall: This enables line operators and technicians to quickly and easily view failed images on a display. Whether the failure is caused by a camera jarred out of position or a damaged label, it is important to immediately know the cause of failure for taking corrective action.

5. How can the repeatability of a vision system’s gauging tools be determined? For applications critical dimensional measurements, the vision system’s gauging tools must be accurate

and perform with a high degree of repeatability. The vision system should have a full suite of gauging tools to choose from to fit the requirements of given measurement application without having to write custom scripts or functions.

6. How to evaluate industrial code reading tools and what are some specific features to look for? Industrial environments demand a vision system that can read 2D Data Matrix codes that are degraded, poorly marked, or vary in position from part to part. The vision system should perform well, regardless of the part material (such as metal, glass, ceramic or plastic) and the type of part marking method employed (such as dot peen, etching, hot stamping and inkjet). Beyond these criteria, there are specific code reading features worth enquiring about such as code quality verification and reading speed. Code quality verification: Here one needs to look for products that can verify code quality to established standards. This informs about how well the marking process is working. Reading speed: Depending on the production line speed and throughput requirements, one may need a high-speed reader. The fastest vision systems available today can read more than 7,200 codes per minute.


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7. What networking and communications features are essential? Networking is essential to many vision applications as a means to share data, support decision-making, and enable highly-efficient integrated processes. For example, networking enables vision systems to transmit pass/fail results to PCs for analysis, or communicate directly with PLCs, robots and other factory automation devices in an integrated process control system. A system that supports the complete set of standard networking protocols should be chosen for vision systems and need to be linked to PCs at the enterprise level. R TCP/Internet Protocol (IP) client/ server enables vision systems to easily share results data with other vision systems and control devices over Ethernet without code development R Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) enables to immediately receive an e-mail on a PC or cell phone when a problem occurs on the production line R File Transfer Protocol (FTP) allows inspection images to be stored on the network for later analysis R Telnet is an Internet standard protocol that enables remote login and connection from host devices R Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) allows a vision system to automatically receive its network IP address from a server, enabling true plug-and-play performance R Domain Name Service (DNS) allows assigning each vision system a meaningful name, such as ‘Bottling Line System 1’, instead of having to use a numeric IP address. To integrate a vision system with the PLCs, robots and other automation devices in the plant, the system chosen must also support the following: R Industrial Ethernet protocols such as Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, MC Protocol and Modbus TCP: These


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enable vision systems to be linked to the most popular PLCs and other devices over a single Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for complex wiring schemes and costly network gateways R Fieldbus networks, including CCLink, DeviceNet, and PROFIBUS: A protocol gateway accessory is usually needed to add a vision system to a Fieldbus network R RS-232 & RS-495 serial protocols: These are needed to communicate with most robot controllers

While buying a vision system, it is important to know beforehand the full range of support services available. Finally, as more vision systems are used throughout the manufacturing process, the need for a centralised way of managing them becomes increasingly important. It should be made sure that the chosen vision system comes with software that allows easy control and monitoring of the operation of all vision systems, remotely over the network from any location, on or off the plant floor.

8. What is the significance of vision system accessories? Often, much attention is given to evaluating the vision system that accessory products are almost an

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afterthought. But the choice of accessories can go a long way towards ensuring trouble-free system integration and in the case of lighting, can even make or break the application. For quick and painless integration of the vision system, it is wise to buy from a vendor that offers a complete family of compatible accessories. This gives the assurance of knowing that every accessory has been tested and confirmed to be compatible with the vision system. Accessories to look for include: Lights: No two production areas have the same ambient light conditions, and parts can exhibit a wide range of surface characteristics. Nearly every machine vision solution requires a unique lighting approach to meet its objectives and optimise performance. Vision system vendors should offer a variety of lighting options, including ring lights, which provide soft, even illumination from all directions; back lights that create maximum contrast between a part and its background; and dark field lights that provide lowangle illumination for imaging of part surface irregularities. Communications modules: It needs to be ensured that the chosen vendor offers communications peripherals such as I/O modules and network gateway modules that support quick and easy connectivity between the vision system and PLCs, robots and other factory automation devices and networks.


Operator interface panels: A networked operator interface panel allows easy plug-and-go set-up and deployment, plus ongoing monitoring and control of vision systems without a PC. When selecting an operator interface panel, it should be one with an intuitive, touch-screen interface. Camera enclosures: Some vision systems are assembled into rugged, IP and NEMA-rated metal cases to withstand dust and moisture without requiring a separate enclosure accessory. However, if the environment at a plant is especially harsh or requires frequent wash down of equipment, one can ask the prospective supplier to offer external enclosures prequalified for use with the system.

9. Does the vision system require a PC? While some vision applications are complex and require more robust capabilities, many of them may be addressed with an affordable, standalone solution. For those applications, vendors should offer a standalone vision system that does not require a PC – during configuration or in production mode. The system should offer true plug-and-go performance that enables quick configuration of the application, from start to finish, right out of the box. Also, the vision system should not require a PC to be rolled onto the factory floor every time changes to the application need to be made. Finally, a good standalone vision system should enable hooking up a monitor for live image display without a PC.

10. Does the vision system supplier provide the support and learning services required? Even the highest performance vision system is only as good as the suppliers who stand behind it. Whether one buys a vision system from a distributor, a systems integrator, or direct from the manufacturer, it is important to know beforehand the full range of support services available. It is important that the chosen vision supplier understands one’s unique support requirements and provides all the resources needed during every phase of the project, from application development and systems integration, to deployment and beyond. One more thing to note is that the best suppliers do not merely try to sell a product – they take the time to carefully understand and evaluate all of the requirements before proposing a solution. Didier Lacroix is the Senior Vice President International Sales & Services at Cognex Inc. For details, contact on email:

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Nurturing a nutritious proposition Cultivation of milky mushroom in special shed Courtesy: Vinzi Sperri Company

Milky mushroom fruit body

The market for mushroom continues to grow due to its culinary, nutritional and health benefits. Mushroom is a good source of proteins, vitamins and minerals. It has high nutritional value, which is almost equivalent to meat, egg and milk, and is considered to be a lowcalorie and cholesterol-free food.

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Dr P Sathiya Moorthi and Dr P L Gopinath


lobally, mushroom cultivation and utilisation are witnessing substantial growth. There is a huge demand for edible mushroom in India too, owing to its taste and nutrient content, especially proteins. Currently, due to the population explosion and existing conditions in the country, all possible sources of protein products will have to be sought to fight hunger and malnutrition. Edible mushrooms can help resolve these issues because of its high protein and vitamin content. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus and potassium are present in fair quantity along with copper and iron content. Mushrooms are a good source of Vitamin A; Vitamin B like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid; alpha – tocopherol; and ascorbic acid. Mushroom production can also play a significant role in managing farm organic wastes when agricultural and food processing by-products are used as growing media for edible fungi.


