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Modern solutions for Retail Sugar Packaging
As per the Govt. of India’s Department of Food & Public Distribution, in 2016, the Indian sugar
industry’s annual output is worth Rs 80,000 crores. Unlike the Salt industry which saw many
successful branded players, branded sugars saw few. Sugar branding was initiated by players like
Mawana sugars and Dhampur sugars. BCML, Modi Sugar, Ravalgaon, Simbholi Sugar also forayed in
to Branded sugars. The domestic packaged sugar market is estimated at 40,000 ton. The first movers
got the advantage and these players now have a 30 percent market share. Although the market size
of sugar industry is large, 75% of the sugar is consumed by large buyers like bakeries, soft drink
manufacturers and confectionery players. Hence most of the marketing is B2B. Sugar is viewed by
consumers as a commodity and there has not been any initiative from several companies to create a
differentiation. Parrys has launched its branded
sugar with focus on its quality and purity.
Sugar technology has come a long way and most
sugar is now free from chemical and other residues.
But bulk open sugar attracts dust as it is hygroscopic.
Sugar also attracts bacteria. Branded, packaged
sugar is dust-free and hygienic as it packed
untouched by hand.
Sugar produced in India is mainly of the granulated
type. However today, we see a growing urban
market of speciality sugars which can be broadly
classified into retail, food & beverage, pharma and
candy bulk. From refined sugar, 21 types of speciality
sugars can be made. Various types of speciality
sugars in different sizes, shapes, colours and packing
are available in urban departmental stores and retail
Urban consumers nowadays seem to choose
different types of sugar for different usage. For
example, brown sugar or Demerra sugar is preferred for coffee; powdered sugar is used by
confectioners and households for icings & confections; fruit flavoured sugar is considered healthy
and is used in drinks; sugar cubes and stickpacks are preferred for mobility and single-serve
convenience. Retailers cater to this demand by offering a variety of products and packaging options
such as pouches, sachets, cubes, etc. providing value to consumers in terms of taste, form and
All this means that sugar manufacturers need a retail sugar packaging partner who understands the
needs and requirements of the industry. Nichrome is a trusted Sugar Packing Machine
Manufacturer in India with 4 decades of experience and industry knowledge to its name.
Nichrome’s VFFS Excel Plus Series deliver a bagger speed of up to 80 packs per minute in versatile
pouch formats that are hygienic, leak-proof and convenient for storage & transportation. The
maximum quantity that can be handled by these automatic sugar filling machines is 10 kgs. The
maximum pouch size can be either 400 millimetres x 490 millimetres length or 400 millimetres x 600
millimetres. A Touch Screen Human Machine Interface ensures smooth control of the sugar
Technology in the automatic sugar filling machine enables the crucial facility of detecting foreign
substances and impurities. Excel Plus Series VFFS machines offer technological applications such as
detection of metal and a dust extraction system.
The efficiency of the sugar packaging machine equipment enables operations of all sizes to achieve
stipulated standards with their product quality and appearance. Sealing is carried out to exact
pressures making the product safe and secure for consumers. With a wide choice of batch coding
devices available as allied equipment, Nichrome’s automatic packaging machines cater to all
operational requirements of its customers.
Nichrome also offers a sugar sachet packing machine for the Food and Hospitality industries. Its
Multilane Stickpack with Volumetric Multiple Cavity Filler is equipped with a CE certified PLC
controller that makes it easy to operate and provides the necessary flexibility for product and format
changes while maintaining the efficiency of the process. It has the capacity to pack small stick packs
for sugar and other free flow solids in weight ranges of 1-3 g, 3-7 g, 5-10 g, and the number of lanes
goes up to 10 with a speed of packaging 450-500 packs per minute.
As the universal acceptance of packaged sugar and stick packaging continues to grow, Nichrome
innovates technology and upgrades its machines to keep pace.