Ghee is widely used in Indian cooking, and is the second largest consumed dairy product in India. The ghee market is growing due to various forces: population growth, rising disposable incomes, easy availability, and greater awareness about the health benefits of ghee. No wonder the ghee market is growing at a CAGR of around 15% during 2019-2024.
Currently, Uttar Pradesh represents the largest market, accounting for majority of the total ghee market in the country. It is followed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Some of the prominent players operating in the market include GCMMF, RCDF, Mother Dairy, Patanjali, SMC Foods, etc.
Ghee packaging materials with Nichrome
Although ghee has long keeping quality and can be stored for 6 to 12 months under the right conditions, proper filling and packaging plays a crucial role. Exposure to heat, light, air, water vapour and certain metals can cause deterioration, making ghee rancid.
Nichrome offers technology to package ghee in all the most commonly used packaging materials:
Tin Cans: These are generally used for bulk packs of 5L and 15L, and coated to ensure rusting does not occur.
Glass bottles: These provide excellent protection to the ghee quality. Glass bottles are generally used for retail packs of 100g to 500g.
Semi-rigid containers: These are generally made from HDPE and offer the advantages of being light weight, economical and transport-worthy. These come in different types: blow moulded HDPE bottles, jars & jerry cans; and PET bottles which are odour free and offer gas barrier properties.
Flexible pouches: These are the most economical for ghee packaging. Materials used for pouches are chosen to fulfil the following criteria:
- should not react with ghee
- should be easily available at low cost
- should be nontoxic
- should not allow printing ink to penetrate into the ghee
- should have good barrier properties against spoilage
- should withstand transportation
Nichrome’s ghee packaging solutions
Nichrome offers many solutions for ghee packaging to match your space, packaging format and budget requirements. Following are the 3 most popular ones:
VFFS ghee pouch packaging machine
Nichrome’s most popular ghee packing machine is the FILPACK SERVO SMD, a durable, heavy-duty performer, with touch screen HMI panel and PLC that controls operations. It occupies less floor space and has an enclosed SS cabinet for hygienic operation.
For packaging ghee and other viscous products such as oil, ketchup, fruit pulp, mayonnaise, curry pastes, and even grease, paint, adhesives, etc., FILPACK SERVO SMD operates at a speed of 70 to 85 pouches per minute, depending on the size of the package.
It packs in 3 side seal pouches in quantities ranging from 50 ml to 1000 ml.
FILPACK SERVO SMD comes with twin head construction with independent head operation so you can pack two different products and quantities simultaneously.
Bottle Filling Line
Nichrome offers an efficient integrated system for bottle filling and packaging that covers a turntable, UV sterilisation chamber, automatic liquid filling machine, cap feeding elevator, rotary capping machine, induction sealer, labelling machine, date & batch coding system, and packing table.
It is a PLC controlled system for viscous products such as ghee, ketchup, chocolate sauce and more. Other applications include a wide range of food & beverage liquids such as flavoured milk, soft drinks, energy drinks, water & buttermilk; non-food liquids such as perfumes, oil, shampoo, handwash.
SKUs range from 100 ml to 20 ltrs.
Tin Filling Line
Nichrome's Tin Filling Line is a sturdy, low-maintenance system made for accurate and efficient performance. The PLC-controlled line has a digital LCD touch screen displaying settings, and safety enclosures with interlocks for rotary parts.
This is a tin/composite tin friendly line with auto lid feeding, placing and lid seaming. Machine construction is available in SS3014, SS316 and MS painted material. Various tin sterilisation and cleaning options are available.
The rising demand for ghee and the cost-effectiveness of flexible packaging are good reasons for ghee manufacturers to consider Nichrome's ghee packaging solutions. Nichrome not only offers the latest technology for ghee packaging, it offers the expertise to customise and manufacture solutions for enterprises big and small.
Four decades ago, Nichrome started operations as a pioneer in milk pouch packaging machines for India’s White Revolution. Today, Nichrome’s know-how and capabilities cover packaging of diverse dairy products. Nichrome is well known as a leading integrated packaging solutions provider, trusted for its top-notch technology, manufacturing capabilities, nation-wide support & service – and above all, its problem-solving skills. Nichrome loves to partner with customers through the complete life cycle, delivering the optimal application-specific solution.
Nichrome is based in Pune, India, with a sales & service network that spans India and the world. Nichrome has presence in 45 countries and more than 7000 successful installations worldwide.
Having first started in Pune in 1948, Nichrome established itself in the world of packaging in 1977. Today the company incorporates 37 years of experience in providing innovative packaging solutions throughout a wide array of industries and applications. Nichrome provides packaging solutions for specific product lines with its high quality and flexible machine lines ranging from its food packaging machine lines to its liquid packaging machine product lines.
Nichrome has developed a versatile range of machines that can meet the packaging specificities of a varied range of products. Nichrome emphasizes on giving complete support to our customers, from consultation and development of the machine as per client requirements, to production of the packaging machine and providing extensive after sales service. Nichrome is dedicated to providing the highest production rates, maximum accuracy and consistent pouch quality as per each individual client’s requirements.