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Food Processing Opportunities in Tamil Nadu

Food Consultant for Tamil Nadu

Scenario of State of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is the southern-most Indian state, surrounded by Andhra Pradesh on the north, Karnataka & Kerala on the west, Indian Ocean on the south, and Bay of Bengal on the east. Tamil Nadu is among the most industrialised states in the country.

The state is a major producer of fruits (such as Banana, Mango, Papaya, Sapota, Watermelon); vegetables (such as Tapioca, Tomato, Brinjal, Beans, Cabbage, Ladyfinger) and spices (such as Garlic, Turmeric, Ginger, Tamarind and Chillies). Some of the major plantation crops cultivated in the state include Tea, Coffee and Cashew, and the leading cash crops of the state are Cotton, Sugarcane and Oilseeds

Advantage Tamil Nadu

  • Tamil Nadu is leading player in agro-processing sector contributing 7% in India’s food processing output- Rank 1 in the production of Banana, Tapioca, Cloves; Rank 2 in the production of Maize, Tamarind ; Rank 3 in the production of Grapes , Gram , Pepper, Turmeric.

  • Tamil Nadu has well established agricultural universities and research institutions across the state.

  • Robust infrastructure - 1 mega food park; 8 industrial parks, 4 agri-export zones11; only Indian state with 4 international airports connecting with 20 countries; 3rd largest power generation capacity. It is one of the first states in India to have 100 per cent metalled road connectivity.

  • The state has a highly qualified, skilled, disciplined, productivity-oriented and English-speaking human resource pool..

  • Tamil Nadu ranks first among all states in terms of the number of factories and industrial workers.

  • There are 278 regulated markets, 179 farmer markets in the state. By 2024, food processing levels in Tamil Nadu is predicted to increase manifold. The state has 371 Farmer Producer Organizations

​​Key Production Highlights of Tamil Nadu

Largest Producer Leading Producer of Banana, Pomegranate, Papaya, Sapota and Coconut. 3rd Largest Producer of Tea & Coffee. Tamil Nadu contributes 7% to India’s food processing output.

Meat : 2nd largest producer of Poultry. One of the largest contributor of Fish Production.


  • 1 Mega Food Park.

  • 12 Industrial Parks

  • 4 Agri-Export Zones. 

  • 8 Airports (4 International)

  • 7 ICDs.

Economic Snapshot

  • Tamil Nadu’s Net State Domestic Product (NSDP) was about Rs 14.41 trillion (US$199.69 billion) in 2018-19.

  • NSDP of the state grew at a CAGR of 11.45 per cent between 2011-12 and 2018-19.

  • The state’s per capita NSDP was Rs 186,177.65 (US$ 2,580.42) in 2018-19.

  • The per capita NSDP increased at a CAGR of 10.43 per cent between 2011-12 and 2018-19

  • Tamil Nadu recorded $ 25273.63 Million worth of exports in 2019-20 (Apr-Jan), contributing 9.54% to India's net exports. 

  • According to the DPIIT, cumulative FDI inflows* in Tamil Nadu during April 2000 to September 2019 stood at US$ 31.20 billion.

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Food Processing Opportunities 

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Fruits & Vegetable processing

  • F&V Canning & Ketchup Line

  • F&V Aseptic & Concentrate Unit

  • Fruit Juice/ Squashes

  • IQF/Frozen F&V

  • Jam & Jelly

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Food Ingredient Units

  • Food Color

  • Extracts from Spices

  • Pectin/ Antioxidant Extraction Unit

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Specialized Units-1

  • Fortified Dairy/ F&V Products

  • Fortified Bakery products

  • Nutraceutical Products

  • Probiotic Food

Spices in Heaps

Spice & Herbs Processing

  • Organic Spice Grinding Line

  • Herbs Cutting & Grinding

  • Spice Paste & Powder

  • Spice oil extraction units

  • Whole and ground Spices

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Dairy Products

  • Milk based Sweets

  • Pasteurized Milk

  • Milk Products (Paneer, Ghee, Cheese, Curd/ Lasse, Powder)

  • Canned Sweets Line

  • Ice Cream Line

  • UHT Milk Packaging in Tetrapack

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Specialized Units-2

  • Food Enzymes

  • Functional Foods

  • Super Critical Fluid Extraction

  • Food Testing Lab

  • Honey processing

Stalks of Wheat

Cereal Products

  • Flour Mill/ Rice Mill

  • Bakery Line

  • Solvent Extraction Unit

  • Macroni Products

  • Breakfast Cereals

  • Extruded & Fried Snacks

  • Instant Mixes/ Soups

Couscous with Meat and Vegetables

Egg & Meat Products

  • Frozen Meat Products

  • Egg Powder Unit

  • Canned Fish & Meat Products

  • Sausages & Salami

  • Ready to Cook products

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Pulse Products

  • Dal Mill

  • RTE Products

  • Besan Mill

  • Canned Pulses

  • Puffed Snacks

  • Organic Whole Pulses

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Beverage Unit

  • RTS Juice in Tetrapak

  • Instant Tea Products

  • Natural Mineral Water

  • Packaged Drinking Water

  • Vitamin Drink

  • Sports Drink

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