Fruit pulp is prepared from selected varieties of fruits. Fully matured fruits are harvested and quickly transported to the fruit processing plant. The fruits are ripened in controlled ripening chambers or natural ripening in open yard. Fully ripened fruits are washed, pulped, deseeded, centrifuged, homogenized, thermally processed and filled hot to maintain sterility.
Fruit Pulp/Concentrate is perfectly suited for conversion to juices, nectars, drinks, jams, fruit cheese and various other kinds of beverages. They can also be used in puddings, bakery fillings, fruit meals.
Food processing sector of India plays a vital role in improving the value addition opportunities and creating surplus food for agro-food products. Presently, a mere 2.2 per cent of fruits and vegetables are processed. The National policy of India aims to increase the percentage of food being processed in the country to 10 per cent by 2016 and 25 per cent by 2025. Food processing adds value, enhances shelf life of the perishable agro-food products and encourages crop diversification.
The major markets for fruit concentrates and puree market are European Union, the Middle East and the U.S. Fruit juices, concentrates and purees are traded internationally and used by a variety of industries; mainly the beverages industry. Beverage industry is the largest end-user of concentrates and purees, producing numerous drinks, nectars and syrups. Mango concentrate is base ingredient for all drinks.As a whole there is a good scope for new entrepreneur with manufacturing of good quality of product.
Few Indian Major Players are as under
• Canfruit Export India Ltd.
• Capricorn Food Products India Ltd.
• EnkayTexofoodInds. Ltd.
• Fortune Foods Ltd.
• Navaras Food
• Tricom Fruit Products Ltd.