Himalaya International announced yesterday that its Rs 160-crore new food processing unit at Sultanpur, Mehsana in Gujarat has commenced production, according to an IANS report.
Man Mohan Malik (Left) and Narendra Modi at Himalaya International plant.
Man Mohan Malik, Chairman, Himalaya International said: "We have set a target in excess of Rs 600 crore annually from overseas markets. We have orders pouring in from the US, Singapore, UAE and Malaysia. We would launch our products in all major cities pan India, as there is a growing demand for our products".
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi formally inaugurated the new plant, which is built on 21 hectares of land, which has facility for growing mushrooms, besides processing potatoes and other vegetables, along with the processing of milk to produce mozzarella cheese sticks, paneer and frozen yoghurt.
According to the official, the installed capacity of the mushroom division was 60,000 tonnes of compost a year which would produce 12,000 tonnes of mushrooms per annum with an yield of 20 percent at 100 percent operating capacity.
What is more, the facility will also make 6,000 tonnes of mozzarella cheese, 9,000 tonnes of yoghurt, 27,000 tonnes of appetisers and 27,000 tonnes of French fries a year. The company also has a storage facility for 2,000 tonnes of frozen products. Malik added: 'The facility will provide direct employment to 1,500 persons and indirect employment to about 5,000 people who reside in and around the area'.