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It is estimated that there are around 1,40,000 mushroom species on earth, which includes a huge percentage of mushrooms that are yet unexamined and could be of possible advantage & utility to mankind.

Pharmacological potential of mushroom Edible mushrooms contain antibacterial and antifungal compounds, which can benefit human beings. Antiviral effects (immunostimulating activity) are seen not only in whole extracts of mushrooms but also in isolated compounds. Some polysaccharides or polysaccharide-protein complexes from mushrooms are able to arouse the non-specific immune system and exert antitumor activity through the stimulation of the host’s defence mechanism.

Worldwide production Mushroom farming is being practised in more than 100 countries and its production is increasing at an annual rate of 6-7 per cent. It has been estimated that the demand and


production of mushrooms worldwide will sustain the growth rate and it may reach 25 million tonne by 2020 and 30 million tonne by 2025. Presently, three geographical regions contribute to about 96 per cent of world’s total mushroom production – Europe, the US and East Asia. A major reason for the concentrated mushroom production in the US and European countries is that six countries, comprising the G-6, belonging to these regions, consume about 85 per cent of the world production: the US (30 per cent), Germany (17 per cent), UK (11 per cent), France (11 per cent), Italy (10 per cent) and Canada (6 per cent). The balance (15 per cent) is consumed by rest of the world. Mushroom cultivation has great scope in China, India and many other developing countries because of easy availability, low cost of raw materials required for this activity, coupled with efficient means of marketing and better purchasing power of the people.

Production in India While mushroom production in the country started in the 70s, it has shown phenomenal growth in recent times. With the development of technologies for environmental controls and increased understanding of the cropping systems, mushroom production increased enormously. The concentrated areas of production in India are the temperate regions for the button mushroom; tropical and sub-tropical regions for

oyster, milky, paddy straw and other tropical mushrooms. The country exports mushroom to the US, Europe and other countries regularly. In fact, it has emerged as the second-largest exporter of canned mushrooms to the US replacing Taiwan. Post-harvest processes need to be performed carefully to ensure quality and shelf-life of mushrooms.



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The US Germany The UK France Italy Canada Rest of the world Source: Vinzi Sperri Company

Figure 1: Major markets for mushrooms

Post-harvest technologies Various drying methods are employed for meeting the quality standards of mushrooms. Some of these are: Freeze drying: The most superior method is the freeze drying system, in which water is evaporated by sublimation from ice phase to vapour at low temperature resulting in dried product that is close to fresh product and quick in rehydration. The main limitation of this system is its high energy cost. Therefore, it can be used for high value products like mushrooms only. Vacuum drying: In this, heatsensitive products are dried under vacuum at low temperature. The product is superior to air drying and sun drying. This method is widely practised due to its consistent product quality and economics. Microwave drying: This is the latest system emerging in dehydration, as the product quality is superior and quite similar to freeze drying. The cost of microwave drying is lower than that of freeze drying.

Milky mushroom (Calocybe indica) Courtesy: Vinzi Sperri Company

Hot air drying: This system involves simple hot air circulation over the product. Evaporation is through controlled temperature heating so that water is gently evaporated as it reaches the surface by osmosis. Sun drying: This is the traditional drying system using solar energy. This takes the longest time, and the risk of product deterioration during drying is high. Sanitary methods have been developed and in some cases, solar heat is utilised by using solar cells/mild steel (MS) plates, and air is circulated in closed chambers by using fan. Improvements in this system will further reduce energy cost.

Quality checks Quality and shelf-life of mushrooms reduce significantly by water wash. Bacterial sunken lesions and colour changes are common mushroom spoilages. These problems can be managed through the treatment of mushrooms with hydrogen peroxide. Use of 3-5 per cent hydrogen peroxide dip followed by the browning inhibitor treatment, as a two-stage wash, can control bacterial spoilage and enzymatic browning of mushrooms for about one week at 4°C. Treatments with citric acid and hydrogen peroxide individually are also effective for extending mushroom shelf-life. Sodium metabisulphite: Compounds to substitute sodium metabisulphite are being developed, as they are extensively used in the mushroom industry as a preservative and whitening agent. Due to allergic

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responses to sulphite in those suffering from asthma, the industry is keen to replace it. Antioxidant treatments: Several antioxidants are studied for improving the shelf-life of mushrooms. They inhibit the oxidation reaction involved in enzymatic browning. In the past, synthetic antioxidants have been used in some foods to retard lipid oxidation. Natural antioxidants are now widely investigated and used to inhibit lipid oxidation and improve the shelf-life of mushrooms. Nisin: It is a natural food preservative (a bacteriocin), which is effective against gram-positive bacteria. However, the common spoilage bacteria found on mushrooms (pseudomonads) are gram negative. It is recommended that for nisin to have an antimicrobial effect on gram-negative bacteria, the bacterial wall must first be damaged by a substance such as Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) – a food additive sequestrant.

Packaging technologies The novel packaging treatments have been investigated, since modified atmosphere packaging and usage of absorbent inserts were found ineffective for mushrooms, as they have a high respiration rate.

Value addition In the recent years, value-added products have been developed from

Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citriopileatus) Courtesy: Vinzi Sperri Company


mushrooms. Some of these are as follows: Mushroom biscuit and candy: Mushroom powder (both button and oyster) and various ingredients such as maida, sugar, oil, ammonium bicarbonate, vanilla, milk powder, etc are used for making biscuits from mushrooms. Mushroom candies are also available. The total sugar content of the impregnated product is kept at about 75 per cent to prevent fermentation. Pickling: Mushrooms for pickling are either blanched or fried in oil till brown depending upon taste; various condiments as per local preferences and practices are also ground or fried in oil separately and added to the mushroom. Vinegar may be added for taste and longer storage and the contents in the bottle or the container are topped up with oil.

marketing of mushrooms & mushroombased products. Moreover, apart from being a nutritious food they also show potential for use in waste management, for instance, agro-industrial lignocellulose waste could be managed, so that economical gain may be obtained along with protection of the environment.

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Mushrooms have a huge utility potential and could be used as nutraceutical or food supplements in a standardised quality.


Mushroom soup powder: Dried button mushroom slices or whole oyster mushrooms are finely ground in a pulveriser to pass through 0.5 mm sieve. Mushroom soup powder is prepared by mixing this powder with milk powder, corn flour and other ingredients. Other usages: Dried mushroom powder can also be utilised for preparing weaning food. Fast food products containing mushrooms such as burger, ketchup, chips, etc and ready-to-serve curry are witnessing high demand.


