Indian vegetable basket is incomplete without mentioning the king of vegetables-potato-a sustaining force and a culinary delight. Potato powder is increasingly being used in a variety of food preparations like snack foods, soups, curries and other dishes as a thickening agent. The demand is much more than the supply at present and is likely to grow with the increasing popularity of the snack foods and other items where potato powder is used as input. In India potato is largely cultivated. So it is a good idea to make potato powder from raw potato.
Potato powder ranks quite high in its supply of principal nutrients like protein, fiber and carbohydrates. Potato Powder can be used in Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Health & Personal care products, Agriculture/Animal Feed/Poultry. Potato Powder is often used in noodles, wine, gums, cocktail, nuts, hot dogs, bakery cream, instant soups and sauces. The demand of potato powder is growing continuously in India due to their increased usage in fried snacks (Alu Bhujiya), extruded products, soup powders, pasta, fabricated chips and French fries. According to projections, India, which presently produces about 25 million tonnes of potatoes per annum, will be producing about 50 million tonnes per annum by 2020. Thus, due to demand it is a good project for entrepreneurs to invest.
Few Indian major players are as under
· Balaji Wafers Pvt. Ltd.
· Garlico Industries Ltd.
· Indian Food Fermentations Ltd.
· Merino Industries Ltd.
· Shree Basukinath Food Processors Ltd.
· Southern Health Foods Pvt. Ltd.