The food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and ranks fifth in terms of production, consumption and exports. The food processing industry accounts for 14% of India's manufacturing GDP. India exports processed food and related products (including animal products) to countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Companies in the food processing business serve the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry. They produce, supply and export food in various categories including milk and milk products, biscuits, fruits, beverages made from milk, etc. However, most of these products are ready-to-eat foods. In this form, there are foods and snacks that are not cooked or must be prepared before consumption.
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Let us have a look at some of the highest earning food processing companies whose products have become household names in India.
20 Best Selling Processed Food Brands In India
Below is a list of popular processed food brands in the FMCG industry in India (in alphabetical order).
Product Categories:dairy products, ice cream
Amul is India's largest dairy manufacturer. This Indian cooperative dairy company was established in 1946 and is headquartered in Anand, Gujarat. The brand's business operations are managed by Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMF), India's largest food marketing organization. Their milk is processed by 222 regional milk cooperatives and marketed by 28 state marketing associations, helping millions live better lives.
Their products include milk, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, beverages, ice cream, chocolate, milk powder and more.
The Amul Cooperative was formed in response to the exploitation of marginal milk producers by the state's existing dairy agents and traders. Thanks to Founding Chairman Tribhuvandas Patel and Dr. Tribhuvandas Patel for their inspiring leadership. Verghese Kurien has managed the dairy since 1950 and the cooperative has grown steadily.
Product Categories:dairy products, snacks
Britannia is a well-known brand in India, especially for their biscuits. Britannia Industries Ltd is one of the most trusted food brands producing India's most popular brands like Good Day, Tiger, NutriChoice, Milk Bikis and Marie Gold which are household names among consumers.
The company was established in Calcutta (now Calcutta) in 1892 as a biscuit factory. Today, Britannia's product portfolio includes biscuits, bread, cakes, rusks and dairy products such as cheese, drinks, yoghurt and more.
Britannia products are sold in nearly 5 million retail stores nationwide and in more than 60 countries around the world. The company also established the British Nutrition Foundation in 2009 and began working on a public-private partnership to tackle malnutrition among vulnerable children and women.
3. GODREJ Beverage and Food Co., Ltd.
Product Categories:Food, Beverage, Dairy
Godrej Beverages & Foods Ltd is the processed food arm of Godrej Group in India. Their food and beverage products are produced and sold by companies such as Godrej Tyson Foods, Creamline Dairy, and many others.
Godrej food and beverage brands produce dairy products, poultry, retail food, crude palm oil, palm kernel oil and a range of beverage mixes such as tea, coffee, whiteners, soups, specialty Indian beverages, a range of tea bags, and through its Store bought cold drinks. Also, the company's Creamline Dairy Products Limited division (Jersey brand) is a leading supplier of milk and dairy products in South India.
Godrej Tyson Foods, a joint venture between Godrej and US Tyson Foods, produces and sells processed poultry and vegetarian products under the brands Real Good Chicken and Yummiez.
4. Haldi Rum India Private Limited
Product Categories:Candy, Beverage, Convenience Food, Dried Fruit
Haldiram's is known for its delicious ready meals, making it a popular family brand. The company started a processed food business in a small shop in Bikaner (Rajasthan), producing savory foods such as Namkeen. As its popularity grew, the company was established in Nagpur (Maharashtra) in 1970. The company opened its first full production unit to introduce a range of delicious savory foods, confectionary and beverages to the Indian market and later expanded to every home as a brand.
Haldiram manufactures more than 410 food and snack products. The product range includes traditional Namkeens, Western snacks, Indian sweets, biscuits, sorbets and pickles like Gulab Jamun, Bikaneri Bhujia, Papad and more. The company also produces ready-to-eat mixes.
Today, Haldiram's is a successful food and snacks brand in India with multiple retail outlets and restaurants in various Indian cities. Its products are also exported to all over the world, including UK, USA, Canada, UAE, Sri Lanka, etc.
