ETG Agro India commissions automated nuts processing plant with 10,000 MT capacity
For the year 2021-22, the company is estimating the sales of over 8000 MT.
Source: public domain (ETG)
ETG Agro India, with its flagship enterprise ETC Agro Processing India Pvt. Ltd, is one of the largest processors and marketers in the global pulse processing industry. It has recently commissioned a state-of-the-art Nuts – Almonds processing plant with over 100 strong women workforce at Kheda, Gujarat. Originally a pulses processor, ETG Agro India’s move to add this new product line and open a new revenue stream comes on the heels of rising demand for nuts in the Indian market.
The processing unit is focused on the deshelling and processing of almonds and is among the biggest almonds processing plants in India. The plant’s processing capacity is over 10,000 MT raw almonds per annum. The sorting line is fully operated by the skilled women workers who are deployed to provide hand-picked, assorted, superior quality almonds. Nuts will be marketed under the brand – ETG AGRO NATURZ – PRO NUTS in both bulk and consumer pack formats.
Parag Gadre, CEO - ETG Agro India said, “Presently we are observing some interesting trends in consumption of staples and overall snacking at home. Consumers across demographics and age groups are exercising increasing health consciousness - including mental health - while making choices for bites at home. Preference for vegetarian protein is making its way into the Indian kitchen. The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdowns have brought a lot of people to home cooking, baking, and experimenting with easily accessible staples, processed foods, and even discretionary snacks and munchies such as Nuts. These behavioral trends are manifesting in the rising consumption of Nuts, especially Almonds. However, there is a huge gap in the supply of unadulterated, clean, and hygienic nuts. We have observed that institutional buyers and domestic traders are longing for a reliable global partner who have a reputation established in the Indian market, and this is where ETG comes in. ETG PRO Nuts plant aims to deliver pure and hygienic nuts to the consumer while being a solid partner to India’s nuts traders and institutional buyers.”
Kapil Yadav – Head Nuts Business said, “ETG Pro Nuts (Almond) plant is a state-of-the-art processing facility with a capacity of over 3.5 MT per hour. Setting up this plant and commissioning the same in November-20 has been exemplary execution, especially during the COVID time. India has a huge potential for nuts market. In developed countries consumption of nuts like almonds is around ten times more.
ETG Agro India will be sourcing Nuts- such as walnuts/ cashews from domestic growers, and almonds from global origins such as USA and Australia. The company has established partnership with key suppliers. For the year 2021-22, the company is estimating the sales of over 8000 MT.