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Chennai, Nov. 15

SATNAM Overseas Ltd, the company which owns the Kohinoor brand, has set up one of the first "great food factories to the world", according to Mr P.K. Mohapatra, Chairman, FoodPro 2005 the conference on food processing organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

He said the company had facilities in Surajkund outside Delhi, which now manufactures Indian curry, packs it in 10-litre drums and exports to the US and UK.

The company's cold warehouse in the port city of Felixstowe, UK, stores the curry containers and supplies them every week to around 3,000 Indian restaurants in the UK.

Indian restaurants no longer go through the tedium of cooking curries in London, New York or Chicago as their back-room kitchen is managed in India by Satnam Overseas, Mr Mohapatra said.

Mr Jehangir Gariyali, General Manager, ITC Ltd, said most hotels and restaurants require processed meats, seafood, ready-to-use perishables, processed and semi-processed bakery products. Only some signature restaurants do not go in for outsourcing, he said.

Mr Gariyali said there was an opportunity for the unorganised sector to supply cut vegetables to the food service industry.

The expectations of the food service industry have to be fulfilled, he said.

In the case of dairy products, the food service industry requires multi-graded products such as whipping cream, full cream and cooking cream.

Partners expect hygienic processing facilities, which will be inspected.

Mr Gariyali said delivery should be in "excellent and prime condition."

The supply should be guaranteed and prices should not fluctuate. The quality of the products should be standardised and consistent.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated November 16, 2005)
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