1. Nestle India
Headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestlé is the largest food producing company in the world as well as in India. With leading products like Maggi, KitKat, Milky Bar, Polo, Nescafe, and many more, Nestlé’s annual sales is more than the U.S. $ 1.1 billion. It has a wide range of products in baby food, breakfast cereals, coffee and tea, an assortment in confectionaries and many more. It is having a total of 8 manufacturing facilities and 4 branch offices (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata) in India.
2. Parle Agro
Parlé Argo is, in fact, an Indian company owning product brands like Frooti, Appy, Bailey, and Coca-Cola. Initially owned by the Chauhan family, the company later got divided into three distinct fractions known as Parle Products, Parle Argo, and Parle Bisleri. With an annual revenue of U.S. $ 431 million, it’s one of the highest grossing companies in India with products like Grappo Fizz, Café Cuba, Frooti. Other products of this company includes beverages like LMN, Fizz, and many more.
3. Britannia Industries Limited
The 126 years old company, Britannia Industries Limited specializes in the manufacturing and selling of biscuits, bread, cakes, and dairy products. Having a net income of U.S. $ 120 million, Britannia is one of the most popular brands in India with products like Milk Bikis, Good Day, Nutri Choice, Little Hearts, Jim Jam, Cheese, and many more.
Formerly known as ‘Cadbury Schweppes,’ the British multinational company specializes in chocolate confectioneries. Having its headquarters in Uxbridge, London, Cadbury has a huge market around the globe in countries like India, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. With a market share of 70% in the chocolate confectionery business, it’s most renowned products are Cadbury Dairy Milk, Dairy Milk Silk, Bournville, 5-Star, Perk, Oreo, Eclairs, Gems, and many more.
Founded in 1948 in Gujarat, Amul is one the most proclaimed companies ruling the Indian food market. After being owned by 3.6 million milk manufactures in Gujarat, it is the world’s largest producer of milk and milk products. Producer of Milk, Bread spreads, UHT milk, Butter, Ice Cream, Paneer and many more, Amul thus, has an annual revenue as high as the US $ 280 billion and is one of the most loved and accepted brands in the country.
It is India’s second largest ice cream player after Amul and exports large shares of frozen vegetables and instant snacks, curries, and bread. Having 150 plus flavors of ice creams, Vadilal amounts to a gross amount of 4.5 billion per year. The export of its processed food to regions like the USA and Western Europe is proving to strengthen its ties with the western countries in terms of business and socio-economic relations.
7. MTR Foods
The company’s roots go back to Bangalore where in 1924; the first MTR restaurant was established. Through the decades, the company has expanded its business by producing wide ranges of ready-to-eat curries, ready-to-eat gravies, frozen food, ice-cream, instant mixes, spices and variety of pickles and papads, and milk beverages drinks. With its partnership with Norwegian conglomerate, Orkla, MTR Foods grossed a total of U.S. $ 8.9 million in 2017, thus making it a very strong competition in the Indian food market industry.
Haldiram’s is one of the major Indian sweets and snacks manufacturing company based in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Its products are exported to countries all over the world including the UK, USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, and many more. The company has an annual turnover of US $ 590 million having over 100 products like frozen meals, ice creams, sweets, cookies, chips, and other snacks. Along with packaged food, Haldiram’s is a chain of restaurants spread all over the nation which is quite popular among the people.
9. KRBL Limited
World’s largest rice millers and basmati rice exporters, KRBL Limited is the go-to company when one thinks of Basmati rice, and with rice being a staple in India it happens a lot. The company exports rice to regions like the Middle East, Europe, USA, Canada, and Africa, with an annual income of around the U.S. $ 3.3 million. So, if next time you are confused between your rice brands in the rice section aisle, then let this article help you choose the best one in the house.
10. Mother Dairy
Mother Dairy Fruits & Vegetable Private Limited is an Indian company manufacturing and selling dairy products as well as edible oils, fresh and frozen fruits, frozen vegetables, juices, yogurts, jams, pickles, etc. The company has its headquarters in Uttar Pradesh and supplies across 40 countries including the USA, Russia, Middle East, and so on. Making an annual income of around the U.S. $ 970 million, the company also has an oil brand named ‘Dhara.’
11. Hindustan Unilever
The subsidiary of the British-Dutch company Unilever, Hindustan Unilever Limited based in Mumbai produces a lot of products including food and beverages. The food products include Annapurna Salt and Atta, Lipton Tea, Bru Coffee, Knorr Soup, and Moodles, etc. With annual revenue of U.S. $ 4.8 billion, HUL is one of the largest consumer goods and food company in India.
The Canadian multi-national company is the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potatoes and has a very big market in India. With its processing plant in Mehsana, Gujarat, the company’s sale has reached as much as the U.S. $ 150 million in the past year. Its products include French fries, smiles, chili potato, tater tots, etc. as suited to the Indian taste buds and so on. The products of the company are loved by kids for the elderly all over the country.
Essentially introduced for the British settlers in 1935, the company was later taken over by Late Vittal Malya in 1950. Over the years, the brand introduced canned fruits and vegetables, baked beans and slowly emerged as the first ever fruit and vegetable brand in the country. Its products include wide assortments of jams, ketchups, and squashes with an annual gross totaling up to 1000 crores in India.
14. Godrej Beverages and Foods Limited
Godrej Beverages & Foods (GBF) is one of the most famous processed foods companies in India focusing on branded teas, processed foods, and confectionery. It has brands including Jumpin (food beverages), Sofit (soy products). One of the sub-brands of this company is also the very famous brand of Hershey’s.
15. Pepsico India
It is the multi-national American company specializing in the manufacture and sale of food, beverages, and snacks. The company has crossed the annual income of over the U.S.$ 1 billion, and has a lot of products in the market such as Pepsi, Doritos, Lays, Quaker Foods, Mirinda, and many more. The company has acclaimed a lot of fame over the decades and has a very strong position in the Indian food market.
16. Kwality Dairy India Limited
The company specializes in the production and handling of dairy products in India. It produces various types of dairy products including milk, butter, ghee, curd, yogurt, cheese, etc. Kwality Dairy had a total of 164 crores as its annual income last year and has its headquarters in Kolkata.
17. Hatsun Argo
Hatsun Argo manufactures products catering to both cooking and consumption like milk, milk powder, ghee, paneer, etc. The company also exports its products to 38 countries around the globe, primarily America, the Middle East, and the South Asian markets. It has an annual income of around 384 crores making it an important source of the country’s economy.
18. Heritage Foods Limited
Founded in 1992, the Southern Indian Company is one of the largest dairy enterprises in the sub-continent. The company has its ties with states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and a few more. Heritage Foods include dairy products like milk, curd, ice cream, buttermilk, etc.
The Indian company of Patanjali has gained a lot of attention in the commercial market including the food industry as it has produced a number of healthy products as opposed to the unhealthy products in the market. With an increase in its annual income of 317 crores in 2011 to 25000 crores in 2017, the company introduced a number of food products like Atta, Biscuits, Sweets, Rice and many more.
ITC launched a series of biscuits under the brand name of ‘Sunfeast’ in 2003 which is now the largest biscuit producing brand in the country. One of its most renowned products, the Dark Fantasy has taken the Indian market with surprise with its chocolate filled center. The company has other products like digestive biscuits and cookies. With its headquarters in Kolkata, the company has an annual income of more than INR 50 million.