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Food Processing Opportunities in West Bengal

Food Consultant for West Bengal

Scenario of State of West Bengal

West Bengal is situated in eastern India and shares its borders with Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Sikkim and Assam.

The state has a vast network of railways and roadways, running over 4,100 km and 315,404 km respectively, and natural maritime advantages with potential navigable waterways including NW-1, NW - 5 and waterfront of 950 km. The state is well connected globally with Haldia and Kolkata ports and international airports in Kolkata & Bagdogra. Potato, Pineapple, Banana, Papaya, Jackfruit, Rice, Wheat, Turmeric, Ginger, Tea and Chilli are the Major Crops of State.

Advantage West Bengal

  • Location advantage makes the state a traditional market for eastern India, the Northeast, Nepal and Bhutan. It is also a strategic entry point for markets in South-East Asia.

  • Cost of operating a business is lower in Kolkata than in other metropolitan cities.

  • West Bengal offers excellent connectivity to the rest of India in terms of railways, roadways, ports and airports.

  • Among the largest producers of paddy, jute, pineapple, brinjal, cabbage, tea, meat and fish in India.

  • Robust infrastructure to support a booming food processing industry- 5 food parks, 8 industrial parks and 6 agri-export zones.

  • The state also provides easy access to important international trade routes to countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore

​​Key Production Highlights of West Bengal

Meat : West Bengal stands on top in Meat production includes poultry in the country. One of the Largest producer of FishLargest Producer : Largest producer of Vegetable in India. 2nd largest producer of Tea in India.



  • 2 Mega Food Park.

  • 13 Industrial Parks/ Food Parks

  • 6 Agri Export Zones.

  • 7 Airports

Economic Snapshot

  • At current prices, gross state domestic product (GSDP) of West Bengal is estimated at Rs 11.55 trillion (US$ 165.26 billion) in 2018-19

  • The average annual GSDP growth rate from 2011-12 to 2018-19 was about 12.06 per cent.

  • West Bengal’s per capita NSDP increased to Rs 1,09,491 in 2018-19 from Rs 1,00,733.

  • West Bengal recorded $ 8060.32 Million worth of exports in 2019-20 (Apr-Dec), contributing 3.04% to India's net exports. 

  • According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DPIIT), FDI inflows in West Bengal, along with Sikkim and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, during April 2000 to September 2019, totalled US$ 5,850 million.

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Spices Crops




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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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