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Dr P L Gopinath is the Research Scholar in the Department of Industrial Technology, Dr M G R Educational and Research Institute University. Email:

Mushrooms have a huge utility potential and could be used as nutraceutical or food supplements in a standardised quality. Utmost attention must be given to the post-harvest care, processing and

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Dr P Sathiya Moorthi is the Technical Director of Vinzi Sperri Company. He has completed his Doctorate in Industrial Biotechnology from Dr M G R Educational and Research Institute University, Chennai. Email:


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VIV India 2012 International trade fair for intensive animal production and processing; February 22-24, 2012; Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) For details contact: VNU Exhibitions Europe Jaarbeursplein 6 NL- 3521 AL Utrecht The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)30 - 295 2700 Fax: +31 (0)30 - 295 2701 Email:


International China Drinktec 2011 Exhibition on beverage, brewery and wine technology; March 09-11, 2011; at China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, China

coffee and patisserie equipment & accessories; May 05-08, 2011; at Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey

For details contact: Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd 321 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong Tel: +852 2811 8897, Fax: +852 2516 5024 Email:

For details contact: Hannover - Messe International Istanbul Büyükdere Caddesi C.E.M. Ýþ Merkezi No: 23 Kat: 3 Þiþli – Ýstanbul Turkey Tel: +90 (212) 334 69 48 Fax: +90 (212) 334 69 34 / 230 04 80 Email:

Seafood Processing America 2011

Interpack 2011

Trade show for seafood and food processing industry; March 20-22, 2011; at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the US For details contact: Diversified Business Communications 121 Free Street Portland, Maine 04112-7437, USA Tel: +1 (207) 842-5500 Fax: +1 (207) 842-5503 Email:

Interfood Sweden 2011 A food industry exhibition & congress; April 14-16, 2011; at Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre For details contact: Svenska Mässan Box 5222, 40224 Gothenburg, Sweden Tel: +46 31 708 80 00 Fax: +46 31 16 03 30 Email:

Oil China 2011 An international exhibition of olive oil and edible oil; April 18-20, 2011; at Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, China For details contact: Beijing Regalland Convention & Exhibition Co Ltd Room No 438 Jin Ou Building Chaoyang District Beijing 100029, China Tel: +86 10-64416542 Fax: +86 10-64412631 Email:

IBEXPO 2011 Exhibition showcasing latest from bakery, additives, ice cream, chocolate,

FI ASIA-CHINA 2011 An international food ingredients exhibition; June 21-23, 2011; at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China For details contact: CMP Information P O Box 200, 3600 AE Maarssen The Netherlands Tel: +31 346 559444 Fax: +31 346 573811


An exhibition for processing and packaging technology offering innovative solutions to meet the challenges of the markets; May 12-18, 2011; at Duesseldorf, Germany For details contact: Rajesh Nath VDMA Liaison Office GC 34, Sector III, Salt Lake Kolkata 700 106 Tel: 033-2321 9522/7391 Fax: 033-2321 7073 Email:

IFIA Japan 2011 Exhibition and conference for food ingredients and additives sector; May 18-20, 2011; at Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Japan

A trade fair showcasing latest trend and technology in food manufacturing; July 10-13, 2011; at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia For details contact: Dmg World Media (UK) Ltd Westgate House 120/130 Station Road Redhill, Surrey RH1 1ET The UK Tel: +44 (0)1737 855000 Fax: +44 (0)1737 855475 Email: Email:

DISF 2011 The Dubai International Seafood Expo (DISF) 2011; September 27-29, 2011; at Jumeirah International, Dubai

For details contact: E J Krause & Associates Inc 6550 Rock Spring Drive Suite 500 Bethesda, MD 20817, The US Tel: +1 (301) 493-5500, Fax: +1 (301) 493-5705 Email:

For details contact: Orange Fairs & Events P O Box 111164, Dubai UAE Tel: +971 4 2988144 Fax: +971 4 2987886 Email:


ANUGA 2011

A trade show for food processing and packaging technology; June 15-18, 2011; at BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand

One of the leading exhibitions for processed foods and technology; October 08-12, 2011; at Exhibition Centre Cologne, Germany

For details contact: Bangkok Exhibition Services Ltd 62 Rama VI Soi 30 Rama VI Road, Samsennai Phiyathai, Bangkok 10400 Thailand Tel: +66 (02) 617 1475 Fax: +66 (02) 617 1406 Email:

For details contact: Koelnmesse GmbH Messeplatz 1 50679 Köln Germany Tel: +49 221 821-0 Fax: +49 221 821-2574 Email:

The information published in this section is as per the details furnished by the respective organiser. In any case, it does not represent the views of Modern Food Processing

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Technology Offered As part of our endeavour to spread the technology culture, this section provides a means to promote and facilitate exchange of select technologies. We strive to bring together suppliers of such technologies with suitable users for negotiations and industrial collaboration.

Beverage maker An Indian firm is offering ‘threein-one’ beverage maker, which is a portable kit that allows the user to simultaneously make three functional beverages as per requirement. Using this, the consumer can set up three different types of fermentation simultaneously at one particular temperature. Areas of application Beverage industry Forms of transfer Technology licensing

Chocolate manufacturing technology An India firm provides chocolate manufacturing and snack extrusion technology with machinery. The firm supplies chocolate machines like chocolate conches, chocolate enrobers with cooling tunnel, one shot chocolate moulding machines, chocolate storage tanks, etc. The machines are manufactured using European technology. Areas of application Chocolate manufacturing Forms of transfer Consultancy, technical services and equipment supply

Food-paste moulding machine A Thailand-based firm offers a food-paste moulding machine

that produces cylindrical-shaped food paste with both ends sealed. This machine enables faster production of food-paste with consistent size and hygiene, which increase business potential in bigger markets both locally and abroad. Areas of application It is useful in food processing industries where the food products of cylindrical shape are required Forms of transfer Technology licensing

Food processing technology An Indian company provides technology for processing fruits & vegetables, biscuits, margarine, pickles, masalas, ready-to-eat foods, etc. Areas of application Aseptic processing, can processing, bottle processing, laminated pouch packing, tetra brick Forms of transfer Consultancy, turnkey

Natural extracts An Indian company provides assistance for manufacturing oleoresins / natural colour extracts using SCFE technology ensuring minimal material loss, less pollution improved yield and better quality of product. Areas of application It is useful in areas related and

making use of food colours and natural dyes Forms of transfer Consultancy, turnkey

Technology for milk, fruit and cereal-based products An Indian firm offers technology for processing milk products, fruit & vegetable products and ready-to-eat & ready-to-cook food products Areas of application Food processing industries Forms of transfer Consultancy, subcontracting, joint venture, technical services, capacity building, technology licensing, equipment supply, turnkey, others

