Monday, 10 October 2011

Start a Instant Pickle Business

(103). Start a Instant Pickle Business


 you love to eat preserves and pickles, and would like to make money out of the things that you love.
Pickling had its roots as a preservation technique, especially for sailors, but nowadays it has evolved into a business opportunity. Many people particularly enjoy the taste and flavors of pickled vegetable; hence it has risen in demand. Although few people know it, the bacteria in pickles are able to introduce Vitamin B into the pickle and improving their nutritious value. In other words, pickles are a healthy and delicious food that people can consume.

Pickles are generally vegetables that are subjected to brining. This means vegetables are subjected to fermentation by being soaked in a salt solution. This could also mean that vegetables are marinated and then stored in vinegar, although other acid solutions may be utilized. Pickles are processed in order to produce a pH feature of less than 4.6. This is because necrobacteria are killed in such an acidity level.

Product and its Applications
Apart from staple foods, people like spicy adjuncts to make the food palatable and relishing. Pickles are good appetizers and digestive agents. There are several varieties of pickles which are consumed throughout the year. In this context, pickle, a spicy preparation, has gained importance in Indian menu. Preparation of pickles is an old art and a variety of these products are made in Indian homes. The basic principle of pickling is curing of fruits and vegetables by salting, acidifying, addition of vinegar and/or oil and spices. Pickle making is a time consuming process. Often the cost of glass bottle & oil works out more than the cost of actual pickle. A new technology has been developed for making instant pickle mix, which can be converted into a palatable pickle at home by simple addition of water and oil. Thus instant pickle is likely to become popular and acceptable due to various reasons e.g. better shelf life, possibility for addition of extra spices at the users end, relatively low cost of production, convenience in handling and reduction in volume of packaging and low transportation cost. Several varieties of dry pickle mix can be developed by using dehydrated mango, lime (lemon), green chillies, tomatoes, carrots, different types of leaves. 

Market Potential
The demand for pickles is on the increase both in the domestic and export markets. However, the instant pickle is a comparatively new concept. This is an item of commercial importance that has to be further explored by better effort both in domestic/export markets. This concept would appeal to many consumers especially the urban and semi-urban middle, upper middle class and rich families. Apart from neat and clean product and hassle-free packing, the consumers can have different varieties at different times without bothering about storage of many varieties of ready pickles. Restaurants, small eateries and road-side dhabas would also prefer it as they need not store their requirements for a longer period, savings in investments and storage space and cleanliness. Thus, product would certainly appeal to certain segments of consumers and they need to be approached for market analysis. Initial publicity and placement of products must be planned systematically. A combination of consumer packing and bulk packing may also be thought of. 

Process of Manufacture
Fully matured fresh raw fruits e.g. limes, mangoes, other fruits and vegetables are washed and cut into uniform size, brine cured at optimal conditions and dried, either under sun or by mechanical drying (vegetable pieces are to be acidified along with salt curing). Cleaned and dried spices like red chillies, turmeric and mustard are ground separately and mixed with the cured and dried pieces and packed in polythene bags in required quantities and sealed. 

Addresses of Machinery and Equipment Suppliers
M/s M. Son Industries
D -33, Sector 2
Noida -201301

M/s Sanjivan Industries
A -13, Karimsheth Indl. Estate,
Wagdevi Nagar, Near Valishali Nagar
Dahisar (E), Mumbai -400068

M/s Biotech & Food Systems (P) Ltd.
435 –P, Sector 14,
Gurgaon -122001

M/s Pharamalab India Pvt. Ltd.
Star Metal Compound,
LBS Marg, Vikroli (W)
Mumbai -400083

M/s Gee Gee Foods & Packaging Co. (P) Ltd.
B -188/2, Savitri Nagar,Malviya Nagar
New Delhi -110017

M/s D.K. Barry & Co. (P) Ltd.
11/35, West Punjabi Bagh,
New Delhi -110026

M/s Azad Engineering Company
C-83, B.S. Road , Indl Area,
Ghazibad -201009

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