5. Johor Bahru Agricultural Products Sdn Bhd (HAP)
Product Categories:dairy products
Hatsun is another popular household brand in the dairy category in India. Hatsun Agro Products Limited, also known as HAP, is a private company that started manufacturing operations in 1970 and is headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Since then, the company has become a pioneer in the large-scale promotion of domestic dairy products.
HAP manufactures and sells a wide range of products suitable for cooking and consumption such as milk, cottage cheese, ice cream, creamer, skim milk powder, ghee, cheese and many more. These and other products are sold in India under the brands of Arun Icecreams, Arokya Milk, Hatsun Curd, Hatsun Paneer, Hatsun Ghee, Hatsun Dairy Whitener, Ibaco, etc.
Hatsun has established centers in more than 68 locations with more than 1,348 contracted vehicles, established dairy farms in 10 districts of Tamil Nadu and 3 districts of Karnataka, and has more than 300,000 milk producers. In addition, the company provides dairy consulting services to farmers regarding livestock development and productivity. The company employs more than 1,110 veterinarians and provides comprehensive animal health services. The company also works with some banks to arrange animal loans for dairy farmers.
6. Heritage Foods Limited
Product Categories:dairy products
Heritage Foods is a well-known dairy brand in South India. The company's operations are managed by Heritage Group, which was established in 1992 in Hyderabad, Telangana. Their dairy products are sold to markets in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab .
Heritage Foods produces a wide range of dairy products such as milk, cheese, ice cream, buttermilk, flavored milk, creamer, skim milk powder and more. In addition, the Fresh product line includes 177 SKUs (stock keeping units) of fresh fruit and vegetables, 150 SKUs of homemade baked goods, and its own brand Farmers' Pride for grains, beans, staples and spices.
Heritage Foods is one of India's fastest growing private dairy companies, with its flagship company, Heritage Foods Ltd, comprising five business units: Dairy, Retail, Agriculture, Bakery and Renewable Energy.
7. Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL)
Product Categories:food and drinks
Hindustan Unilever Limited is a very popular FMCG brand in India. The company manufactures and sells products in categories such as food and beverage, personal care, home care, and water purifiers. In fact, there are over 50 brands across all home product categories.
HUL has been in the consumer goods business since 1931 and is headquartered in Mumbai. Since its inception, the company has changed its name several times, eventually changing its name to Hindustan Lever Limited. However, when the company became a subsidiary of British multinational consumer goods group Unilever, this also led to HUL being renamed to its current name.
The range of food and beverage products that HUL manufactures and sells in India includes Tea, Salt, Coffee, Soup, Ketchup, Jam, Pumpkin, Juice, Mayonnaise, Ice Cream Cones, Frozen Desserts and many more. These products are sold under brands like Annapurna, Brooke Bond, Taj Mahal, Red Label, Taaza, Knorr, Lipton, Bru, Horlicks, Kissan, Cornetto, Magnum, Kwality Wall's and many more.
8. KRBL Limited
Product Categories:Basmati Rice - Reis
KRBL Ltd is India's first and largest integrated rice milling company and full chain basmati rice exporter. The company's flagship brand "Gate of India" basmati rice is the market leader, clearly ahead of most other brands in the industry. The company was established in 1889 and is headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. KRBL has direct export channels in more than 82 countries and more than 500 distributors in India. Basmati rice is widely grown in the states of Uttar Khand, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states of Jammu, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.
KRBL has the largest factory capacity in the world and sales of Basmati brand rice are increasing year by year and hitting impressive figures. In 2003, it was the first company in the Indian rice industry to receive foreign direct investment. The company has also been recognized as a four-star export enterprise.
Today, KRBL occupies an unrivaled leading position in all aspects of the Indian rice industry. The company has an extensive and well-positioned brand presence in domestic and international markets. The company has a 25% market share of the Basmati rice export brand and a 30% sales share in the domestic market.