Vacuum sealer and gas injection machine A Thailand-based company is providing technology for preserving and extending shelf life of food products. Proper packaging is critical for avoiding food spoilage. The vacuum sealing and gas injection technique prevents contaminating microbes to enter the container, thereby increasing the shelf life of the product. Areas of application Food processing industry, agro-based industry Forms of transfer Technology licensing

Share Your Technology Propositions The mission of Modern Food Processing is to spread the technology culture. We offer you an opportunity to participate in this endeavour by publishing the best technology ideas. Technology developers/sellers are invited to furnish the techno-commercial details (with environmental benefits, if any) for publication in the Technology Transfer column of Modern Food Processing. R&D organisations, technical consultancy organisations and individuals assisting small and medium enterprises may send the relevant literature, indicating the scope & services and the areas of specification. Contact: Modern Food Processing Infomedia 18 Limited, ‘A’ Wing, Ruby House, J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W), Mumbai 400 028. Tel: 022-3024 5000, 3003 4672 z Fax: 022-3003 4499 z Email:


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Technology Requested Coconut milk beverage

Food preservation

An Indian entrepreneur is interested in acquiring the technology for producing & processing coconut milk beverage. Areas of application Food processing industry Forms of transfer Consultancy

A Thailand-based food and fruit preserved trading firm is looking for efficient technology to extend the shelf-life and preserve food and fruit. Areas of application Food processing industry, confectionary industry, pastry industry Forms of transfer Others

Corn processing An Indian company is looking for a complete proposal/project report to set up a dry milling corn processing plant in Andhra Pradesh. Targeted finished product is tinned corn, pop corn, corn flakes etc. It is also interested to import similar kind of plant & machinery to set up the same in India. Areas of application Corn processing industry Forms of transfer Others

Extruder pilot plant An Indian company is seeking the extruder pilot plant for manufacturing processed cereal-based weaning food. Areas of Application Infant food, supplementary food, weaning food Forms of transfer Others

Food processing equipment An Indian company is seeking technology and equipment for processing of fruits, vegetables and other related products. Area of application Food processing industry Forms of transfer Others

Fruit drinks-doy pack A firm from UAE is interested in acquiring the technology for manufacturing fruit juices and drinks using optimum formulation technology. The firm needs technology providers, consultants and price quotes for the project based on turnkey & know-how. Areas of applications Food processing industry Forms of transfer Others

Juice and food processing A company based in the UAE proposes to establish a food processing plant that would help process fruit juices, jam/jelly, juice concentrates & pulp. Through this plant, the company also wishes to obtain valuable by-products like cattle feed, fertiliser and raw materials for plywood. Areas of application Food processing industry Forms of transfer Others

Rice husk ash to silica precipitates An Indian company is seeking the technology to convert rice husk ash

into some useful matter like silica precipitate, as the rice husk is rich in silica content. Areas of application Agro-based mills, which burn rice husk for internal purposes Forms of transfer Others

Spice grinding and processing plant An Indian firm is seeking to set up a spice plant and requires turnkey project consultants for the same. Areas of application Food processing industry Forms of transfer Others

Virgin coconut oil production A Thai entrepreneur is interested in acquiring the technology for production of virgin coconut oil. He has an abundant supply of coconuts and plans to set up a coconut oil production line with technical cooperation from technology providers. Areas of application Food processing industry Forms of transfer Others

Xylitol technology A company based in Thailand is seeking the technology for producing gum by utilising maize-waste. Areas of application Food industry Forms of transfer Others

Information courtesy: Dr Krishnan S Raghavan, In-Charge, Technology Transfer Services Group, United Nations - Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), APCTT Building , C-2, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110 016 Tel: 011 - 2696 6509, Fax: 011 - 2685 6274, Email:, Website: For more information on technology offers and requests, please log on to and register with your contact details. This is a free of cost platform provided by APCTT for facilitating interaction between buyers and seekers of technologies across the globe. After submitting technology offer or request to this website, you are requested to wait for at least two weeks for receiving a response from a prospective buyer / seeker through this website, before contacting APCTT for further assistance.

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Industrial chocolate manufacture and use Editor Price

: Stephen T Beckett : ` 14,610

This book gives a new dimension to the manufacturing of an exciting product like chocolate. Authors of each chapter are masters in their area of expertise, thus offering a holistic view of this industry, from the academic as well as industrial points of view. This book incorporates the ongoing trends within the chocolate industry. Special emphasis is given to intricate aspects like chemistry flavour development, chocolate flow properties, sweeteners, nonconventional machines & processes and food safety in chocolate manufacturing. An interesting feature of this book is that it also integrates two important elements – chocolate packaging and marketing, as well. The new fourth edition includes additional chapters on chocolate crumb, cold forming technologies, intellectual property rights and nutrition & health aspects of chocolate. This book will be useful to those associated with the chocolate industry, as well as R&D academicians dealing with food technology and food science.

One of the interesting and widely-appreciated products among consumers today is enrobed and filled chocolates, bakery & confectionery products. Products, such as praline-filled chocolates or chocolate-coated biscuits, are proving to be widely accepted by consumers. This book provides a comprehensive overview of quality issues affecting these products and suggests quality enhancement strategies. Divided into three parts, the first part deals with formulations of coatings & fillings with chapters on chocolate manufacture, confectionery fats, compound coatings and fat & sugar-based fillings. The second part includes product design issues such as oil, moisture & ethanol migration and chocolate & filling rheology. This part also provides special emphasis on shelf life prediction and testing. Part III covers processing, packaging and storage; latest ingredient preparation and manufacturing technology are elaborated. This book will be of high value to professionals in the chocolate, bakery and confectionery industry as also to food scientists & technologists pursuing further research in the said fields.

Science & technology of enrobed & filled chocolate, bakery and confectionery products Editor

: Geoff Talbot

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PET & jar moulding machine

Fried type extruder

Chaudhary Precision Moulding offers CP-1 PET & jar moulding machine. It is used to manufacture PET jars & bottles used in packaging of food materials & beverages. It is a maintenancefree machine that is user-friendly and easy-to-operate. The machine does not emit fumes, burn or vibrate and pollute air or water. It has low-production cost, high-production rate and uniform conditioning. Quality controlled bottle/jar production is based on precision stretch motion. It has a two-step process for bottle/jar making through preforms with pneumatically/hydro-pneumatically controlled features. It is provided with specially designed heater for preferential heating & conditioning of any type of preform for uniform wall thickness. It has a foolproof system of platens, which allows easy access; fast interchanges of moulds & customised parts. This machine requires singlephase power connection and has a digitally controlled system. It is available in various models for manufacturing PET jars & bottles from 250 mL to 25,000 mL.

