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Nichrome: Serving the Ready-to-Eat Industry with Excellence
According to an ASSOCHAM report, the perceived convenience of packaged foods
has been driving impressive growth in the segment. Rising incomes, younger
households & working couples in urban India suggest that this surge will continue in
the next few years. Since 2010, the packaged food industry, which includes
beverages, dairy products, snacks & baked foods, ketchups, jam, etc., has been
growing at 32.5% per year and is expected to swell to 35% till 2017 at least. Urban
households account for 80% of this market.
India has a large base of young consumers, who form majority of the country’s
workforce. These young consumers hardly find time for traditional cooking due to
their busy life styles which further creates significant potential for ready-to-eat
food products. Yet,
even as convenience is
the main driver, healthconscious consumers
also seek healthy ready
to eat meal options.
Major players like ITC,
Kohinoor, MTR and
McCain among others
are providing impetus
to the industry with
branding and attractive
packaging. The players in the packaged food industry tweak their product offerings
to suit the taste of Indian consumers and launch new variants to cater to regionspecific demand which have widened their consumer base. The industry players also
consider factors like freshness, crispiness and flavor of the product, which the
consumers consider important, before launching new products.
Nichrome’s HFFS Totpack Pick-Fill-Seal (PFS) machines offer the combined benefits of
variety, productivity and specialty packaging for ready-to-eat foods. The highprecision Totpack PFS machine is controlled through a PLC with touch-screen
interface, and supports a variety of pack/pouch formats. Packing material for
preformed pouches include heat sealable laminates like PET/PE, Paper/Alu-foil/PE,
Alu/PF, PET/Alu-foil/PE or Co ex films.
Advanced packaging technology enables 2 or 3 different fillers to dispense multiple
types of ingredients in the same pouch. The machines conveniently pack a wide
variety of ready-to-eat foods in eye-catching innovative shapes while maintaining
freshness of the products.
The sturdy PFS machine offers multiple filler options. The RTE Filler facilitates ready
to eat meals packaging for products such as Palak Paneer, Dal Makhani, Butter
Chicken, Biryani, Gravies, Matar Paneer, Punjabi Chhole, Punjabi Kadhi, Rajma
The Linear/Gate Weigher can be used for vegetable seed packaging while the Servo
Auger Filler is suitable for powders like ORS, Pharmaceutical Powder, Spice Powder,
Milk Powder, Coffee, Health Drinks, Instant Mixes, Premixes, etc. Multi-Head
Weighers are used for ready to eat snack & namkeen packaging; Piston Fillers for
viscous products like pastes, pickles, ketchup, soup, sauces, ghee, etc.
Other filler options include Cup Filler (for sugar, rice, pulses, etc.) and Gravity
Filler/Flow Meter (for liquids like milk, lassi, oil, juices, wines, etc.).
A comparatively recent offering from Nichrome is Athena Automatic Tray Sealer from
Tecnovac, Italy. Using pre-formed trays, Athena is able to seal, pack in a protective
atmosphere (vacuum + gas) or with ‘skin effect’ all types of trays or jars. Due to its
strong stainless steel structure and easy maintenance, Athena is ideal for use in small
and medium sized companies. Applications include cut vegetables & fruits, meats,
fish, ready-to-eat meals, snacks, etc. With these features and its speed of up to 60
trays per minute, Athena finds easy acceptance among India’s ready-to-eat food
Thus, for players in the processed food industry, Nichrome offers among the best
ready to eat food packaging solutions. Decades of industry experience and expertise
to customize solutions make Nichrome the food packaging supplier of choice across