Product Categories:instant food
Kissan is a popular brand in India, especially for its ketchup, ketchup and jam products, which are used in various cuisines by millions of households across the country. The brand started its business by introducing new food formats such as canned fruits and vegetables and baked beans.
Kissan offers a range of products in the Jelly, Ketchup & Spread, Peanut Butter and Pumpkin categories. Jams are made from fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, and oranges.
Kissan has become the number one brand of fruits and vegetables in China. Since then, our journey has focused on real ingredients, fresh vegetables and fruits. Kissan has been doing business in India since 1935. UB Group acquired Kissan from Mitchell Bros. in 1950 and Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) took over the business from UB Group in 1993.
10. Koinur Food Co., Ltd.
Product Categories:Rice, Ready Meals, Frozen Meals, Spices
Kohinoor Foods is becoming a well-known Indian style food in India and several other countries around the world including USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Middle East and Southeast Asian countries. Overseas operations are managed by the company's wholly-owned subsidiaries, namely SOL Inc., which operates in the US and Canadian markets, and Indo European Foods Limited, which is headquartered in London and serves the European market. There is also a joint venture, Al Dahra Kohinoor LLC, with operations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, serving the Middle East market.
Established in 1989, Kohinoor is represented in over 60 countries. The company produces one of the best brands of basmati rice in India. The company produces a range of basmati rice and sells it under brands such as Kohinoor, Trophy, Nawab and Charminar. In addition, it produces a wide range of food products including wheat, flour, ready-to-eat snacks and meals, casseroles, cooking sauces, spices, condiments, frozen meals, ghee, confectionery, paneer and more.
Kohinoor Foods Ltd has an extensive and unrivaled distribution network with over 200,000 retail outlets, over 100 distributors and at least 600 stockists.
11. LT Food Co., Ltd.
Product Categories:Basmati Rice - Reis
LT Foods is a major processor of basmati rice and other specialty foods. The company started a grocery business in India in 1950, specializing in basmati rice. Today, the company produces and sells high quality rice products globally under several popular brands such as Daawat, Royal, GrapeOla, eco life and Specialty Brands. The company's specialty brands are favored by connoisseurs looking to bring authentic flavors to their table, using only the finest rice and tea for ethnic dishes. Each rice variety incorporates flavors from regional cuisines from Persia, the Middle East, South Asia and more.
Their basmati rice is also one of the best-selling foods in the US. LT Foods entered the US market with the acquisition of the Royal brand in 2007. Since then, Royal has become a trusted home furnishing brand loved by many American consumers. Their brand of basmati rice, Daawat, is a household name in India.
Launched in 1980, the company's flagship brand "Dawaat" is now recognized as an industry-leading brand. The company has a strong national sales network in the domestic market, selling products such as branded rice, wheat and beans, healthy snacks, condiments and other value-added products such as palm seeds and cashew nuts. LT Foods has built a solid reputation for delivering quality food to families around the world.
12. MTR Food
Product Categories:Ready Meals, Frozen Meals, Condiments
MTR Foods is now a household name and the company is considered a heritage brand in India. MTR Foods has a new and unique brand identity in the convenience food category in India, with spices being a permanent focus in the southern region. The company was established in 1924 with the opening of MTR restaurant in Bangalore. The restaurant is now a city landmark, and people are still queuing for its unique, utterly authentic dishes.
MTR's extensive product line includes ready-to-eat curries and rice dishes, instant cooking sauces, frozen meals, ice cream, ready-to-eat mixes, condiments and a variety of pickles and sauerkraut, as well as dairy beverages. The products are further divided into two categories namely everyday favorites and gourmet treats. Daily favorites are more everyday staples, while savory dishes are more celebratory, including dishes that lift the mood at the dinner table.
MTR Foods has solidified its market leadership in South India and is poised to build a strong presence across the country, starting with North, West and East regions.