Malik Engineers offers fried type extruder (medium shear type) suitable for producing fried type corn collets or curls from de-germinated corn meal or grits. The extruder consists of a horizontal auger screw driven through a geared motor to transport the moisturised corn raw-material. Due to its special design it is suited for producing only kurkure type product or curls. The screw continuously feeds between a stator (fixed) brass plate and rotating brass plate spinning at high speed by a separate high power motor. The shear applied to the material is determined by the speed of rotation of feed screw, the rotor spinning speed and the gap between the two brass plates. Due to friction and mechanical working of corn material, high shear is applied to raw materials which cooks them around 120° C and converts the rawmaterial to plasticised mass or dough. The length of product can be controlled by varying the knife speed. The width (thickness) of product can be varied by adjusting the gap between the two bronze plates. The rotor is driven through high power AC motor of 30 HP and feed screw is driven through geared motor with 5 HP power. A large capacity hopper is provided above the feed screw to hold the moisturised corn meal/grits. The wet product is transported via elevators/conveyors through downstream equipment, viz, sifter (separator) to separate crushing and small pieces/incomplete expanded material from properly sized collets. The fryer helps in removing the excess moisture and final expansion.

Chaudhary Precision Moulding Ltd New Delhi Tel: 011-2643 5578, Fax: 011-3052 4555 Email:

Digital colour mark sensor Lubi Electronics offers ‘Sunx’ LX-100 series digital colour mark sensor, which can detect any marking because the sensor is equipped with red, green and blue LED light emitting element. Furthermore, to expand the functionality the sensor comes with dual mode, ie, mark mode (ultra high-speed response) & colour mode (high precision mark colour discrimination) to suit any application. This sensor comes with Mode Navi technology for enhancing features and easy use. It is provided with 4-digit digital display, 12-bit A/D converter, D-code, key lock, timer, NPN or PNP outputs, IP67 protection, etc. It is used in many applications in industries such as packaging, food, pharmaceuticals, textile, plastic and in many others. Lubi Electronics Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2220 5471, Fax: 079-2220 0660 Mob: 093274 97006 Email:


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Malik Engineers Thane - Maharashtra Tel: 0250-239 0839, Fax: 022-2883 0751 Email:

Powder mixing equipment Toshniwal System and Instruments offers powder mixing equipment to handle solid, powder, flaky materials, etc. Low-power consumption and short time operation with reduced maintenance cost are the main advantages of this mixing equipment. Since it can handle solid, powder and flaky materials, it is widely used in applications like food, animal feed, construction, chemical, refractory industry, etc. Apart from homogenous mixing, it also helps in achieving the desired technical performance in the final product and its subsequent application. Other products of the company include measurement instruments, vacuum pumps, oil purification plants, turbo molecular pumps, etc. Toshniwal Systems & Instruments (P) Ltd Chennai - Tamil Nadu Tel: 044-2644 5626/8983, Fax: 044-2644 1820 Email:


Cooking mixers Tricon offers cooking mixers from Stephan, Germany. These mixers perform automated processes via PLC, which include mixing, dispersion, de-aerating (vacuum), indirect steam cooking and jacket cooling. Significantly shorter batch times are possible resulting in tremendous savings in energy and time. The advantages offered by the mixers are minimum space, the tilted vessel design ensures easy filling and emptying of vessel; the rotating scraper optimises mixing, prevention of oxidation, retention of flavours and colours, easy operation & cleaning and repeated final product quality. These cookers are ideal for cold & hot process – frying of onions/spice pastes, curries, meat, poultry, ketchup, pizza sauces, dressing, mayonnaise, and marinades, baby food, hommus, saag/spinach pastes, chilly sauces, soups, rice and vegetables. These are available in 400, 800, 1,200 litre sizes (corresponding capacities 800, 1,600, 2,400 litre/hr). The company also offers cookers in models KM, UM/SK and VMC with emulsion process. Tricon Pune - Maharashtra Tel: 020-2565 2205/2451, Mob: 098901 92832 Email:

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Potato chip making machinery Blaze Machinery offers potato-chip making machinery. It provides a series of machinery for peeling, cutting, drying and frying of potatoes. The potato-peeler is provided with a drum, which can store up to 6-8 kg of potatoes. The potato skin is drained out with the help of special emery powder lining and continuous flow of water from the drum. The potato-cutter is a hand-pushed machinery with a thickness between 2 to 4 mm. It is provided with ½ HP motor, which has a capacity of 100 kg/hr. The sliced potatoes are washed and sent to the drying machinery, which is a centrifugal system, and approximately removes 30 to 40 per cent of its water. This enables the chip to consume less oil while frying. This machinery contains SS basket with storing capacities ranging from 8-10 kg of sliced potatoes. Blaze Machinery Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2635 5366/3246 6341 Fax: 022-2678 3133 Email:

Cooking extruder Malik Engineers offers cooking extruders for producing fish feed pellets (floating pellets). This is required for feeding fresh water fishes. This mixes the required raw materials in suitable ribbon mixer and transfers this dry mix to a preconditioner which pre-cooks the dry ingredients along with water and steam injection. Pre-cooked ingredients fall inside a medium shear cooker Extruder which fully cooks the ingredients and forces the cooked mass out through multi hole die plate continuously. A rotary cutter working against the die face cuts the extruded material to form spherical pellets. Drying of excess moisture from the pellets in dryer. This is followed by coating of dried pellets is done in a coating drum unit and then follow weighing & packing the pellets. This is fitted with rotating, hardened screw & barrel set for continuous cooking of the pre-cooked material falling down from pre-conditioning unit. The pre-conditioning unit is charged from above through the Ribbon Mixer. Water in desired proportion is precisely injected into the pre-conditioner along with steam which precooks the ingredients. This way floating fish pellets are produced. Machine is fitted with modern digital controllers for ease of control of all process parameters for attaining a standard product. Malik Engineers Thane - Maharashtra Tel: 0250-239 0839, Fax: 022-2883 0751 Email:


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Bar code reader Banner Engineering India offers iVu bar code reader (BCR), which read eleven industry-standard bar codes to facilitate advanced traceability - a critical strategy for ensuring the highest product quality in packaging, material handling, automotive, pharmaceuticals and many industrial applications. The BCR with an integrated or remote touchscreen, and intuitive interface allows users to configure, monitor, modify and inspect without a PC or external controller. Its features include: even first-time users can have it up and running in minutes, without training; compact, rugged IP67-rated housing is available with or without an integrated ring light; RS-232 serial communication port is provided for exporting bar code data. Using the touch screen and intuitive interface, inspection parameters are easily configured and quickly deployed without a PC or external controller. The sensor is available with a remote touch screen for setup and inspection monitoring. The BCR is available with three different trigger modes to determine how the sensor captures and processes images. Banner Engineering India Pvt Ltd Pune - Maharashtra Tel: 020-6640 5624, Mob: 093223 39208 Fax: 020-6640 5623 Email:

