Food processing is a branch of food science, which owes its existence to the prehistoric times. Food processing is the set of methods and techniques used to transform raw ingredients into food for the consumption of humans and animals. Processing of food leads to preservation of food, enhances its flavor and reduces the toxins in the food product. It leads to better distributional efficiency and helps in the easy marketing of the food product. Extra nutrients can also be added while processing the food and processed food is less susceptible to spoilage. The rising consumerism in the societies of developed and developing countries has contributed to the growth of food processing with techniques such as spray drying, juice concentrates, freeze drying and the introduction of artificial sweeteners, colorants, and preservatives. In India Food Processing industry is gaining momentum as the consumer food industry, which includes pasta, breads, cakes, pastries, corn flakes, ready to eat and ready to cook products, cocoa products, biscuits, soft drinks, beer, alcohol beverages, mineral and packaged water and segment of consumer foods is seeing an upward trend.


Food Technology is a multidisciplinary field of applied physical sciences which combines science, microbiology, and engineering education for food and related industries. Food processing industry is one of the largest industry in India and is ranked 5th in terms of production, consumption and export. It generates huge employment opportunities in food processing, industries handles products of fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, fishery, consumer's foods, grains, alcoholic drinks, aerated water, soft drinks, spices etc.

India's food processing sector and boost the country's agricultural business (according to a press release). As per the report there are about 300 Million upper and-middle-class consumers of processed and packaged food in the country, and another 200 Million are likely to be added by 2010. Ministry of Food Processing Industries is planning to establish 500 food parks in the Tenth Five Year Plan.


Quality Assurance Manager: A quality assurance manager has to examine all the raw materials, equipment and the end products. The manager has to work on the appearance, flavour and aroma of the product.

Food Packaging Manager: The job of a food packaging manager is to develop packaging and filling equipment by choosing and keeping in mind the distinct properties of a food item.

Product Development Manager: A product development manager has to assess the market for consumer behaviour. The job is to find new products and work towards the improvement of existing ones.

Laboratory Supervisor: A laboratory supervisor has to analyse the. food chemically and perform microbiological and chemical analyses to make sure that the end product is of high quantity and quality.


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