Tomatoes are widely consumed and worldwide cultivated. They are one of the most important crops around the world. It is one of the most important food crops in India also. It grows in almost every state of the country.Tomato is one of the most important "protective foods" because of its special nutritive value. It is one of the most versatile vegetable with wide usage in Indian culinary tradition. Tomatoes are used for soup, salad, pickles, ketchup, puree, sauces and in many other ways.
Tomato is a valuable raw material used for processed products such as juice, puree, and paste, ketchup/sauce, soup and canned whole. The recent scientific advances have revolutionised tomato processing industries.Ketchup is a sweeter and diluted version of puree (Pulp). Tomato sauce tastes sweet and sour. Both sauce and ketchup are consumed with food and snacks. Tomato soup is available in both form i.e. dry and liquid form.
Tomato ketchup, Soups and Sauce are all palatable foods, used in all hotels, restaurants and houses. Tomatoes sauce and ketchup can enhance the flavor of almost any cooked dish.
India's table sauces market is predictable to increase at a CAGR of 18% over six years. Nestle's Maggi, Kissan, Heinz, Ching's, Fun Foods, Remia, Del Monte, Sil, Tops and Tabasco are driving the organized table sauces market.Tomato ketchup & sauce dominates the table sauce market, followed by chinese sauce along with its various variants.Dehydrated soups dominate the market. It is followed by canned soups which are way behind at second place.In terms of flavors, the choice of consumers has not changed significantly in last few years.Indian soup market is dominated by a few players. As a whole it is a good project for new entrepreneurs to invest.
Few Indian Major Players are as under
• Capital Foods Ltd.
• Heinz India Pvt. Ltd.
• Kissan Products Ltd.
• M T R Foods Pvt. Ltd.
• Mapro Foods Pvt. Ltd.
• Nestle India
• Nijjer Agro Foods Ltd.