13. McCain Indians
Product Categories:frozen food
McCain India is a wholly owned subsidiary of McCain Foods Canada Ltd. Since 1998, the company has been engaged in Agricultural Research and Development (R&D) and the development of the frozen food market in India and other countries around the world.
McCain Foods is one of the world's largest makers of fast-moving consumer goods, including French fries and specialty potatoes. McCain has grown to become a global leader in the frozen foods industry. Served in restaurants and sold in retail stores, the company's products continue to add nutrition and flavor to family meals.
McCain offers a wide variety of items such as McCain French Fries, McCain Smiles McCain Super Wedges McCain Veggie Burgers, local favorites such as McCain Aloo Tikki, Idli Sambar Combo and real cheese appetizers such as McCain Cheese, Jalapeno Nuggets, Potato Cheese Shotz, Mini Samosa et al. The company's products are used by leading fast food chains, hotels, restaurants and catering companies, and are also popular for home consumption.
14. Mondelez India Foods Private Limited
Mondelez Foods India has become one of the most popular brands in India with its Cadbury, Tang, Halls, Bournvita, Oreo, Perk, 5 Star and other snack foods. Their most popular house brand is Cadbury which has a range of goodies such as chocolates, biscuits, gemstones and more. discount. The company is part of US-based Mondelez International, Inc., a multinational corporation with operations in the confectionary, food, snack and beverage industries. The company's Indian headquarters are in Mumbai.
In India, Mondelez Foods India changed its name to Cadbury India Limited before changing its name. Their Cadbury milk chocolate has been a favorite with children and adults since 1948. The company's Cadbury products currently include Cadbury 5Star, Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk, Cadbury Black Milk, Cadbury Temptation, Cadbury Gemstone, Cadbury Bournvita, Cadbury Perk, Cadbury Shots, Cadbury Fuse, Cadbury Chocobakes and more.
The company's manufacturing plants are located in Induri (Maharashtra), Malampur (Madhya Pradesh), Badik (Himachal Pradesh) and Sri City (Andhra Pradesh).
15. Mama Dairy
Product Categories:Dairy products, ice cream, fruits and vegetables, cooking oils
Mother Dairy is one of the most popular dairy brands in India. The state-owned subsidiary was established in 1974 and is headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Mother Dairy is a subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), a statutory body established by Act of the Parliament of India under the Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Industries, Government of India. A large part of the brand's liquid milk comes mainly from dairy cooperatives and village-level farmers' organizations to ensure high-quality, reliable and safe consumption of milk and dairy products.
Under the Mother Dairy brand, the company produces, markets and sells milk and dairy products including fermented products, ice cream, cheese, butter, ghee, curd (dahi), lassi, chach, probiotic milk, flavored milk and more. The company also has a diversified product portfolio that includes breads, beans, cooking oils, fruits and vegetables, frozen vegetables, and processed foods such as juices, shakes, fruit yoghurts, and jams.
Mother Dairy also carries other food brands namely Safal and Dhara. In India, Safal is in the fruit, pulp and concentrate, frozen fruit and vegetables business, while Dhara is in the cooking oil business, sold under the brand Dhara cooking oil.
16. Nestle India
Product Categories:dairy products, beverages, food
Nestle was established in India in 1961 with its first factory in Mojab, Punjab, dedicated to the development of dairy farming. The company currently has four offices and about eight manufacturing plants in India. For more than ninety years, Nestlé has been a partner in India's economic growth and has developed a very special relationship of trust and commitment with the Indian people.
Nestlé India manufactures a range of products of truly international quality with internationally recognized brand names such as NESCAFÉ, MAGGI, MILKY BAR, KIT KAT, BAR-ONE, MILKMAID and NESTEA. In recent years, the company has also launched products for daily consumption and use such as Nestle Milk, Nestle Slimming Milk, Nestle Dahi and Nestle Jeera Raita.
