Indian Food Processing Sector

Food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. The industry is estimated at Rs 13.96 lakh crore and is expected to reach 18 lakh crore by 2016. The government has also helping the sector by setting up of five numbers of Mega Food Parks in the states of Bihar, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It has also set up a corpus of Rs. 20,000 million for NABARD to fund upcoming food processing units at a lower interest rate. In India, most food is consumed in its fresh form as most of the vegetables and fruits are available round the year thanks to varied weather conditions across the country. Only a small quantity is processed for value addition. However, the trend is changing g Read More

FSSAI introduces logo for organic products - with tagline Jaivik Bharat

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has launched an ?Indian Organic Integrity Data Base?, to help consumers verify the authenticity of organic food. The logo with tagline ?Jaivik Bharat? is a common logo for ?organic foods?. The authority has launched a portal - jointly developed by the FSSAI in collaboration with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Through this portal, consumers can access information about the producer, the certification system and the availability of certified organic products. The regulator had introduced the umbrella regulation for Organic foods earlier this year. Read More

Kerala to develop two food parks in Palakkad and Allapuzha

Kerala Government is planning to develop two food parks in Palakkad and Allapuzha in Kerala. The state is investing Rs. 500 million each towards the food park. The food park in Palakkad is being implemented by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA). It is being developed on 78.68 acre of land at an investment of Rs 119.02 crore. The facilities at the central processing centre (CPC) will include a pack house of 10 tonne per hour, warehouse of 12,000 tonne, silos of 6,000 tonne, multi-product cold storage of 5,000 tonne, and other food processing facilities. Also, four primary processing centres (PPCs) at Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms is being developed. The food park in Allapuzha is Read More