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Drum sieve machine Buhler (India) offers drum sieve machine. It is a pre-cleaning machine for rice, wheat, soybeans, corn and pulses, etc. It is used in the reception of granular, mealy & floury bulk materials in the grain mill, bulk storage system and other plants in the food processing and feed processing industries. The drum sieve separates coarse impurities such as pieces of straw, bag tapes, paper, pieces of wood and corn leaves and cobs, etc. This protects downstream processing and conveying equipment from malfunctions and damage. The rugged, overhung screening drum is divided into an inlet and outlet cylinder, made of sheet steel and provided with holes ranging from 10 to 60 mm. The screening drum is highly self-cleaning and is additionally supported in this function by a scraper brush. All components are installed inside an enclosed housing that is equipped with an aspiration connection. The material to be screened is fed through the inlet channel to the inside of the screening drum and turned over. The grain drops through the screen perforations and the coarse impurities are directed to the outlet by a guide screw. This ensures reliable separation of the course impurities. Buhler (India) Pvt Ltd Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080-2289 0000, Fax: 080-2289 0001 Email:


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Chocolate moulding machine Varsha Engineering offers automatic chocolate moulding machines with the latest technologies. It is most suitable to produce solid chocolate bars, with or without centre cream and nuts filling. These machines offer excellent performance and have high durability. The moulding machine is user friendly with three-shift operation, low maintenance cost, modular design, compact size with attractive body, easy to operate, cost-effective with high efficiency with speed of 15 moulds per minute. These ‘VEC’ chocolate moulding machines are available in two models : ‘VEC-M-300’ and ‘VEC-M-450’, these two models are accommodated with the mould size of 300 mm X220 mm X30 mm and 450 mm X220mm X30mm. ‘VEC’ Chocolate moulding machine works with the pneumatically operated suction and injection method. The machine consists of mould pre-heaters, one shot depositor, vibration section, multitier cooling tunnel with suitable chiller unit for freezing the moulded chocolate, inbuilt hot water circulation system, and automatic chocolate de-moulding station. Varsha Engineering Co Hyderabad - Andhra Pradesh Mob: 093965 27204, Fax: 040-27267888 Email:

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Wrapping machine Pacwel Equipments offers Model PE 108 pillow pack wrapping machine for hard-boiled candy. It is used for packing foodstuff, and can pack up to 1,000 packs per minute depending on the product and its packing material. It can be connected to a single phase or three-phase power supply. It is provided with a vibratory feeder, which takes the candies from the SS hopper, then the chute removes the dust & broken pieces and feeds the desired candies to the detachable disc, which has the precise shape of candies and goes to the lug conveyor. The wrapping material released from the feed unit, passes through the rollers where the photocell mark is constantly monitored. The film makes a continuous tube in which the lug conveyor positions the candies. This continuous tube is sealed and guided by pairs of pulling and sealing rollers. After this process, the cross-sealer seals the individual packs and a zigzag knife (fixed inside the cross-sealer) separates the individual pack or gives perforation as desired. Pacwel Equipments Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2560 3491, Fax: 022-2568 8916 Email:


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Water purification system

Vacuum packing machine

Millipore (India) offers ‘Direct-Q3’ water purification system. It is designed for simple and intuitive operation. The system guarantees the production of high-quality ultrapure water (Type I), providing a superior alternative to bottled water or DI water. In addition, the system produces pure (Type III) water that is stored in an integrated reservoir and can be used for basic applications. It saves on electricity, water consumption, maintenance and time. The system allows delivery of a fixed volume of Type I water and automatically shuts off once the selected volume has been delivered. For applications requiring low organic contaminant levels, it incorporates a dual wavelength UV lamp to produce water with <5 ppb TOC, making it suitable for HPLC, GC, ILC and TOC analyses. It is available with a built-in 185 and 254 nm UV lamp for production of low TOC water required by organic-sensitive applications. The maintenance is reduced to a simple cartridge change once or twice a year. It is ideal for laboratories that do not have easy access to pre-treated water and need between 1 and 10 L of ultrapure water per day.

Monarch Appliances offers vacuum packing machine which is used to pack food products. The key advantage of this machine is that it increases the shelf life of the products. It vacuums the product through machine. The advantage of chamber machine is that even the space surrounding the product outside the package also vacuums. Vacuum chamber machines can also be used to package products with a modified atmosphere. Very low residual oxygen figures can be obtained by first pulling a vacuum before the injection of gas. The vacuum machine is used for packing cheese, meat, fish, flower bulbs, coffee beans, pillows, PCBs, food products, khakhara, roti, groundnuts, namkeen, spices, instant food, bakery products, chemicals, electric components, pharmaceutical, dairy products, dry fruits, sea foods, etc.

Millipore India Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080- 3922 4000, 3922 4001, Fax: 080- 2839 6345 Email:

Monarch Appliances Rajkot - Gujarat Tel: 0281-2461 826, 301 7420 Fax: 0281-301 9788 Mob: 098252 15733 , 093767 77277 Email:

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Ice cream making plant Pal Engineers offers ice cream making plant. It comprises ageing vat, batch freezer, homogeniser and pasteuriser. The ageing vat machine is compact, has a rectangular mix tank for proper mixing of ice cream mix, all product contact parts made of SS-304 & is equipped with castors for easy movements. The glycol jacketed construction & stirrer gives even cooling and maintains temperature during power failure. Its features include less power consumption due to efficient refrigeration system and PUF insulation, bottom drive stirrer are easily removable for complete cleaning. All product contact parts of batch freezer are made of SS-304 or food grade material. The homogeniser is provided with specially designed pressure valve, which gives high-performance even at working time and diaphragm-type pressure gauge to maintain perfect hygienic conditions. All parts in direct contact with ice cream mix is made of either stainless steel or food grade material. The homogeniser is quick & easy to dismantle for perfect cleaning. The pasteuriser is robust and of sturdy construction. Pal Engineers Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2274 8877, 2277 2575 Email:

