Automatic washing / grading / sorting lines for a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Water, a compound of Hydrogen and Oxygen, is a precious natural gift which is essential for the survival of everything on earth. Potable water for human consumption should be free from undesirable impurities. The water available from untreated sources such as well, boreholes and natural springs is generally not safe for drinking. Thus, it is necessary to purify the water and supply it under hygienic conditions for human consumption. As the name implies, mineral water is the purified water fortified with requisite amount of minerals such as barium, iron, manganese and other mineral salts which can be absorbed by human body. The mineral water / packaged drinking water should be manufactured and packed under hygienic conditions, in properly washed and cleaned bottles, in sterilized conditions as specified under IS 14543 and IS 13428.
Water shortage and health awareness is driving bottled water consumption in India. As in 2011, the Indian market is estimated at about Rs.6,000 crore and is growing at whopping rate of 25 per cent per annum. By 2020, it will reach an astounding Rs.20,000 crore.
According to a national-level study, there are more than 200 bottled water brands in India and among them nearly 80 per cent are local brands catering to consumers within their 60 km operational area.
While India ranks in the top 10 largest bottled water consumers in the world, its per capita consumption of bottled water is estimated to be half-a-litre only which is comparatively lower than the global average of 24 litres.
Agri business is one of the major pillars of the Indian economy. India produces a wide variety and enormous quantity of fruits that can be processed in different forms.
Fruit juices are well recognized for their nutritive value, mineral and vitamin content. Traditionally, juices have been extracted and sold fresh at public places and roadside shops. Due to unhygenic conditions in such shops, juices served are prone to bacterial contamination which may lead to food borne illnesses.
Over the years the Indian beverage industry has followed the international trends and its sales were dominated primarily by Carbonated Soft Drinks (CSD) like Cola, Orange, Lemon etc.
India has witnessed radical shift in consumption patterns of non-alcoholic drinks over the recent past. Fast expanding middle class population, that is currently around 350 million, increased urbanization and rising disposable income are some of the major reasons contributing to this change. Besides this, growing health consciousness among Indias young population has brought about a revolution in the Indian non-alcoholic beverage market.
Juice drinks market has emerged as the fastest growing segment in the nonalcoholic beverage market and is currently growing at a CAGR of 30% and is estimated to be worth about Rs. 1,000 crore annually* (as on 2010). Of the above, nearly 60% constitutes of RTS drinks / nectar / squash mainly comprising mango, lemon and orange variants.
Juices constitute over 30% of the total market share which is largely packed in small aseptic packs.
Another segment that is growing at a good pace is the sports and energy drinks segment.