The company's operations in India provide direct and indirect employment and support approximately one million people, including farmers and suppliers of packaging materials, services and other goods.
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Parle Agro is India's largest food and beverage company. The company was established in 1959 as the Vadodara Bottling Company in the carbonated beverage business. The original Parle company was founded in 1929 and is owned by the Chauhan family.
Parle rose to fame by launching product brands such as Frooti, Parle-G Biscuits, Appy, Appy Fizz, BFizz, SMOODH, Bailley, Bailley Soda, Dhishoom, Frio and many more. Parle Agro is today known for its diversification in the food sector and its leading position in the beverage sector. Parle operates in four business segments: beverages (juice drinks, nectars, carbonated drinks and carbonated soft drinks), packaged drinking water, food and pet preforms. Each of these branches acts as a separate entity.
Parle has expanded its infrastructure to 84 manufacturing plants in India and abroad. The company has built an extensive network of more than 5,000 dealers serving more than 6,000,000 retail stores nationwide and has a strong presence in at least 50 countries.
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Sunfeast is a popular biscuit and cake brand launched by ITC in India in 2003. ITC's premium FMCG brands include Aashirvaad, Sunfeast, Yippee!, Bingo!, B Natural, ITC Master Chef, Fabelle, Sunbean, Fiama, Engage, Vivel, Savlon, Classmate, Papercraft, Mangaldeep, Aim and many more.
Sunfeast Farmlite Nut Digestive, Sunfeast Farmlite Veda Digestive, Sunfeast Veda Maries Lite, Sunfeast Dark Fantasy Dessert, Sunfeast Dark Fantasy Chocolate Nut Filling, Sunfeast Dark Fantasy Chocolate Nut Filling, Sunfeast Bounce Double Cream, Sunfeast Dark Fantasy Yumfills, Sunfeast Cake Triple 1. Sunfeast cake Biskuitrolle und mehr.
Sunfeast biscuits also have different brands such as Marie, Nice, Glucose, Farmlite, Dark Fantasy, Bounce, Mom's Magic, etc.
19. Wadila Industrial Co., Ltd.
Product Categories:Ice Cream, Flavored Milk, Snacks
Vadilal is a famous vegan ice cream and flavored milk brand in India. However, the company didn't start out producing ice cream when it was founded. In 1907, Vadiral sold lemonade from a lemonade fountain using a hand crank machine and later opened a small retail shop. In 1926, company founder Vadilal Gandhi entered the ice cream business by importing ice machines.
The founder of the company used to make ice cream using the traditional Kothi method ie. H. He uses a hand machine to stir the milk with the other ingredients, ice and salt. Home delivery was also offered at the time, and the ice cream was served in an insulated box. Their flagship product, Cassata ice cream, was introduced in the 1950s.
Today, Vadilal offers various flavors of ice cream, flavored milks, snacks and desserts in India. Vadilal also owns the retail business of the Happinnezz ice cream chain, which operates through a franchise model. All of their products are vegan and don't require eggs.
20. VENKY'S (India) Ltd.
Product Categories:processed chicken
Venky's is a popular brand of processed chicken in India. The company is part of the VH Group, which was established in 1971 and is headquartered in Pune. The company has diversified into categories including processed food, nutraceuticals, human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, and animal vaccines.
Its business activities and products include SPF eggs, chicken and egg processing, broiler and layer breeding, genetic research and diagnosis of poultry diseases, poultry vaccines and feed additives, vaccine production, biosecurity products, poultry feed and equipment, nutraceuticals , soy extract and much more.
Venky's offers a variety of processed chicken including Chicken Frank, Chicken Lollipop, Chicken Meatballs, Murg Masala, Chicken Pepper Salami, Chicken Pepper Salami Slices (Red and Yellow Peppers) and more. The company also opened its first fast food restaurant in Pune called Venky's Xprs, which specializes in processed chicken.
Food processing companies in India offer consumers a wide range of edible items suitable for every occasion and everyone.