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Powder disperser Quadro Engineering Corp offers ‘Quadro Ytron® XC’ powder disperser for the preparation of ice-cream mix. It is an inline mixing and dispersion unit designed to incorporate large quantities of powder into a liquid stream (ie, single-pass) with minimal air entrainment. Not only does this innovative technology reduce dispersion times by 80 per cent, but product characteristics are consistent from batchto-batch and there is no plugging of screens, typical with other in-line blenders/dispersers. The company offers two sanitary models, which are designed to meet 3-A Sanitary Standards, offering liquid throughputs of up to 200 gpm. The company’s ‘ShearFX series’ shear pump is available in four different models ranging from 10-75 hp depending on desired capacity, up to a maximum of 375 gpm. The multiple tooling styles are available allowing a balance between shear energy and pumping efficiency for each process. Quadro Engineering Corp Waterloo – Canada Tel: 519-884 9660, Fax: 519-884-0253 Email:

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Hand sanitiser Industrial Equipwash offers hand sanitiser, which automatically dispenses disinfectant in the hands. The dispenser prevents from touching unhygienic levers, taps, knobs & soap cakes, thus preventing cross-contamination and maintaining complete cleanliness. The user is required to put his hands into the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior. The sensor detects the hands and automatically dispenses 0.5 ml of disinfectant solution (hydro-alcholic based), which rapidly evaporates. The advantages of this product are that the pathogens on hands are eliminated by the disinfectant. The cleaning cycle is completed in less than 10 seconds (maximum), and only 0.5 ml of disinfectant is utilised for cleaning cycle. Moreover, the dispenser is easy to install, operate and maintain. Industrial Equipwash Inc Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2679 7941, Fax: 022-2679 2936 Mob: 098692 31815 Email:


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Table top coder Process Instrumentation & Controls offers table top coder. This batch coding machine is suitable for all manual & automatic coding on various packaging. This easy-tooperate coder is compact in design, which makes it easy to install, where space is limited. It operates on a microprocessor-based system and is equipped with motorised intermittent reciprocal contact coder. The coder can be used by manufacturers/packers of packaged goods to print batch no, date of manufacturing, expiry date, prices and other statutory information on various packaging, containers, labels, cartons, pouches, etc. It gives bigger printing area up to 50 mm and can easily have 4-6 lines of printing on various packed goods. Process Instrumentation & Controls Vadodara - Gujarat Tel: 0265-235 7228, 232 0756, Fax: 0265-235 5429 Email: The information published in this section is as per the details furnished by the respective manufacturer/distributor. In any case, it does not represent the views of

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Dear Reader, ‘Modern Food Processing’ solicits original, well-written, application-oriented, unpublished articles that reflect your valuable experience and expertise in the food processing industry. You can send us Technical Articles, Case Studies and Product Write-ups. The length of the article should not exceed 3000 words, while that of a product write-up should not exceed 200 words. The articles should preferably reach us in soft copy (either E-mail or a CD). The text should be in MS Word format and images in 300 DPI resolution & JPG format. The final decision regarding the selection and publication of the articles shall rest solely with ‘Modern Food Processing’. Authors whose articles are published will receive a complimentary copy of that particular issue and an honorarium cheque. Published by Infomedia 18 Limited , ‘Modern Food Processing’ is the leading monthly magazine exclusively meant for producers and user fraternities of the food processing industry. Well supported by a national readership of over 80,000 and our strong network of 26 branch offices across India, this magazine reaches out to key decision makers among the Indian manufacturers of food processing products, machinery and allied sectors. Brought out in association with Hong Kong-based Ringier Trade Publishing Ltd (one of the world’s largest trade publishing houses with more than 200 special interest titles and offices in every major country), it ensures that advertisers are able to promote their products and services across the globe at no extra cost. So get going and rush your articles, write-ups, etc… Thanking you, Yours sincerely,

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PRODUCT INDEX Sl. No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90


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2-piece/3-piece cans .......................... 79 Accelerated ageing test .................... 73 Air cooled sealers ................................... 37 Air cooler ................................................. 7 Air-conditioners...................................... 23 Air-conditioning equipment and ............... compressorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spare parts ........................ 61 Almond cutting machine........................ 27 Ammonia liquid chillers.......................... 12 Animal feed technology ......................... 15 APFC panels ........................................... 23 AS-interface systems............................... 69 Automatic filling .................................... 79 Automatic scrubber dryers ..................... 29 Automation & storage system ................ 69 Banking services................................ 57 Bar code reader...................................... 73 Beverage canning ................................... 79 Beverage packaging ............................... 79 Biodiesel................................................. 73 Blender and mixer .................................. 45 Boiling/stirring system ............................ 45 Brewing.................................................. 15 Bulk milk cooler ..................................... 12 Butterfly valve......................................... 12 Cable for bus system ........................ 69 Cable handling & processing system ...... 69 Can-making machine ............................. 79 Canning machine ................................... 79 Can industry tools .................................. 79 Cap sealing machine .............................. 85 Capacitive and magnetic sensors............ 69 Capping & packaging production line .... 79 Caramel bar lines ................................... 79 Carpet cleaning machines ...................... 29 Cereal bar lines ...................................... 79 Chamber machines................................. 53 Chapati making machine........................ 27 Chocolate / cocoa machine .................... 15 Chocolate ball mills ................................ 79 Chocolate chips line ............................... 79 Chocolate conches ................................. 79 Chocolate drops machine....................... 79 Chocolate enrobers ................................ 79 Chocolate equipment ............................. 79 Chocolate lentils (gems/smarties) line ..... 79 Chocolate melting tanks......................... 79 Chocolate moulding machine........... 75, 79 Chocolate moulds .................................. 79 Chocolate pipe lines ............................... 79 Chocolate refiner conches ...................... 79 Chocolate tempering.............................. 79 Chorafali making machine...................... 27 Chow making machine .......................... 27 Cleaning section equipment ................... 15 Coding and marking labelling machine....... COC Colour masterbatches............................. 75 Colour sorting machine .......................... 15 Compact moulding machines................. 79 Compositional & trace metal analysis ..... 73 Condition sensing switches and controls........ 10 Connectors............................................. 71 Connectors accessories ........................... 69 Conveying systems ................................. 71 Conveyor belt ............................ 73, 75, BIC Cooking extruder.................................... 72 Cooking mixers....................................... 71 Cooling tunnels ...................................... 79 Counters & power supplies ...................... 5 Crimp contact & tools ............................ 69 Custom-made cables .............................. 69 Cutters/slicer..................................... 45, 71 Dairy machinery ................................ 12 Dairy plant ............................................. 89 Daliya making machine .......................... 27 Data cables ............................................ 69 Dehydration equipment..................... 45,71 Delta cutting robot systems ................... 85 Digital colour mark sensor...................... 70 Distribution transformer ......................... 23 Doors ..................................................... 84 Double chamber vacuum ....................... 85 Drives ....................................................... 6 Drum sieve machine............................... 74 Dry cum wet grinder .............................. 27 Dust control door................................... 84 Ecoflux corrugated tube heat exchangers .... 9 Elevator belt ........................................... 73 Encoders .................................................. 5 Evaporating units for cold rooms ............. 7 Exhibition - Engineering Expo................. 80

