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India’s Growing Appetite for Ready-to-Eat Foods
Ready-to-Eat (RTE) packaged food has been prevalent in the developed world for years but it is
gaining popularity in India only in recent years. The growing number of nuclear families and working
women drives the Ready-to-Eat (RTE) and Ready-to-Cook (RTC) market in India. India has a large base
of young consumers, who form majority of the country’s workforce. These young consumers rarely
find the time or inclination for traditional cooking due to their busy lifestyles which further creates
significant potential for ready-to-eat food products.
According to a recent report by research-based global management consulting firm TechSci Research,
India's ready-to-eat (RTE) food market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 21.99% during 2014-19, in
value terms. This type of food is becoming popular because it saves time and labour. It has extended
shelf-life and is available off the market shelves – so demand grows at a healthy pace.
The advancements in food technology and packaging technology have made it possible to extend the
shelf-life of these
packaging material is
need to know the
requirements of the
product i.e. what
hazards will cause
and the conditions to
which the packaged
product will be subjected throughout its shelf-life.
In India, 3-ply laminate consisting of PET/Al Foil/PP is commonly used for packaging of RTE packed
food. The product packed in such laminates has a shelf-life of one year. For ready-to-eat food
packaging, Nichrome’s Horizontal Form Fill Seal Machine offers multiple filler options. Nichrome’s
Pick-Fill-Seal machines present an advanced variant of packaging technology that 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.
A cost-effective solution with multiple filler options like Visco Filler, Servo Auger Filler, Volumetric
Cup Filler, Multi-Head Weighers, Indexing Type Bucket Conveyor, etc., Nichrome’s Pick-Fill-Seal
machine facilitates ready to cook packaging for products such as Palak Paneer, Dal Makhani, Butter
Chicken, Biryani, Gravies, Matar Paneer, Punjabi Chhole, Punjabi Kadhi, Rajma Masala, etc. Other
applications include Ginger Garlic Paste, Ketchup, Sauces, Ghee, Vegetable seeds, Instant mixes,
Nutraceuticals, Namkeen and even liquids such as milk, juice, lassi, oil, etc.
Another trend in packaged food are sealed pre-formed trays for instant food packaging of biryani or
products such as sweets, namkeens, chopped vegetables, raw meats, diced fruits, etc. Making its
mark in this application is Athena Automatic Tray Sealer by Tecnovac of Italy, brought to India by
Nichrome. Athena is capable of packaging in modified atmosphere, any combination of compatible
trays and top film studied for such applications.
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
For More information visit:- http://www.nichrome.com/