FOOD AND BEVERAGES India is the world's second largest producer of food next to China, and has the potential of being the biggest with the food and agricultural sector. The total food production in India is likely to double in the next ten years and there is an opportunity for large investments in food and food processing technologies, skills and equipment, especially in areas of Canning, Dairy and Food Processing, Specialty Processing, Packaging, Frozen Food/Refrigeration and Thermo Processing. Fruits & Vegetables, Fisheries, Milk & Milk Products, Meat & Poultry, Packaged/Convenience Foods, Alcoholic Beverages & Soft Drinks and Grains are important sub-sectors of the food processing industry. Health food and health food supplements is another rapidly rising segment of this industry which is gaining vast popularity amongst the health conscious.

With rising Income levels and emerging Retail Industry , Indian Consumer is expected to be more quality and Brand conscious.Add to this is their Increased awareness of Health Issues and Healthy Food Products.

The Entry of Multinationals and the increasing number of aggressive regional players making forays into increasing categories are going to be the key drivers of this Industry's Growth.