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Extruded products .................................. 15 Extruder for papad machine................... 27 Factory automation ......................... FIC Failure analysis ....................................... 73 Fat melters ............................................. 79 Filler compositional analysis.................... 73 Filling & closing packaging machines......... 84 Filling systems ........................................ 84 Filtration/separation solutions................... 8 Filters ....................................................... 8 Filtration equipment............................... BC Filtration systems.................................... BC Financial services .................................... 57 Fish processing....................................... 45 Flexible transparent PVC strip door......... 84 Flour milling ........................................... 15 Food analysing & testing machine.......... BC Food conveying modular belt................. 73 Food forming machine........................... 45 Food processing lines ............................. 71 Food sealer ............................................ 85 Forced convection unit air cooler ............. 7 Fried type extruder ................................. 70 Fruits/vegetable processing machine....... 71 Fuels - diesel .......................................... 73 Gases ................................................. 73 Gear oils................................................. 73 Gloves .................................................... 19 Grain handling ....................................... 15 Gravy making machine........................... 27 Grinding & dispersion ............................ 15 H39 chocolate pumps ....................... 79 Ham processing machine ....................... 45 Hammer machine................................... 27 Hand sanitiser ........................................ 84 Hand sealer ............................................ 85 Heat resistant door ................................ 84 High capacity bag palletiser ................... 25 High pressure cleaners ........................... 29 Horizontal conveyor systems .................. 79 Ice cream making plant .................... 79 Identification systems ............................. 69 Impact pulveriser.................................... 27 Inclined conveyor systems ...................... 79 Induction sealing.................................... 37 Inductive sensors.................................... 69 Industrial connectors .............................. 69 Industrial control & sensing devices.......... 5 Industrial door ....................................... 84 Industrial type unit air cooler ................... 7 In-feed moving belt................................ 73 Ink adhesion .......................................... 37 Inspection belt ....................................... 73 Instrumentation made cables ................. 69 Inverter/variable frequency drives.............. 5 Juicer ................................................. 27 Label adhesion .................................. 37 Labelling machines ................................. 43 Level controllers ....................................... 5 Liquid filling/packing machines............... 79 Liquid food processing ........................... BC Lubes (engine oils) ................................. 73 Magnetic belt .................................... 73 Marking equipment................................ 53 Masala mill............................................. 27 Material identification ............................ 73 Mathiya making machine ....................... 27 Measuring & monitoring relay for 1ph/3 ph......... 5 Meat ball forming machine.................... 45 Meat processing machine....................... 45 Metallography ........................................ 73 Microniser .............................................. 73 Mini dal mill........................................... 27 Mini pulveriser with circulating system ...... 27 Mini vacuum machine............................ 85 Mixer grinder ......................................... 27 Mixing machine ..................................... 71 Mixing processing .................................. 45 Mixture for papad machine.................... 27 Motion controls ....................................... 5 Multi chamber pulveriser........................ 27 Noodle making machine................... 27 Oil milling.......................................... 15 Online B2B marketplace ................... 87, 88 Open ends/flanging/necking/seaming/ cap making machine .............................. 79 Packaging belt .................................. 73 Packaging machinery.............................. 85 Packaging printer belt ............................ 73 Palletising robots.................................... 25 Panipuri making machine ....................... 27

Sl. No. 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270


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Papad making machine .......................... 27 Pasta making machine ........................... 15 Peeling machine ............................... 71, 73 PET & jar moulding machine .................. 70 Petrol & fuel oils .................................... 73 Photo electric sensors......................... 5, 69 Piston pumps ........................................... 9 Plastic modular link belt ......................... 73 Plastic pellets.......................................... 15 Plate heat exchanger .............................. 12 Plug valve............................................... 12 Pneumatic valve ..................................... 12 Polymer characterisation......................... 73 Potato chip making machine.................. 72 Pounding machine ................................. 27 Powder disperser.................................... 83 Powder mill............................................ 73 Powder mixing equipment ..................... 70 Power & energy management ................ 10 Power saver............................................ 23 Process equipment ................................. 17 Process tanks.......................................... 12 Programmable controllers....................... 10 Programmable logic controllers ................ 5 Programmable terminals .......................... 5 Protective-conduit system ....................... 69 Proximity sensors...................................... 5 Punching machine.................................. 73 PVC strip door........................................ 84 Quality control & inspection systems ..... 53 Rail tankers........................................ 12 Refrigerant pumps.................................. 12 Refrigeration .......................................... 12 Refrigeration compressors ...................... 61 Relays..................................................... 10 RFID ......................................................... 5 Rice milling equipment........................... 15 Robotics solutions .................................. 71 Rotary encoders ..................................... 69 Safety door........................................ 84 Safety light curtains ................................. 5 Sausage making machine....................... 45 Screw compressor .................................. 12 Sealers.................................................... 37 Sealing machine ..................................... 85 Self adhesive tapes................................. 83 Sensors .................................................. 69 Servo stabiliser (oil cooled) ..................... 23 Shrink film packaging machines ............. 25 Shrink wrapping machine....................... 85 Single disc machines .............................. 29 Slate belt................................................ 73 SME finance ........................................... 57 SME loan ............................................... 11 Solution transformer .............................. 23 Spice mill ............................................... 27 Spirac cables .......................................... 69 Standard machine elements ................... 77 Stirrer ..................................................... 27 Stretch film packaging machines............ 25 Stretch wrapping machine ................ 25,85 Surface treatment .................................. 37 Sweepers................................................ 29 Switching relays ....................................... 5 Table top coder................................. 85 Tanks & silos .......................................... 12 Telecom ................................................. 23 Temperature controllers....................... 5,10 Testing ................................................... 73 Textile machinery.................................... 71 Thermal processes .................................. 15 Thermoformers....................................... 53 Timers ................................................. 5,10 TPU masterbatches................................. 75 Transmission fluids ................................. 73 Tray sealer.............................................. 53 Turnkey projects (energy) ....................... 23 Ultrasonic sensors ............................. 69 Universal type unit air cooler.................... 7 UPS ........................................................ 23 Vacuum cleaners ............................... 29 Vacuum machine ................................... 85 Vacuum packing machine ...................... 78 Vegetable cutting machine..................... 27 Ventilators.............................................. 83 Vermicelli making machine ................... 27 Vision sensors .......................................... 5 Washing elevator .............................. 73 Water purification system....................... 78 Wrapping machine................................. 76

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